U.S. to offer $67 million to support Lebanon's army

U.S. to offer $67 million to support Lebanon's army

Oct 14 Reuters - The United States will offer an additional $67 million to support Lebanon's army, U.S. Army. Secretary of State Nuland told Beirut on Thursday in Beirut.

At a news conference, Nuland said the United States was working with the Lebanese authorities, along the World Bank and humanitarian relief agencies to help the country amid its deep economic crisis.

She offered condolences from the United States to the nation after violence erupted in Beirut, resulting in at least six dead and several wounded.

Authorities said the bloodshed was a result of gunfire against protesters who were going to take part in an Iran-sponsored demonstration called by Hezbollah, the Shi'ite group. Demonstrators had been gathering to demand the removal of the judge investigating the last year's Beirut port explosion.

Hezbollah and its Shi'ite ally, the Amal movement, accused the Christian Lebanese Forces Party of being behind the shootings.

Lebanon is facing a financial meltdown, leading to shortages of basic products, including fuel. In order to overcome the crisis, Iran is sending fuel to Lebanon.

The American Nuland said any support offered by oil producers in Iran was a publicity stunt.