Saudi Arabia offers funding to clear mines in Lebanon

09 April 2008
Saudi Arabia has donated $500,000 to Lebanon to assist in the clearance of landmines from the country’s southern border regions.

Under a directive of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the kingdom passed the money to the UN Mine Action Co-ordination Centre.

The southern region of Lebanon bordering Israel has been heavily mined for decades and mining increased in 2006 during Hezbollah’s summer war with Israel.

A Saudi embassy official in Beirut says the latest financial assistance is part of the kingdom’s wider support for Lebanon and its people.

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