JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) -Saudi Arabia has reportedly pledged 50 million dollars in immediate aid to Lebanon, after Lebanon’s government appealed for international help.
“In response to the appeal of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Fuad Siniora, King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has ordered an immediate transfer of 50 million dollars to be at the PM’s disposal,” the official SPA news agency reported.
SPA said the aid package is aimed at helping the Lebanese government provide relief and needed services “to reduce the suffering of our brotherly Lebanese people.”
Late Saturday, Siniora declared Lebanon a “devastated zone” and asked for international help, after Israeli raids killed more than 100 people and ravaged the country’s newly-built infrastructure.
Oil-rich Kuwait later announced it was sending urgent relief aid worth 20 million dollars to Lebanon, an official statement said.
“The cabinet decided to allocate 20 million dollars to send urgent relief aid to brothers in Lebanon to help them confront the impact of this barbaric (Israeli) aggression,” the statement said following the weekly cabinet meeting.