RIYADH, (Reuters) – A Saudi television appeal has raised at least 108.8 million riyals ($29 million) for Lebanon, where Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas have been fighting for more than two weeks, the state media said on Thursday.
The money gathered during the day-long “telethon”, which lasted until the early hours of Thursday, included 10 million riyals from King Abdullah and 5 million riyals from Crown Prince Sultan, the state news agency SPA said.
Saudi Arabia said earlier this week it had placed $1 billion in Lebanon’s central bank, an effort to prop up the Lebanese pound, and given a separate donation of $500 million to help rebuild the battered country.
At least 433 Lebanese and 51 Israelis have died in the Jewish state’s conflict with Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Donations for Lebanon, where infrastructure has been ruined by Israeli bombardments, has been pouring in from around the world.