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Kuwait sends relief aid to Lebanon society

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KUWAIT, June 18 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has begun to send relief aid to Lebanon to help those who were affected by the ongoing gunfight between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam militants in north Lebanon.

Upon directives from His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to show solidarity with the Lebanese people, the KRCS has sent Lebanon 16 trucks laden with 260-ton relief aid, including food, an official source of the KRCS told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) here Monday.

In this context, a Kuwaiti Air Force aircraft carrying 12 tons of humanitarian aid has already arrived in Beirut earlier in the day, it said, adding that the KRCS would dispatch more batches of relief aid to Lebanon later.

On May 27th, the Kuwaiti Cabinet decided to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon in a bid to ease the pains and sufferings of those who were affected by the ongoing gunfight between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam militants in north Lebanon, which flared up on May 20th.

Clashes between both sides have so far claimed the lives of scores of Lebanese troops and militants and forced over 35,000 residents of Nahar al-Bared, the site of violence, to leave their houses in a bid to save their lives. (end) mms.mt

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