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Kuwait delivers six ambulances to Lebanon

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By Omar Al-Halabi

BEIRUT, June 19 (KUNA) -- Charge d'affaires of Kuwait Embassy here Tareq Al-Hamad handed Lebanon's Higher Authority for Relief (HAR) and the Lebanese Red Cross Society (LRCS) Tuesday six ambulances as a humanitarian contribution form the Kuwaiti Red Crescent Society (KRCS).

The ambulances will help the HAR and the LRSC workers hospitalize and medicate the casualties of the recent unrest in north Lebanon.

They were delivered to the Lebanese side in a ceremony held at a yard of the government palace here with Al-Hamad and representative of the KRCS in Lebanon Musaed Rashed Al-Anzi attending.

The Lebanese side was represented by HAR Secretary General Major General Yahya Raad, LRCS deputy chairman Walid Kabbah and coordinator of crisis management department of the LRCS George Ketani.

The assistance is part of Kuwaiti humanitarian relief to the Lebanese people who were severely hit by the recent regretful incidents in north Lebanon, Al-Hamad told KUNA.

The ambulances together with other foodstuffs and medical supplies that reached Lebanon Monday will help significantly meet the needs of wounded and sick people whether Lebanese or Palestinian refugees in the refugee camps or elsewhere, he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Raad welcomed the Kuwaiti contributions to Lebanon in tough times. Kuwait is always in the forefront of humanitarian relief donors to Lebanon, he said in similar statements to KUNA.

Kuwait, under instructions of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah spared no effort in giving a hand to the Lebanese people during the Israeli aggression against Lebanon in July, 2006 and ongoing unrest in the Palestinian refugee camp of Nahr Al-Bared, north Lebanon, since May 20, he asserted.

For his part, Al-Anzi said the assistances, amounting in value to USD 5 million were in line with the instructions of H.H. the Amir to help the LRCS and the HAR meet the challenging medical situation due to increasing number of casualties in the unrest in northern Lebanon.

Another convoy consisting of 260 tons of Kuwaiti assistances is due here Thursday, he revealed.

In separate interview with KUNA, Kabbah highly appreciated the Kuwaiti humanitarian relief and thanked Kuwaiti Amir, government and people for the material and moral support they offered to his country.

A Kuwaiti military transport plane arrived at Al-Hariri International Airport here Monday carrying the six ambulances and other relief items to Lebanon. (end) ah.gb.

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