Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Beirut protest in support of Palestinians
Beirut earmarks $1 million to help Gazans, declares official day of mourning
Daily Star staff
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
BEIRUT: Lebanon's Cabinet said on Tuesday it would donate $1 million to help Palestinians affected by continuing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. "The Cabinet has decided to provide $1 million in immediate assistance to aid the injured and afflicted in Gaza," Information Minister Tarek Mitri told reporters after the ministers met at Baabda Palace for a session presided over by President Michel Sleiman .
The government also announced that it will also launch a drive to raise funds for Gaza relief efforts. In addition, Wednesday was declared a day of national mourning, with flags at state institutions to be flown at half-mast.
Mitri stressed the "necessity of lifting the blockade against Gaza and ensuring access of medical and humanitarian assistance to the wounded."
The news came as Israel bombed Gaza for a fourth day in a row. A medical official in the enclave said at least 368 Palestinians, including more than 50 civilians, had been killed in the raids.
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