France, Saudi Arabia Announce Humanitarian Aid Fund for Lebanon
France and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the creation of a $30 million joint development fund to support Lebanon, the French Embassy in Beirut said in a statement. The funds will provide emergency aid, including food and health care services, to the most vulnerable populations in Lebanon, and will support the main public hospital in the northern city of Tripoli. This includes cash aid benefitting around 7,500 people, as well as baby milk for families in need, the French Foreign Ministry said in a tweet. Lebanon has been suffering from a severe economic crisis, leading to the collapse of the local currency while plunging over 70% of the population into poverty.