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First Convoy Carrying Iranian Fuel Enter Lebanon From Syria Amid Celebration By Hezbollah Supporters (Photos, Videos)

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First Convoy Carrying Iranian Fuel Enter Lebanon From Syria Amid Celebration By Hezbollah Supporters (Photos, Videos)

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On September 16, a convoy of 80 tankers loaded with more than a million letters of fuel which were imported from Iran by Hezbollah entered Lebanon from Syria.

While passing through the northern Lebanese province of Beqaa, the convoy was greeted and celebrated by thousands of Hezbollah supporters.

The Iranian fuel was shipped via sea to Syria’s Banias port in order to avoid any sanctions or restrictions by the US. Soon after arriving at the port on September 12, work to discharge the shipment and fill the tankers began.

The fuel will be stored in tanks owned by Hezbollah in the city of Baalbek, about 67 kilometers northeast of Beirut. Al-Amana, a US-sanctioned company that belongs to the Lebanese group, is expected to receive and disrepute the Iranian fuel.

Hezbollah imported the Iranian fuel last August in order to help ease the economic crisis in Lebanon. The crisis led to a serious shortage of fuel in the past few months.

According to Hezbollah, governmental hospitals, nursing homes, orphanages, municipalities that handle the task of pumping water, fire brigades and the Lebanese Red Cross will benefit from the fuel shipment.

This will not be the last Iranian fuel shipment to reach Lebanon. Other shipments are already on their way to Syria. Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that even more could be imported in the future.

Hezbollah decision to import Iranian fuel provoked the US, which feared an Iranian economic takeover in Lebanon. In response, Washington launched its own initiative to support Lebanon by providing gas from Egypt and electricity from Jordan. Both will, however, pass though Syria which will benefit from the initiative.

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