Cheers when column of Iranian fuel arrived in Lebanon

Around 80 tankers crossed the border between Syria and the Hermel region in eastern Lebanon on Thursday. They were greeted by happy Hezbollah supporters waving the flag of the Shia Muslim group, and women tossing rice and rose petals.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised in August that he would provide fuel, which is now in short supply, as a result of the economic crisis, and that it would come from Iran.

Lebanon was no longer able to service its government debt last year. The country can thus no longer afford to import important goods, not even petrol and diesel used in power generators.

Earlier this week, the first Iranian cargo ship arrived in the Syrian port city of Baniyas. The cargo was then unloaded onto trucks and sent on to Lebanon.

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