Donors pledge more than $940 million for Lebanon

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August 31, 2006 21:13

 
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World donors on Thursday nearly doubled the amount of money sought to help to rebuild Lebanon, with more $940 million pledged for early reconstruction efforts. Donors also called for Israel to lift its blockade of the country. The amount was more than the $500 million that organizers of the donors' conference in Stockholm had requested to help Lebanon recover after the monthlong fighting. Adding previous pledges and commitments for longer-term reconstruction projects, organizers said a total of $1.2 billion had been made available to help the war-crippled country get back on its feet.

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