Lebanon opens account seeking donations for arms

BEIRUT — Lebanon's defense minister announced Saturday that the government has opened an account at the central bank to receive donated funds to buy weapons for the country's military.
The call for donations is in protest of a decision by a US congressman this month to suspend $100 million worth of American military aid over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that Hizbullah may have influence over the Lebanese army.
Defense Minister Elias Murr announced that he and his father, Michel, a legislator, donated $665,000.