Italy gives Lebanon US $39m. for reconstruction

Italy on Friday gave Lebanon 30 million Euros(US $38.5 million) for rebuilding infrastructure that was destroyed or damaged during Israel's 34-day war against Hizbullah guerrillas, Lebanon's Council for Development and Reconstruction announced. In a statement, the council said an agreement for the grant was signed by its chairman, Nabil Al-Jisr, and Italian Ambassador Gabriele Checchia. Italy announced its aid package during an international donors conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in August. The conference was convened days after the August 14 ceasefire that ended Israeli-Hizbullah fighting. The statement said that 5 million Euros (US $6.4 million) of the donation would be spent on the construction of a vital bridge on the Beirut-Damascus highway that IAF jets bombed during the war.