BEIRUT — The Lebanese Army announced on Friday in a press release that it had received part of the $60 million in aid offered by Qatar to help the soldiers. An army spokesperson told L’Orient Today that this aid will go directly to the salaries of the soldiers, with each soldier receiving $100 in aid.
Here’s what we know:
• According to the Army spokesperson, “Qatar has been sending 70 tons of food products to the military institution for around one year which has been hit hard by the economic collapse.”
• The crisis in Lebanon, one of the worst in the world since the mid-1800s, according to the World Bank, has melted the budget of the state and the armed forces and plunged the majority of the population into poverty.
• The average salary of a soldier today amounts to less than $100 while it stood at $800 dollars before 2019.