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Lebanese parties distribute food baskets as economy continues to sink

Lebanese parties are distributing aid and food baskets to people suffering under difficult economic and social conditions but at the same time are ignoring the root of the crisis.
Beirut food basket

BEIRUT — Several political parties in Lebanon, such as Hezbollah, the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, have recently been busy preparing aid baskets containing cooking oil bottles, grains, canned food and other food items, medication and fuel vouchers. The parties distributed the baskets to their supporters and partisans in the north, south and in Beirut, saying they were helping people amid the economic crisis, especially during the fasting period for both Christians (ahead of Easter) and Muslims (during the month of Ramadan).

Notably, Hezbollah distributed Al-Sajjad cards, which carries the name of a Shiite imam, which people can use in specific grocery stores that the Shiite party opened in Beirut’s southern suburb and in the south, to buy basic goods such as sugar, flour and oil. These goods are available at these stores in Lebanese pounds at below-market prices and at a 30% discount, with the support of Hezbollah. The majority of the products found in these stores are made in Syria, Iran and Iraq and reportedly enter across the border with Syria.

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