By ZEINA KARAM and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press
PARIS (AP) — France and the United Nations vowed Wednesday to keep providing humanitarian aid to Lebanon but urged the country’s leaders to form a new government as a political deadlock in Beirut has blocked billions of dollars in assistance for the cash-strapped country hit by multiple crises.
A meeting organized by the U.N. and France was the second since the disastrous Aug. 4 explosion that destroyed Beirut’s port and wrecked large parts of the capital. The blast, which killed over 200 people and wounded thousands, was caused by the detonation of nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrates that had been stored unsafely at a port warehouse for years.
The explosion came amid an unprecedented financial meltdown — worsened by pandemic-related closures — that has brought soaring inflation, poverty and unemployment.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the creation of a fund handled by…
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