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Release No: 302-96
May 23, 1996

DoD Transports Humanitarian Aid to Lebanon

The Department of Defense has delivered more than 29,000 pounds of mixed medical items, blankets, cots, and a tent to help the dislocated civilians in Lebanon. The items, worth almost $234,000 were shipped from a DoD depot in Mechanicsburg, Pa. to the Beirut airport last week for delivery to the American Embassy. This is the first shipment of U.S. Government excess property that has been provided to Lebanon since the most recent conflict began.

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Humanitarian and Refugee Affairs Col. David Skalko said the Department strives to fulfill its responsibility within the limits of its resources to help alleviate suffering throughout the world.

Under the 1986 DOD Authorization Act, HRA is authorized to transport non-lethal excess property, relief supplies and privately donated cargo to meet humanitarian needs worldwide. In fiscal year 1995, the Humanitarian Assistance Program completed 89 humanitarian shipments to more than 47 countries with an estimated acquisition value of $86 million.

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