Lebanon receives second weapons shipment from China

Published July 16th, 2015 - 01:05 GMT

The Lebanese army received a fresh batch of weapons and ammunition from China Thursday, the military said in a statement, two weeks after receiving a similar shipment.

The statement said the weapons were a donation.

The shipment was received during a ceremony attended by Brig. Gen. Manuel Kridgian representing army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, while China was represented by its ambassador to Lebanon Jiang Jiang and his military attaché Yang Jun.

According to the pictures attached to the statement, the shipment included at least three sniper rifles and boxes of ammunition.

The donation comes two weeks after the army received another shipment of Chinese weapons, the type or quantity of which was not disclosed.

The gifts were the latest in a recent series of international arms deliveries to help Lebanon contain the militants on its eastern border with Syria.

The Lebanese army has been shelling militant positions for months on its northeastern border where ISIS and Nusra Front fighters are holed up.

Lebanon in April received the first batch of French weapons financed by the $3 billion Saudi arms grant, which included armored vehicles, helicopters, truck-mounted cannons and Milan anti-tank missiles.

In addition to the $3 billion military aid, Saudi Arabia has also promised an additional $1 billion grant to purchase arms and equipment to the Lebanese army and security forces to help them in the ongoing battle against militants.

The army has also received a series of U.S. weapons shipments.

Earlier this month, the Lebanese army has received a shipment of anti-tank missiles from the U.S. government. The shipment included an untold number of BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles and their launch pads.

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