On Thursday, approximately $22 million of humanitarian aid will be sent to Lebanon by the EU to ease the food insecurity exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the European Commission announced.
In a statement, the EU executive body said, “To support the most vulnerable segments of the population in Lebanon, the EU has allocated an additional €20 million in humanitarian aid to respond to rising food insecurity and other needs.”
The aid will be dedicated to the most vulnerable Lebanese people, as well as Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in the country.
Soaring food prices, as well as Russia’s war on Ukraine, have aggravated the already difficult situation in Lebanon which has been facing a political and economic crisis for over two years.
The humanitarian assistance was particularly important because Lebanon imports 96 percent of its wheat from Ukraine and Russia, the European Commission said.
According to the latest UN figures, in addition to the majority of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees, over 2.5 million people, including 2.2 million Lebanese, 208,000 Palestinians, and 78,000 other refugees need humanitarian aid in Lebanon.