First shipment of Iranian fuel arrives in crisis-hit Lebanon Sep 17, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaBeirut The first shipment of Iranian fuel oil for Lebanon arrived in the country Thursday, secured on its journey by Tehran’s main ally Hezbollah.Several fuel tanker trucks carrying Iranian diesel entered eastern Lebanon and are now on their way to the city of Baalbek, a witness told dpa, adding that more deliveries are on their way.The fuel had earlier arrived by cargo ship in the Syrian port of Baniyas before being offloaded.Hezbollah’s Al Manar television station, which described the scene as a “truck convoy to break the American siege,” showed a cheering crowd of people loyal to Hezbollah lining the streets and throwing rice and flowers at the trucks.Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah announced last month that Iran was ready to send supplies to Lebanon to ease the country’s fuel shortage and crippling economic crisis.Hezbollah’s deal came despite the fact that Iran is under US sanctions and is banned from exporting its oil. The US has warned that it will impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iranian oil.Nasrallah in a speech on Monday said that a second ship with fuel oil would arrive in Baniyas in a few days, and it will be followed by a third and fourth shipment.Lebanon, which is suffering through its worst economic crisis since its 1975-90 civil war, is facing a severe fuel shortage putting the health and other vital sectors in the country on the brink of collapse.Power cuts have recently been frequent. Private generators are unable to provide electricity most of the time due to the lack of fuel. The arrival of the Iranian fuel came days after a new government, headed by Prime Minister Nagib Mikati, was formed thus ending 13-months of political deadlock in the country. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Tiananmen vigil group to remove all online posts Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Islamic State leader in Africa ‘neutralized’: Emmanuel Macron Sep 17, 2021 0 0 India announces incentives for auto sector to go green Sep 17, 2021 0 0 Indonesian court finds president guilty in air pollution lawsuit dpa Jakarta An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to improve air quality in the capital Jakarta, ruling in favour of a civil lawsuit filed by activists. The .. Chinese astronauts on way back to Earth dpa Beijing Three Chinese astronauts have started their return journey to Earth from the Tiangong space station, which is under construction. The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft (“magic ship”) carrying taikonauts Nie .. With 3.6% of people vaccinated, Africa faces fourth wave dpa Johannesburg In Africa, only 3.6 percent of the population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite parts of the continent being already in the grip of a fourth infection wave. Countries in the .. Taliban deputy PM goes on TV to deny death rumours dpa Islamabad The Taliban’s acting deputy prime minister, Mullah Baradar Akhund, appeared on state-run TV on Wednesday night to reject speculation he had been wounded or killed by Taliban in-fighting. In the brief .. Over 1,500 children orphaned by COVID in Ho Chi Minh City dpa Hanoi Education officials in Ho Chi Minh City are seeking help from local authorities to look after 1,517 orphans who have lost one or both parents due to Covid-19. The latest wave of Covid-19 in Vietnam’s biggest city ..