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Iran fuel for Lebanon

The first batch of the Iranian fuel shipment to Lebanon has arrived in the country. Some 65 tankers entered Lebanon from Syria. The vessel carrying fuel docked in Syria’s Baniyas port on Sunday. The consignment was then sent by tankers from there. More Iranian fuel shipments destined for Lebanon are expected in the coming days. The Hezbollah resistance movement will donate part of the fuel to government hospitals and similar institutions. Afterwards, a private company will be tasked with selling the fuel to private organizations and power-generating bodies. Lebanon is facing fuel shortages, which Hezbollah blames on US sanctions.

Palestinian prison break

The lawyers for two of the six Palestinian inmates who were recaptured after escaping from an Israeli prison say their clients were badly beaten during their arrest. One of the inmates is said to be suffering from a broken jaw and two broken ribs. The other also was beaten before being taken to a nearby police station where he was stripped naked and subjected to hours of interrogation. His lawyer says his client has a visible head wound and has been continuously interrogated with little sleep. The lawyers were able to meet with the recaptured prisoners for the first time late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Six Palestinian prisoners tunneled out of a maximum security prison in Israel on September the 6th. Four were rearrested a few days later but two of them are still at large.

'Afghanistan needs support'

The UN refugee chief says Afghanistan needs urgent and sustained support from the international community to prevent a larger humanitarian crisis. Filippo Grandi said there will be implications if the situation in the country does not improve. In a statement following a three-day visit to Afghanistan, Grandi said if public services and the economy collapse, there will be even greater suffering, instability, and displacement both within and outside the country. He reiterated that more than 18 million Afghans, or about half the population, required humanitarian aid even before the Taliban takeover, last month. Earlier this week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told an Afghanistan donors conference that poverty and hunger had spiraled in the country.

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