To mark the end of Ramadan and the approaching east of Al-fitr, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Lebanon, General Ali Al-Sha'er has been distributing money to charitable organisation sand victims of factional fighting.
LV & CU Plaque: "Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia" in W. Beirut, Lebanon (2 shots)
SV Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Lebanon general Ali Al-Sha'er handing cheques to various individuals (4 shots)
GV Women held back from embassy gates by Saudi Arabian guards (2 shots)
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Background: To mark the end of Ramadan and the approaching east of Al-fitr, the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Lebanon, General Ali Al-Sha'er has been distributing money to charitable organisation sand victims of factional fighting.
SYNOPSIS: The distribution of alms by the Saudi arabians is an annual custom and continues throughout the month long feast of Ramadan. On Wednesday (6 August) over seven hundred thousand Lebanese pounds in cash and cheques (one hundred thousand pounds Sterling) were given away by embassy official. The money was distributed on the orders of Saudi arabian Crown prince Fahd in an attempt to alleviate suffering caused by inter-factional fighting. Apart from the seven hundred thousand Lebanese pounds given in lump sums to the larger charitable organisations, individual gifts of one hundred Lebanese pounds (approximately fifteen pounds sterling)also were given to over two hundred Moslem women. An estimated 60-thousand people died during the lebanese civil war of 1975-76 which also badly damaged the country's industrial base. In the five years of peace since then many thousands more have been either killed or maimed. Making a gesture such as this one by the Saudi Arabians is most welcome by the refugee and medical organisations based in Beirut.
But, the ceremony did not take place as quietly as expected. The two-hundred women who were to receive the one hundred Lebanese pound gifts decided they could wait no longer, and tried to force their way into the embassy. They were held back by embassy guards. Later they were let into the embassy to receive their gifts from General Ali.