The Lebanese Army has received a shipment of 30 tanks and 12 howitzers from Jordan, media reported Monday, as Interior Minister Nouhad announced that the country would soon receive the first batch of weapons financed through a $1 billion Saudi grant.
Lebanon’s National News Agency said the military recently acquired 30 M113 armored carriers and a dozen 155 mm howitzers. The weapons themselves were not delivered Monday, but a ceremony was held at Beirut’s naval base to announce their arrival.
The delay in announcing the shipment is due to the killing of Jordanian air force pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh who was burned to death by ISIS militants in January. The pilot was captured in December after his F-16 fighter jet went down in Syria, with a gruesome video of his killing being released earlier this month.[…]