The economic crisis has dealt a severe blow to the Armed Forces, which are facing problems paying the salaries of the military
The Lebanese Army has announced that it will begin offering tourist helicopter trips to civilians starting this week to try to raise funds, amid the serious economic crisis in which the country is mired, which has a government in office since August 2020.
The Lebanese Army has made the announcement through its website, where it offers to see “Lebanon from the air” in a 15-minute flight in a ‘Raven’ helicopter in which “up to three passengers” can go, as long as they are older than three years. Thus, he stressed that the flights will begin this July 1 for a price of 150 dollars (about 126 euros), while adding that they will take place in the afternoon between Monday and Friday and during the morning and afternoon during the weekend. of week.
The flights will depart from the Rayak air base and the Amchit base, while highlighting that prevention measures will be respected in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It has also provided a form to register. The economic crisis has dealt a severe blow to the Lebanese Armed Forces, which are facing problems paying the salaries of the military, amid a cut in funding from the military budget.
During the day on Tuesday, the Government raised fuel prices after announcing last week a cut in subsidies to import this material at a weaker exchange rate, given the shortage and difficulties in obtaining fuel in the country . The serious situation in the country has caused new protests in recent days, mainly in the city of Tripoli (north), where about 20 people were injured during the day on Sunday. Demonstrations against fuel shortages and the crisis have also taken place in Beirut.
The World Bank stated on June 1 that the economic crisis in Lebanon is one of the worst recorded in the world since the middle of the 19th century, with a drastic fall of about 40 percent of GDP per capita since 2018. The organization stressed in a report that “the financial and economic crisis in Lebanon is probably one of the ten worst, and possibly one of the three worst, since the middle of the 19th century”, according to a comparison with those studied in the period between 1857 and 2013.