LOS ANGELES–The Lebanese Consul General in Los Angeles Charbel Wehbe issued an appeal to all Los Angeles residents of Lebanese descent to assist the government as Israeli attacks on Lebanon continue.
The announcement addresses the damages caused by the nine-day old attack on the country–which has been categorized as a "disaster zone" by the Lebanese Prime Minister.
The announcement asks the public to donate money–food–clothing and medicine–as well as safety and other equipment.
The Consulate appeal urges the community to donate powdered milk–canned goods–baby food–diapers–rice–sugar–blankets–generators and other goods.
For financial donations–the consulate asks that the contributions be made to the following address:
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Bic Code FRNYUS33 Routing Number: 021084694
Favor: Banque du Liban Account number 02 700 362123
Banque du Liban Account number 02 700 362123
The Consular announcement urges the community to immediately heed this urgent call and through contributions ensure that the people of Lebanon receive the basic needs during this crisis.
In a related matter–Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian spoke with Consul General Wehbe Tuesday–expressing his sympathy and that of the entire Armenian community for the casualties the country has suffered–wishing for unity and solidarity to prevail in Lebanon and among the Lebanese people. The Consul General spoke of the situation in Lebanon–and on behalf of the government requested that the Armenian community offer any humanitarian assistance within their means to the civilian victims. The Consulate is planning to designate a special committee to coordinate the humanitarian efforts.
On Sunday July 23–a special prayer will be said in all Prelacy churches for the lives lost in the fighting. The Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church urges all community members to attend and pray for the peace.
In Lebanon–efforts of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Lebanon to assist with displaced and affected Lebanese continued in Armenian-populated neighborhoods–as institutions and organizations have all put forth their resources to aid the victims of the attacks.
An ARF delegation–accompanied by parliament member Hagop Pakradouni Wednesday visited refugee centers in Bourdj Hammoud to gain first-hand knowledge of the situation.
Pakradouni praised the resilience of the people of southern Lebanon and pledged the Armenian community’s continued efforts to provide necessary relief and humanitarian assistance to the victims of the attacks.