Wednesday, August 09, 2006
U.S. Navy set to escort fuel tankers to Lebanon
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy vowed to escort two privately-owned fuel tankers from Cyprus to Lebanon if owners of those ships can finalize contract arrangements with the Lebanese government, according to a U.S. military official.

Fuel supplies in Lebanon are running critically short. Details may be agreed upon fairly quickly, though the tankers and military escorts must make arrangements with Israel to pass through the naval blockade, the official said.

The U.S. official said one of the fuel tanker owners had yet to reach a final agreement with the Lebanese government. The other owner was trying to work out arrangements to see if that tanker could go directly into port in Lebanon, or if the shipments had to be broken up into smaller ships.
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