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Libya offers Lebanon an air defense system

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Clara Germani / August 13, 1981



Beirut

Libya has offered to provide Lebanon, badly hit in Israeli air strikes last month, with an air defense sytem, government sources report. The pro-Libyan Beirut newspaper as-Safir said the defense system would cost about $2 billion and would entail the training of 3,500 Lebanese military personnel and technicians. Government officials said they would welcome other offers from Arab, Eastern, or Western states for ground-to-air defense systems needed to defend against Israel's sophisticated US-supplied weaponry.

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