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Aid Restored to Syria

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A committee of both houses of Congress acted last night to restore $90 million in U.S. economic aid to Syria that had been deleted earlier by the House of Representatives from the foreign aid bill. The Senate had voted the full amount for the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. The committee restored the funds reportedly in response to heavy pressure from the Carter Administration despite Syria’s opposition to the Camp David agreements.

The full foreign aid bill, amounting to $9.1 billion will go back to both chambers for routine approval before being sent to the President for signature. The House had objected to the aid for Syria because of its warfare against the Christians in Lebanon. According to reports from Beirut today, Syrian forces have resumed heavy shelling of Christian strongholds in east Beirut.

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