WASHINGTON — A federal judge has awarded $2.16 billion to victims of the 1983 suicide truck-bombing of U.S. Marines in Beirut, his third award in two weeks to plaintiffs who had sued Iran over the attack.
The money will be difficult to collect, but the victims hope to obtain it from Iranian assets frozen in the United States.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth awarded the money Friday to estates of dead Marines and to injured Marines and their relatives. Two days ago, he awarded $44.6 million to two servicemen who were injured and their family members. And last week, he awarded $33.3 million to family members of two injured servicemen.
Iran has been blamed for supporting the militant group Hezbollah, which carried out the bombing.
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