Tensions were high in the eastern Bekaa region on Sunday in the wake of a clash between Jaafar clan members and residents from Deir al-Ahmar, reported MTV.
Media reports had stated that members of the clan had set up a checkpoint at the Iaat-Harf Shlifa road in the wake of an individual dispute in the area.Full Story
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq requested on Saturday security agencies to begin implementing the state-approved strict measures limiting the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.
It said that the minister ordered the concerned officials to prepare to implement the measures starting January 5.Full Story
Head of ODAS company Admiral Edouard Guillaud is scheduled to return to Lebanon next week in order to place the finishing touches of the Saudi-French arms deal for the army, reported the daily al-Mustaqbal on Sunday.
The French official is scheduled to arrive in Lebanon on Tuesday to make the final signatures of the deal ahead of its implementation.Full Story
Bishop Samir Mazloum ruled out a breakthrough in the crisis over the presidential elections due to the “wide gap” between the concerned officials and “their ties to regional and international powers,” reported the Kuwaiti daily al-Seyassah on Sunday.
He told the daily: “The Maronite Patriarchate in Bkirki currently sees no point in bringing together the Maronite leaders in order to reach a positive outcome on the presidency given their foreign commitments.”Full Story
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani is expected to arrive in Lebanon at the beginning of next week in a what is seen as precursor to the expected dialogue between the Mustaqbal Movement and Hizbullah, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.
Larijani's visit is expected to pave the way for the talks that media reports said will be held on December 29.Full Story
The Lebanese army detained several suspects for carrying out terror-linked acts, including a Syrian national, who was infiltrating into the northeastern border town of Arsal.
The army said in a communique issued on Saturday that Syrian national Mohammed Mustapha Mustapha was detained while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.Full Story
State security agents briefly detained on Saturday in a raid Ten Syrian nationals linked to terrorist organizations, the state-run National News Agency reported.
According to NNA, the Syrians were holding a meeting at a house in the town of Dhour al-Abadiyeh in Baalchmih in the Mount Lebanon district of Aley.Full Story
MP Robert Ghanem, head of the electoral subcommittee, stressed on Saturday that the elections law will not be adopted before the election a new president, who should have certain characteristics.
Ghanem expressed hope in an interview with An Nahar newspaper that the rival parties reach a settlement over the presidential deadlock, considering that the subcommittee's meetings are to facilitate any parliamentary session set to vote on an electoral law immediately after the election of a new head of state.Full Story
Salafist cleric Wissam al-Masri warned on Saturday that the failure to strike a deal with the Islamist militants, who are holding several Lebanese soldiers and policemen captive, threatens the lives of the servicemen, revealing that he will head to the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal soon.
“We are exerting all efforts to resolve the case,” Masri said in an interview with As Safir newspaper, expressing belief that the servicemen “will not be well if the negotiations collapsed.”Full Story
The arrest of prominent leaders of the Free Syrian Army and the al-Qaida-affiliate Nusra Front weakened the two groups, which prompted several fighters to defect them and pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), media reports on Saturday.
According to a report published in As Safir newspaper, ISIL would eventually be compelled to engage in a large-scale battle with the Lebanese Army and Hizbullah.Full Story