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Wahhab Says Arrest of 'Killers' Would Pacify Situation

Arab Tawhid Party leader ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Monday called for the arrest of the gunmen who exchanged fire with the bodyguards of State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib and killed two of them.

“The Higher Defense Council's decisions are excellent and security must be imposed on everyone,” Wahhab tweeted.

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Arslan Decries 'Premeditated' Attack, Slams Shehayyeb as 'Sedition MP, Vampire'

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Monday described the deadly clash in the Aley town of Qabrshmoun as a “premeditated sedition,” as he lashed out at Education Minister and Aley MP Akram Shehayyeb of the Progressive Socialist Party.

“The two martyrs Rami Salman and Samer Abu Farraj are the victims of a premeditated sedition that was incited two days in advance and the instigator is the sedition MP who sits around the Cabinet table and does not respect the simplest rules of coexistence, citizens' safety and the safety of his people. He is a vampire!” Arslan said, referring to Shehayyeb without naming him.

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Army Demolishes Syrian Refugee Shelters as Ultimatum Expires

The Lebanese Army started destroying Syrian refugee settlements in northeast Lebanon Monday after the expiry of a government ultimatum, officials said, as aid groups warned of more demolitions in the coming days. 

Keen not to encourage Syrians to settle permanently, the government had given refugees in the village of Arsal until July 1 to demolish shelters made of other materials than timber and plastic sheeting, which it considers illegal.

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Higher Defense Council Says Security Must be Restored in Aley

Lebanon's top defense council has ordered an investigation into a deadly shooting in the Mount Lebanon region of Aley that involved the convoy of Minister Saleh a-Gharib.

The Higher Defense Council held a meeting Monday attended by President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Cabinet ministers and heads of Lebanon's security and military agencies.

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LDP Supporters Briefly Block Bhamdoun Highway

Supporters of the Lebanese Democratic Party and relatives of two guards killed in gunfire a day earlier, briefly blocked with burning tires the Mount Lebanon highway of Bhamdoun, as the sound of heavy shooting into the air was heard on Monday.

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Cautious Calm in Aley after Deadly Armed Clash Involving Minister's Convoy

The Lebanese Army on Monday reinforced security measures and intensified its patrols in the towns and villages of Aley after Sunday’s armed clash in the town of Qabrshmoun that left two dead and one wounded, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Hizbullah Fighters Began ‘Secret’ Pull Back from Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Hizbullah has begun to pull back many of its units from Syrian territory and that the operation has been taking place away from the media spotlight, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported.

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Syria Says Deadly Israeli Missiles Fired From Lebanese Airspace

Israeli warplanes fired missiles from "Lebanese airspace" targeting military positions in the central province of Homs and suburbs of Damascus, said Syrian state news agency SANA on Monday.

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2 Dead, 2 Hurt in Armed Clash Involving Gharib's Convoy

Two bodyguards were killed and a third was injured in an armed clash involving the convoy of State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib in the Aley town of Qabrshmoun on Sunday.

A Progressive Socialist Party supporter was also wounded in the incident.

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Wahhab Warns Jumblat and His Son over Interception of Bassil Convoy

Arab Tawhid Party leader ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Sunday warned Progressive Socialist Party leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat and his son MP Taymour Jumblat after PSP supporters intercepted the convoy of Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil.

“What is happening in concurrence with Bassil’s tour is not befitting of you, Walid Beik, nor of Taymour, who is a promising, polite and respectable young man,” Wahhab tweeted.

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