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Netanyahu Warns Lebanon, Syria over 'Any Attack from Their Territories'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned Lebanon and Syria over “any attack against Israel emanating from their territories.”

“Regarding the northern front, we are acting according to our consistent policy of not allowing Iran to entrench militarily on our northern border. Lebanon and Syria bear the responsibility for any attack against Israel emanating from their territories,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

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Al-Rahi: Neutrality Restores Lebanon Historic Role, Govt. Must Reform Electricity

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday said neutrality would “restore Lebanon’s historic role as a bridge between the East and the West at the cultural, economic and commercial levels.”

Stressing the importance of the country’s “liberal economy and democratic openness,” al-Rahi said neutrality would strengthen domestic unity, safeguard Lebanon’s “entity, sovereignty and independence,” and enhance “national partnership, stability and good governance.”

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Abiad Warns Lebanon on Brink of 'Losing Control' in Virus Battle

Doctor Firass Abiad, head of the main public hospital treating COVID-19 patients in Lebanon, warned Sunday that the country is on the brink of “losing control” in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic, a day after it saw its highest daily tally since the first case was recorded on February 21.

“Lebanon stands on a knife-edge,” Abiad, who is the manager and CEO of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, cautioned in a series of English-language tweets.

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Berri, Geagea Test Negative for Virus after LF MP Infected

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and MP Alain Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement tested negative for COVID-19 after MP George Okais of the LF announced that he had contracted the virus.

As al-Jadeed TV reported that Berri tested negative for the virus, Geagea’s press office declared that “after it turned out that MP George Okais of the Strong Republic bloc is infected with coronavirus, LF leader Samir Geagea underwent a PCR test yesterday and the result came out negative.”

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Nasrallah Urges Use of Face Masks to 'Win' Battle against COVID-19

A video recording circulated on social media outlets on Saturday of Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah wearing a face mask in what seems an encouragement to abide by safety precautions against the recent surge of COVID-19 in Lebanon.

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Presidency: Mechanism of Appointments Law Violates the Constitution

President Michel Aoun has revoked the law in force No 7 on the appointment mechanism in the first category in public administrations “because it violates the constitution,” the Presidency said in a statement on Saturday.

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Police Bust 6 Kg of Raw Cocaine

Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle “35.3 kg of liquid material and 8.4 kg of other chemical agent used in the production of cocaine,” a statement released by the Internal Security Forces said on Saturday.

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Israel Declares 'Readiness' to Face ‘all Scenarios’ on Border with Lebanon

Israeli army spokesman Avichay Adraee said the preparations in military and civilian areas on the borders with Syria and Lebanon will change, blaming Lebanon for what is happening in its territory.

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Lebanon Records 147 New Virus Cases and 3 Deaths

Lebanon recorded 147 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Friday evening.

According to the Ministry’s daily statement, 119 of the new cases were recorded among residents and 28 among expats who arrived in Lebanon in recent days.

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Hizbullah Slams U.S. Interception of Iranian Jet Carrying Lebanese Citizens

Hizbullah on Friday strongly condemned the interception of an Iranian passenger plane over Syria by U.S. fighter jets, labeling it as “intimidation and terrorism.”

“This is a very dangerous act of terror that could have had incalculable ramifications across the entire region,” Hizbullah said in a statement.

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