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Report: Syrian Crisis to Spill Over to Lebanon as Cabinet’s Fate Remains Unknown

The Syrian crisis will likely have serious repercussions on Lebanon as the international community failed to intervene to stop the bloodshed in Damascus and establish “safe zones,” a report by the European Institute for the Mediterranean (EuroMeSCo) said.

“The Lebanese parties worry that a Syrian civil war could actually spill over into Lebanon where Sunni-Shiite tension is high,” Riad Kahwaji, the writer of the report, said.

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Fatah Continues Integration of Military Units in Ain el-Hilweh

The Palestinian National Security forces took on Monday control of a checkpoint in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh that was manned by a faction led by Munir Maqdah as part of a process of assuming all headquarters and checkpoints.

The Palestinian Armed Struggle headed by Mahmoud Issa, who goes by the nom de guerre of al-Lino, and Maqdah’s faction named the “headquarters” were integrated into the National Security forces at the order of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Municipality of Tripoli Witnesses Mass Resignations in Protest of Performance

The municipality of the northern city of Tripoli witnessed mass resignations in protest of the performance of its head, forcing Tripoli to join the municipal by-elections that will take place on May 6.

Al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday that 10 members of Tripoli’s municipal council submitted their resignations, and the number will likely reach 13.

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Israel Concerned Syrian Arms Falling in Hizbullah Hands

Israeli officials are concerned about reports that Hizbullah is putting its hands on Syrian arms, though it is still unclear whether the Lebanese party has gotten hold of chemical weapons, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper quoted Israeli officials as saying that it remains unclear how far Washington will go to help bring about the downfall of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Mansour Denies Visit to Libya to Prepare Declaration of Sadr’s Death

Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour denied that his visit to Libya aims at setting up the required measures to announce officially the death of revered Lebanese Shiite Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his two companions, al-Liwaa newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“Mansour denies what some media reports said about the case and would harm the investigations,” his press office said in a statement.

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Report: Army Detains Soldiers who Sold Weapons to Syrian Opposition

The Lebanese army has exposed soldiers who breached its security by stealing arms from its warehouses and selling them to weapons dealers who in their turn smuggled the equipment to the rebel Free Syrian Army, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.

The army intelligence branch arrested Officer Kh. H. from the town of Arsal in the eastern Bekaa valley, who worked as a guard at a warehouse belonging to the army’s eighth battalion.

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Report: Suspicious People Sought to Rent House in Maarab in 2011

Investigators probing Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea’s assassination attempt have found new leads after residents of the town of Maarab informed them that several suspicious people had try to rent an apartment in the area last summer.

A security source told al-Mustaqbal daily published Tuesday the suspicious people, who hail from Maarab, sought to rent a house at the end of last summer but the suspects escaped when the residents informed security officials at Geagea’s residence about them.

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Israel Considers Interceptors for Gas Platforms over Hizbullah Attack Fears

The Israeli army is considering the deployment of missile interceptors on gas rigs that Israeli companies plan to construct in the sea over concerns that Hizbullah could attack them, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday.

The Israeli newspaper said the government fears that Hizbullah would attack the platforms with anti-ship missiles or explosives-laden vessels.

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200 March 14 Personalities Throw Support behind Geagea in Maarab

A large-scale meeting of the opposition March 14 forces is scheduled to be held in the residence of Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea in Maarab on Wednesday in a show of support after his escape from an assassination attempt last week.

The March 14 general-secretariat has invited around 200 personalities, including party leaders, lawmakers and former ministers to participate in the meeting in Maarab at 5:00 pm, An Nahar daily said.

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Miqati Determined to Accelerate Appointment of Top Civil Servants

Prime Minister Najib Miqati is determined to accelerate the appointment of top civil servants in state posts and to pressure cabinet ministers to exert efforts concerning this issue, As Safir newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Sources close to Miqati said that the premier is keen to overcome the obstacles facing the appointments.

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