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ISF Says Beaten Man in Video Not Involved in Wildfires

The Internal Security Forces on Wednesday denied reports claiming that an arson suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with the massive wildfires that engulfed the country.

“A video showing a municipal policeman beating up a person has been circulated on social media and reports said that the beaten person was setting up fires,” the ISF said in a statement.

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Hizbullah, PSP Officials Agree to Continue Dialogue, Communication

A meeting was held Tuesday evening at the residence of former minister Ghazi Aridi , as part of regular meetings between the leaders of Hizbullah and the Progressive Socialist Party.

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Israel Resumes Blocks Installations near Wazzani

Israeli troops resumed installations on Wednesday of a cement barrier between Lebanon and the occupied territories of Palestine, the National News Agency reported.

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Abou Faour Calls for 'Reforestation' Plan after Wildfires

Industry Minister Wael Abou Faour on Wednesday stressed the need to kick start a forestation plan in the aftermath of wildfires that spread throughout parts of Lebanon, pointing out that efforts will be joined to compensate for those affected.

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Khattar Assures New Blazes Under Control

Civil Defense Director General Raymond Khattar on Wednesday said new “limited” blazes were reported in several Lebanese regions and that efforts are underway to extinguish them.

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Strong Lebanon Bloc: We Want to Turn Tables on Corruption, Financial Situation

The Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc on Tuesday noted that it does not want to “turn the tables” on political rivals in the country but rather on corruption and the financial and economic situation.

“When we say that we want to turn the tables we don't mean that we will turn them against anyone but rather on the financial and economic situations,” bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after a weekly meeting, clarifying recent remarks by the head of the bloc – FPM chief MP Jebran Bassil.

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Chouf and Aley Wildfires Subside with Rain as New Blazes Erupt in Metn, Keserwan

Wildfires that spread across vast areas of Lebanon started to subside Tuesday evening with the fall of rain, amid strenuous efforts by the Civil Defense and firefighters and volunteers from across the country.

By 7:00 pm, blazes were still raging in Chouf's al-Dibbiyeh and Dmit and Aley's Kfarmatta as rain contributed to containing the flames in ِAley's Baawarta and south Lebanon.

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Nasrallah, Franjieh Stress Need for 'Direct, Official Dialogue' with Syria

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has met with Marada Movement leader ex-MP Suleiman Franjieh, Hizbullah announced on Tuesday, days after the party’s leader met with Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil.

“The meeting witnessed a thorough and comprehensive discussion of the various regional developments, especially the latest developments in the Iraqi and Syrian arenas,” a Hizbullah statement said.

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Lebanon, Cyprus to Work on Curbing Migrant Arrivals by Boat

Defense Minister Elias Bou Saab said Tuesday that Lebanon and Cyprus have agreed to work together on curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean island nation.

Bou Saab said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart that Lebanon would pass on information to Cypriot authorities to better coordinate in heading off such arrivals.

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Hariri Chairs Emergency Meeting about Massive Fires

Prime Ministers Saad Hariri on Tuesday chaired part of the meeting of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority that was held at the Grand Serail to follow up on the ongoing operations to extinguish the massive wildfires that engulfed several Lebanese areas.

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