Conflicting reports emerged on Wednesday on whether the Lebanese army opened anti-aircraft fire at Syrian warplanes that intensively hovered over regions the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa.
MTV said that a Syrian airstrike targeted an area near a post for the Lebanese army in village of Aqba al-Mabeeda, prompting the army to open anti-aircraft fire.Full Story
Israel said Wednesday it fired at and hit two members of Hizbullah as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian border, but Syrian state media accused the Jewish state of targeting its forces.
"Earlier today, two Hizbullah-affiliated terrorists were identified attempting to plant an explosive device near the Israel-Syria border in the northern Golan Heights,” the army said in a statement.Full Story
The al-Qaida-affiliated Al-Nusra Front in Syria and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant haven't taken a decision to “officially enter Lebanon,” as the two groups are still dealing with agents for them to “send messages to Hizbullah.”
“Both groups have the necessary logistic capabilities to carry out attack in Lebanon similar to those in Iraq but there's no decision yet to move the conflict to Lebanon,” a leader in al-Nusra Front said in comments published in al-Akhbar newspaper.Full Story
High-level contacts between the rival March 8 and 14 alliances failed to end the deadlock on the government's policy statement as both sides accused each other of not making enough concessions, local dailies reported Wednesday.
Al-Joumhouria newspaper said that top officials from both camps tried on Tuesday in vain to find an exit to the impasse, which lies on the resistance clause.Full Story
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq established a two-stage plan to resolve the situation at Roumieh prison and improve the conditions of the inmates, As Safir newspaper reported on Wednesday.
“I will rehabilitate the facility and dismantle the state that was established in it,” Mashnouq said in comments published in the newspaper.Full Story
Bkirki is seeking to strike a deal between the top four Maronite politicians in the country on the presidential elections but it is shying away from naming its candidate for the top post, An Nahar daily reported on Wednesday.
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi is keen on avoiding a vacuum at Baabda Palace after President Michel Suleiman rejected an extension and stressed that he would leave his post at the end of his term on May 4, it said.Full Story
The Free Patriotic Movement is exerting efforts to restore ties between President Michel Suleiman and Hizbullah after a dispute over the President's latest statement.
According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Wednesday, the FPM tasked Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil with resolving the dispute.Full Story
Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Tuesday agreed with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on the need to “build a strong army and fight terrorism” in Lebanon.
“The meeting was constructive and there are common viewpoints between the two sides, including the agreement on the importance of stability in Lebanon and the need to build a strong army and fight terrorism,” said Bassil after talks with Fabius at the Quai d'Orsay palace in Paris.Full Story
U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale on Tuesday called on Hizbullah to stop contributing to the Syrian conflict, describing the Assad regime as the "magnet" that has been attracting extremist groups into Syria and into Lebanon.
“We oppose terrorism in all its forms and frankly the Assad regime has been the magnet that's been bringing the extremist, takfiri terrorist threat here, into Lebanon and into Syria,” Hale said during an interview on LBCI television.Full Story
The Iranian embassy in Lebanon held a dinner at its premises with the participation of Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and several party figures, Tehran's diplomatic mission announced on Tuesday.
"Aoun was accompanied to ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi's dinner by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, Energy Ministry Arthur Nazarian as well as MPs Abbas Hashem, Nabil Nicolas, Hikmat Dib, Alain Aoun, Naji Gharios and Fadi al-Awar,” a statement by the embassy detailed.Full Story