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Gulf States to Agree Action against Hizbullah Members

The Gulf Cooperation Council will hold a meeting in Riyadh next week to agree the mechanisms for imposing sanctions on members of Hizbullah, its head Abdul Latif al-Zayani said.

The monarchies of the GCC decided on June 10 to impose sanctions on alleged members of Hizbullah targeting their residency permits and their financial and business activities in reprisal for the group's armed intervention in Syria.

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Political-Security Talks at Grand Serail, Saniora Says Army Promised Violations against Civilians in Sidon Will Stop

Head of al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora on Friday said Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji promised to probe “abuses” against some civilians in Sidon, stressing that the southern city will not be a “scene for violations.”

Saniora voiced his remarks during a meeting at the Grand Serail that was attended by caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, Sidon MP Bahia Hariri, cabinet secretary-general Suheil Bouji, Army chief Qahwaji, Sidon's mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan, acting prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud, army intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Edmond Fadel, Higher Defense Council chief Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir, Sidon Municipality chief Mohammed al-Saudi and Abra Municipality chief Walid Mshantaf.

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Human Rights Watch Urges Probe into Alleged Death of Detainee under Torture

A rights watchdog on Friday demanded a probe into alleged abuse of detainees after the deadly battle in the Sidon suburb of Abra between the army and supporters of Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir.

Human Rights Watch said there must be an independent investigation into claims the army is committing abuses against people suspected of links to the weekend clashes in which 18 soldiers died.

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Jamaa Islamiya Urges End to 'Arbitrary Arrests' in Sidon, Detention of Troops 'Who Tortured Civilians'

The Jamaa Islamiya on Friday called for an end to “arbitrary arrests” in the southern city of Sidon and its suburbs, in the wake of the deadly battle that ended after the army stormed Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir's headquarters in Abra.

“Sidon was violated ... but we know that you have never been outlaws,” Jamaa Islamiya official Bassam Hammoud said at a press conference, addressing Sidon's residents.

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Aoun Condemns 'Extending Bloody Conflict' on Streets, Says Illegal to Extend Qahwaji Term

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Friday rejected what he called “selectivity” in putting draft laws on parliament's agenda, stressing that extending the term of Army chief General Jean Qahwaji would be illegal and not an appropriate way to “reward” the army after the Abra battle.

“Urgent draft laws were disregarded and not put on the agenda of parliament's session, although they have the priority,” Aoun said after an extraordinary meeting for the Change and Reform bloc.

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Roads Blocked, Gunmen Appear on Streets in Pro-Asir 'Day of Rage'

Gunmen took to the streets in Tripoli and blocked roads as demos were held in Beirut's Tariq al-Jedideh in support of fugitive cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir, in what protesters dubbed the Sunni sect's “day of rage.”

State-run National News Agency said armed men blocked the old seaside road that links Tripoli to Beirut at the al-Behsas area and “forced shops to close.”

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Sousan Rejects Calls for Deserting Army, All Weapons on Domestic Scene amid Pro-Asir Abra Demo

Sidon Mufti Sheikh Salim Sousan condemned on Friday the recent clashes in the southern city, demanding that the state assume its responsibilities in following through with the investigation in the unrest.

He said: “We reject the use of arms on the internal scene in Lebanon regardless of which side they belong to.”

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Hammoud Demands Lifting Qanso's Immunity over Suleiman Row

Acting General Prosecutor Judge Hammoud referred on Friday to the caretaker Justice Minister, Shakib Qortbawi, a request demanding lifting immunity off MP Ali Qanso.

Qanso had accused President Michel Suleiman of high treason in light of the latter's filing of memorandums to the Arab League and United Nations on Syria's violations of Lebanese territory.

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Raise Your Voice Hacks Parliament's Website Again ahead of Demonstration

The “Raise your Voice” group hacked once again on Friday the official website of Lebanon's parliament over its decision to extend its mandate ahead of anew sit-in to protest the extension.

An image gathering the 128 lawmakers was uploaded with a slogan labeling them as “failures.”

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Plumbly: Tripoli Residents Must Be Reminded to Keep City Secure despite Syrian Conflict

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly stated that his recent visit to Tripoli was a demonstration of the international community's support for the northern city, reported As Safir newspaper Friday.

He told the daily that the residents need to be reminded of their loyalties to the city and the need to keep it secure despite the conflict in Syria.

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