Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc noted Tuesday that “the seventh anniversary of the Cedar Revolution is taking place amid circumstances that reflect the struggle of the March 14 supporters, which was baptized in blood with the fall of a group of martyrs for the sake of freedom, sovereignty and independence.”
In a statement issued after its weekly meeting, the bloc vowed to “stay the course towards completing the transition to statehood,” saying the state “must extend its exclusive authority over the entire Lebanese territory.”Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Tuesday called on the Palestinian people to “hold on to their rights and to continue the struggle,” condemning the policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and describing him as “an expert in bloodletting.”
“Netanyahu – who is an expert in bloodletting – is pouring out all his wrath on besieged Gaza after he failed to market his idea about a military strike against Iran,” Jumblat said in a communiqué issued by the PSP.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday snapped back at Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea who has criticized the stances of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on the Syrian crisis.
“I’m not surprised by the campaign against the patriarch, but even at the peak of our dispute with the Maronite patriarchate, we did not launch such remarks against this spiritual post,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in Rabiyeh.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday lauded “the efforts exerted by Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to preserve the free Christian presence in the Levant as a message of culture, interaction and dialogue that has characterized this region throughout the ages,” stressing the importance of “his support for democracy away from unilateralism, violence and extremism.”
Following talks with Patriarchal Vicar General Roland Abu Jaoude and a group of bishops, Suleiman said: “We support what the patriarch is doing at the level of the church and its renewal and concerning his keenness on minorities in general and especially the Christian minority.”Full Story
Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani on Tuesday called for an “immediate halt” to the killings in Syria, condemning the latest massacre in the Homs neighborhood of Karm el-Zaytoun.
Following a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali, Qabbani said: “We condemn the bloodshed and the death of thousands of martyrs, victims and innocent men, women, elderly people and children.”Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi condemned on Tuesday the violence in Syria and called for the implementation of international resolutions to resolve the controversy on Hizbullah’s arms.
In remarks to al-Jazeera satellite channel during his visit to Doha, al-Rahi said violence in Syria was condemned “whether it was carried out by the regime or the people or armed men.”Full Story
France is to reduce the strength of its U.N. peacekeeping contingent in southern Lebanon by 400, just under a third of its troops there, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.
A statement from the ministry said the decision had been taken in agreement with the United Nations and with Lebanon following a strategic review of the mission of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).Full Story
Gunmen have kidnapped a clergyman on the Terbol road in the eastern Bekaa valley and then released him in the area of Baalbek and asked for ransom to return his car to him.
Archimandrite Jean Faraj was kidnapped by four gunmen while he was driving his Mercedes on the Terbol main road, the National News Agency reported on Monday.Full Story
Beirut’s prosecution released on Tuesday the owners of the Fassouh building that collapsed on January 15 after they paid the bail, the National News Agency reported.
Brothers Claude and Michel Saadeh were released on a LL75 million bail each, which was raised from LL40 million.Full Story
More food product shops and warehouses were raided on Tuesday as Beirut’s Examining Magistrate adjourned the questioning of Samih and Suleiman al-Natour.
The Tyre Municipality health commission seized a large quantity of spoiled food during an inspection of shops in the city, the National News Agency reported.Full Story