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Franjieh Demands Lebanese Trial for Majed Al-Majed: Handing Him Over Violation of Sovereignty

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh demanded on Thursday trying the reportedly held “emir” of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, stressing that handing him over to another country is a “flagrant violation of Lebanese sovereignty.”

"A country that respects its sovereignty and its laws does not give both of them up in response to another nation's request, especially if the detainee is a dangerous person that wanted to incite strife,” Franjieh said in a released statement, soon after reports said several regional countries asked for handing Majed al-Majed over.

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11 Arrested near al-Beddawi Camp on Suspicion of Involvement in 'Recent' Blasts

The army on Thursday arrested 11 people near the al-Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp in Tripoli on suspicion of their involvement in “recent bomb attacks.”

"As part of the mission of preserving security and stability, an army force arrested this afternoon 11 Syrians near the al-Beddawi camp in the North on charges of moving inside Lebanon without legal identification papers,” an army statement said.

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Airborne Regiment Sets up Bases in al-Qaa, Ras Baalbek after New Attack

The Lebanese Army's Airborne Regiment set up on Thursday new bases in eastern Lebanon's al-Qaa and Ras Baalbek regions, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The erection of the bases came after the Syrian army continued to attack areas lying on the northeastern border with Lebanon.

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Israel Carries Out Patrols near Border with Lebanon, Erects Earth Mounds

Israeli army intensified on Thursday patrols along the border with Lebanon and began erecting earth mounds in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

According to the state-run National News Agency, the Israeli army carried out patrols off al-Abbasiyeh and Ghajar, reaching all the way to Kfarshouba hills as soldiers monitored the area.

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Asiri Expresses Relief over al-Majed's Arrest, Push for DNA Testing

Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awadh Asiri expressed relief on Thursday over the arrest of Majed al-Majed, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the al-Qaida linked group that claimed a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in November.

“If DNA tests prove that the person detained is al-Majed then we're extremely thrilled,” Asiri said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat newspaper.

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Berri Warns against 'Excluding' Hizbullah from New Cabinet

Speaker Nabih Berri has said that the intention behind the formation of a new non partisan government is to exclude Hizbullah, a process that he rejected by warning that the lawmakers of his parliamentary bloc would not give their vote of confidence to it.

Pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Thursday quoted Berri as saying that his Amal movement would not “isolate” Hizbullah which has fought and resisted Israel.

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Missing Hizbullah Fighter Killed in Syria, Buried in Baalbek

A Hizbullah commander, who had been missing for months in Syria, was buried in on Wednesday after his body was repatriated following his torture and killing by rebels, relatives told Agence France Presse.

Hussein Salah Habib, 30, was captured by opposition fighters during the fight for Qusayr, a strategic town near the border that fell to the regime on June 5.

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Report: U.S. Embassy Issues New Warning to Nationals in Lebanon

The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning advisory to Lebanon over safety and security concerns, the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Wednesday.

According to a statement obtained by the daily, the U.S. embassy in Lebanon conveyed the country's warning, which called on its nationals to “take the highest precaution measures during the upcoming two weeks.”

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Ghosn Denies Making Statements on Arrest of Abdullah Azzam Brigades Chief

Caretaker Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn denied on Wednesday that he had made any statements to any media outlets, said his press office in a statement.

The statement was issued after Agence France Presse said that he had confirmed the arrest of Majed al-Mjaed, the "emir" of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, the Al-Qaida linked group that claimed a double suicide bombing at the Iranian embassy in November.

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Syrian Air Raids Target Eastern Town of Arsal

Syrian jets carried out an airstrike on Wednesday on the outskirts of the eastern border town of Arsal, media reports said.

Ten people were wounded in the airstrike, eyewitnesses told the state-run National News Agecny.

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