The Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc hailed on Tuesday the deployment of the state's security forces in Beirut's southern suburbs of Dahieh, hoping that the plan will be replicated throughout Lebanon.
It said after its weekly meeting: “The plan should be implemented in full and the accused in the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri should be arrested in Dahieh.”Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday lashed out at Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, accusing him of “violating the constitution and the parliamentary tradition” and seeking to form a cabinet without consulting with the parliamentary blocs.
“It seems that the PM-designate is seeking to stir a clash with us, as if he has the right to form the cabinet without consulting with the parliamentary blocs. Let him form it with al-Nusra Front if he wants,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc in Rabieh.Full Story
The March 14 General Secretariat hailed on Tuesday the security forces' deployment in Beirut's southern suburbs of Dahieh on Monday.
It said after its weekly meeting: “The security plan in Dahieh should act as a precursor to the state implementing its right to take control of all arms throughout Lebanon.”Full Story
Military Tribunal Judge Imad al-Zein issued on Tuesday arrest warrants against two Syrians accused of preparing explosives, and targeting cars passing along the Masnaa road.
According to the state-run National News Agency, al-Zein completed interrogations with the detainees, who are charged with belonging to an armed terrorist group, preparing explosives, targeting vehicles and arms trade.Full Story
The families of nine Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped by rebels in Syria staged on Tuesday a sit-in near the Turkish embassy in Rabieh, vowing to forbid Turkish nationals from setting their feet on Lebanese soil.
“We will harass all Turks in Lebanon. They can leave the country if they don't like our move,” spokeswoman for the families of the abducted pilgrims Hayat Awali told LBCI TV's reporter.Full Story
U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that Lebanon was able to confront the turmoil in the neighboring country Syria “outstandingly,” stressing that the international community was unified over maintaining the country's stability.
“The international support group for Lebanon is set to enable the United Nations and it's key partners to aid Lebanon in various fields,” Ban said in comments published in An Nahar newspaper.Full Story
Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour called on the international community to assume its humanitarian and moral responsibilities to help Lebanon confront the burdens caused by the soaring number of Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict in neighboring Syria.
“The meeting of the International Group to Support Lebanon will enable the countries to cover Lebanon's needs and support its capabilities,” Mansour said in an interview with As Safir newspaper on Tuesday.Full Story
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls' education, lent her support Monday to an initiative to provide schooling for thousands of Syrian school children in Lebanon.
The 16-year-old education activist attended a press conference unveiling the proposed initiative that would place some 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanese schools.Full Story
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday stressed that state authorities must be responsible for security across Lebanon, denying accusations that his party has received chemical weapons from Syria.
“The joint task force has taken over all the security checkpoints in Dahieh. We welcome this step and greatly appreciate this national decision taken by state officials," Nasrallah said in a televised speech.Full Story
The Phalange Party on Monday described the security plan that got underway in Beirut's southern suburbs as "an encouraging first step" to put an end to “all forms of autonomous security.”
“The Phalange Party sees in the security plan devised for Dahieh an encouraging first step to put an end to all forms of autonomous security across Lebanon, regardless of any concerns” that some parties might have over the move, the party said in a statement issued after the weekly meeting of its political bureau.Full Story