The army detonated a bomb that was found in the parking lot of a building in the southern city of Sidon on Wednesday night.
A citizen informed the security forces of a suspected device found around 11:00 pm in the parking lot of Hijazi Center in Sidon's Quds Square. The parking space lies near the building where Sheikh Maher Hammoud resides.Full Story
A top U.S. counterterrorism official has admitted that there are “sympathetic groups to al-Qaida in Lebanon” but refused to comment on allegations made by the Lebanese defense minister about the operations of militants in the eastern border town of Arsal.
“We’ve seen the reports, and I don’t have any further comment on them,” said Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the Department of State, in a special briefing on Wednesday.Full Story
The cabinet on Wednesday approved the executive decrees for the law on oil excavation in Lebanon’s territorial waters.
The parliament endorsed the bill in August 2011.Full Story
Former premier Saad Hariri on Wednesday stressed that any attempts to stir up a confrontation between the army and the Sunni residents of border regions would be “unsuccessful like those behind them.”
Answering another question on Twitter on whether he believed that removing weapons from Palestinian camps and those of the “terrorist Salafist groups” had priority over removing Hizbullah’s arms, Hariri said: “All at once; any (illegal) weapons in the country are harmful. Only the state should possess weapons.”Full Story
Authorities in Mauritania have exposed a major Israeli spy network comprising a member involved in the “bombing” of the Ethiopian plane which crashed into Lebanon’s territorial waters on January 25, 2010, a Mauritanian website has reported.
An Arab businessman heads the alleged Mossad network, elhourriya.net said.Full Story
March 14 General Secretariat lauded on Wednesday U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon’s scheduled visit to Lebanon as a reminder that implementing U.N. Security Council resolutions are important to end the arms chaos in the country.
It said that the visit will be an opportunity to remind the Lebanese, Arab and international communities that the “full implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions on Lebanon will put an end to the arms chaos and the lack of control on the Lebanese-Syrian border.”Full Story
The Council of Maronite Bishops on Wednesday urged officials to abide by the constitution and called for the implementation of decisions reached at the National Dialogue over the spread of arms.
Following their monthly meeting under Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki, the bishops expressed concern at the “fragile security situation,” urging the political leadership to “implement the decisions of the National Dialogue in terms of weapons in the entire territories and continue discussions on the rest of topics.”Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said that his meeting with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Saudi Arabia tackled the latest developments locally and in the region.
“We discussed our position if the cabinet wasn’t able to survive, the (2013) parliamentary elections, and the collapse of the Syrian regime and its aftermath,” Geagea told the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai in an interview to be published on Thursday.Full Story
The Israeli army and the Israel Atomic Energy Commission are preparing for the possibility of an attempted attack on the Dimona nuclear reactor during a conflict with Iran, Syria, Hizbullah or Hamas, Haaretz daily reported.
Dimona is located within the range of surface-to-surface missiles possessed by Iran, Syria and Hizbullah, it said.Full Story
The Internal Security Forces have launched an investigation into the theft of huge quantities of sand from the coast of the southern city of Tyre in the area of Shawakeer.
The National News Agency said Tuesday that unknown assailants used trucks under the cover of darkness to dig craters – one of them 100 meters long, 30 meters wide and up to seven meters deep – to steal the sand.Full Story