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Funding for Lebanon Response in 2017 Amounts to USD 1.68 Billion

International funding for Lebanon in 2017 amounted to USD 1.68 billion, as shown by the funding update released by the Office of the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon.

This amount includes a total of USD 1.37 billion disbursed by donors in 2017 and USD 309.6 million carried over from 2016 by implementing partners.

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Berri Rules Out Escalation after Israeli Jet Downing; Says Lebanon Oil Rights 'Protected'

After the downing of an Israeli warplane by Syrian forces over the weekend, Speaker Nabih Berri said the incident “will create new rules of engagement” as he ruled out an escalation in the region, assuring that Lebanon's oil excavation rights are safeguarded, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

“What happened is larger than a battle and a little less than a war. It will create new balances and rules of engagement in the region. This event is the first of its kind in tens of years. However, no escalation is expected. Things will end there, they will not develop into a comprehensive war,” the daily quoted Berri as telling his visitors.

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Aid Conference for Lebanon Scheduled Mid March

A major international donor conference aimed at boosting support for Lebanon's army and security forces has been scheduled on March 15.

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Lebanese Man Crosses into Israel, Again

A Lebanese man on Sunday crossed the border fence into Israel from the Fatima Gate area in south Lebanon, the Lebanese National News Agency said.

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Israeli Minister Urges against New Lebanon War

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has warned that "any future battle with Lebanon will witness the launch of a large number of rockets at northern and central Israel."

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Aoun to Hold Summit with Berri, Hariri over Syria Flare-Up

President Michel Aoun intends to invite Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri to a meeting in Baabda on Monday, media reports said.

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Tillerson to Tackle Hizbullah 'Subversive Role' in Beirut Talks

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will tackle "Hizbullah's subversive role in Lebanon and the region" during his upcoming visit to Beirut, a U.S. official said.

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Report: Satterfield Voiced Concern over Possible Transfer of Missiles to S. Lebanon

Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Satterfield expressed during talks in Lebanon last week concerns over the possible relocation of Iranian missile bases and factories from Syria to south Lebanon, a media report said.

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Hizbullah Hails Syrian Air Defenses for Downing Israel F16

Hizbullah has hailed Syria's air defenses after they downed an Israeli fighter jet on Saturday, saying it marked the start of a "new strategic era."

"This is the beginning of a new strategic era which puts an end to the violation of Syrian airspace and territory," Hizbullah said in a statement.

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Jumblat Says Major Disturbances Approaching the Region, Precautions Necessary in Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Saturday urged for “precaution in Lebanon” following early morning Israeli aggression against Syria and the earlier Israeli threats against Lebanon.

“It seems that there are major disturbances lurking in the region's horizons...It will not be useful to think of separating tracks since the Israelis have already linked them.”

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