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Fierce Clashes between Hizbullah, Nusra Front along Lebanon's Border

Fierce clashes erupted between Hizbullah fighters and al-Nusra Front jihadists in the Syrian Qalamoun along the Lebanese border, a monitor said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian regime troops backed by Hizbullah fighters engaged in battles with al-Qaida affiliate al-Nusra Front on the outskirts of the strategic Syrian al-Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border.

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Report: Extremists in Ain el-Hilweh Refrained from Attacking Army during Tripoli Clashes

Terrorists in the southern Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp aimed at launching attacks at the Lebanese army simultaneously with the gunbattles that erupted at the northern coastal city of Tripoli, Ad-Diyar newspaper reported on Sunday.

According to the daily, suspected armed men, residing in the al-Tawaree neighborhood in the Palestinian refugee camp, aimed at creating confusion among the army ranks and to expand the battle with the military to include South Lebanon.

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Rifi Accuses Nasrallah of Steering Iranian Project in Region

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi lashed out on Sunday at Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, considering that he is “clearly linked to the Iranian project in the region.”

“He (Nasrallah) is the main reason behind the growing modern terrorism, the growing sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiites and the one behind terrorism and violence,” Rifi said in comments published in the Saudi newspaper Okaz.

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Berri Surprised by al-Rahi's Strong Rhetoric as Patriarch Warns of Blatant Violation of Constitution

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi warned lawmakers on Sunday from further violating the constitutions as Speaker Nabih Berri expressed surprise over the Patriarch's strong rhetoric over the possible extension of the parliament's tenure.

“Lawmakers should end the blatant violation of the constitution and the infringement of the national pact,” al-Rahi said during a sermon at saint Charbel's Parish in Sydney in Australia.

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Al-Shahhal Calls on State To Lift Arrest Warrant against Diqmaq, Says he Averted Sedition

The founder of the salafist movement in Tripoli cleric Dai al-Islam al-Shahhal stressed on Sunday that Sheikh Bilal Diqmaq averted sedition in the northern coastal city, calling on the government to lift an arrest warrant issued against the salafist Sheikh.

He said in comments published in the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that tension surged in Tripoli after rumors that the army intends to raid his residence in the city and the house of MP Khaled al-Daher.

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Al-Nusra Front Hands Qatari Envoy in Arsal List of Demands on Soldiers' Case

Al-Nusra Front handed on Saturday to the Qatari envoy three proposals in the case of the abducted soldiers, suggesting to exchange the kidnapped soldiers for the Islamists in the Lebanese and Syrian jails.

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Army Detains Suspect in North, Issues Arrest Warrant against Bilal Diqmaq

The army carried out raids on Saturday in the north where they arrested a suspected person in Tripoli and seized a weapon depot and issued a security document to arrest Bilal Diqmaq.

The Army Command stated: “During a patrolling inspection, the army found in Tripoli's Bab al-Tabaneh – Harba street a weapon depot contains 25 rifle, machine gun BKC, two RPG shells and various ammunition, hand grenades, and military materiel.”

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Rifi Calls for Implementation of Security Plan Evenly, Confiscation of Weapons From all Areas

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called on Saturday for the implementation of the security plan evenly in all Lebanese regions and confiscating weapons from these areas, as it is happening in Tripoli. He also denied rumors about his escort transferring weapons to Arsal and stressed his support "to the government and the state institutions.”

During his visit to ISF member Deeb al-Lahhab, Rifi commented on what was published by al-Akhbar newspaper about the arrest of al-Lahhab while transferring money to the gunmen in the outskirts of Arsal, which Rifi considered as “lies and slur.”

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Scholars Committee Wants 'Govt. Mandate' to Resume Mediation in Arsal Captives Case

Muslims Scholars Committee delegation hoped on Saturday to resume their initiative in the case of the servicemen kidnapped by extremist groups, but with one condition "the government becomes the only guarantor."

It demanded, " an official mandate from the government."

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Gunmen Rob LL500 Million from Baalbek Bank

Unknown assailants robbed at gunpoint on Saturday LL500 million from the Jammal Trust Bank's branch in the Bekaa city of Baalbek, reported the National News Agency.

It said that the gunmen, riding in two BMW SUVs, intercepted two bank employees as they were transferring the funds to the Central Bank branch in the city.

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