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Suleiman Hails Army Measures to Safeguard Lebanon

President Michel Suleiman hailed on Saturday the measures undertaken by the Army in the northeastern Bekaa border town of Arsal.

“The measures carried out by the Army in Arsal are to preserve Lebanese territories,” Suleiman said in a statement.

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Army Detains Suspect who Opened Fire at Patrol in al-Ghobairi

The army detained on Saturday Hassan Karaki in the Beirut southern suburb of al-Kafaat, the National News Agency reported.

Hassan, who is also known as Antar, was arrested after he opened fire at an army patrol in Beirut's southern suburbs of al-Ghobairi on Friday.

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Report: 15 Members from al-Meqdad Transferred to Roumieh Prison

15 members from al-Meqdad clan were transferred to Roumieh prison, the oldest and largest of Lebanon's overcrowded prisons, media reports said on Saturday.

LBCI reported that the 15 members include the clan's spokesman Maher al-Meqdad and Hassan al-Meqdad.

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Cypriot Defense Minister Holds Talks with Senior Lebanese Officials

Cypriot Defense Minister Dimitris Eliadis held talks on Saturday with senior Lebanese officials who stressed that the bilateral ties between Lebanon and Cyprus are “excellent.”

“Lebanon's stability is a key component to maintain stability in the region,” Eliadis said during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Minister Fayez Ghosn.

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Security Forces Continue Crackdown on Cannabis Fields in Bekaa

The Internal Security Forces and Army resumed on Saturday the crackdown on cannabis fields in the eastern Bekaa.

The Directorate General of ISF issued a communique saying that 130 dunums of cannabis crops were destroyed in the village of Hermel in the Bekaa.

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Moussawi Meets Plumbly, Says Hizbullah Supports Army

Hizbullah International Relations official Ammar Moussawi stressed on Saturday that the party supports the measures undertaken by the army to preserve stability in Lebanon.

“The army is a national institution that is tasked with maintaining stability in the country and pursuing security violators,” Moussawi said in a meeting with U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.

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Free Syrian Army Infiltrates Arsal, Attacks Army Post

The Army Command announced on Saturday the infiltration of a Free Syrian Army unit of the Bekaa town of Arsal on Friday night.

It said in a statement that the unit, “backed by a large number of gunmen, infiltrated the outskirts of the town and then attacked an army post in the area.”

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FPM Leader from Jezzine: We Defended Ourselves with National Unity

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun kicked off on Saturday a visit to the southern region of Jezzine where he stressed the importance of national unity and mutual coexistence.

He said: “We defend ourselves with national unity.”

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PM: Government Will Not Back Down from Decision on New Wage Scale

Prime Minister Najib Miqati denied claims that the government may be backing down from its agreement over a new wage scale, reported the daily An Nahar on Saturday.

He told the daily ahead of his trip to New York that the decision was taken at cabinet and discussions are ongoing to find the sources of its funding.

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Charbel: Security Raids Will Continue until All Suspects are Arrested

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel stressed that none of the wanted suspects in Lebanon enjoy political cover, reported As Safir newspaper on Saturday.

He told the newspaper: “The Lebanese army will continue its raids until all wanted suspects and gangs are arrested.”

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