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Security Forces Deploy Heavily in Tripoli amid Arrests of Suspects

Security forces staged a number of raids in the northern city of Tripoli on Friday in search of wanted suspects and in light of recent rallies in the city that demanded a halt to the “arbitrary” arrests taking place there.

MTV reported that a suspect was arrested during a raid on the government hospital in the district of al-Qobbeh.

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Qazzi Slams Bou Saab over Lebanese University Decree

Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi held Education Minister Elias Bou Saab responsible for the cabinet's failure to approve the decree on the Lebanese University and accused him of harming the consensus agreement reached among its members.

“I hold Minister Bou Saab responsible for the failure. He is also harming the concept of consensus in the cabinet,” Qazzi told several local dailies published on Friday.

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Berri Gives Cabinet a Push despite Parliament Paralysis

Speaker Nabih Berri has expressed concern over the differences between cabinet members who have again failed to resolve the dispute on the appointment of deans at the Lebanese University.

While the ministers reached an agreement on Thursday on the full-time employment of LU contract workers, the education decree was not approved over differences between the Kataeb Party and the Progressive Socialist Party on the appointments.

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Army Arrests Suspects for Aiding Fighters in Bekaa Valley

The Lebanese army has arrested several gunmen in the eastern Bekaa Valley for transporting aid to fighters based on the outskirts of the town of Arsal, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The military said the four suspects, who were in a pick-up truck, were seized in Arsal late Thursday. They are Syrian nationals who entered the country illegally.

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Arrests Made as Rockets Fired from Southern Lebanon Land in Israel, Drawing Retaliation

Several rockets were fired on northern Israel from the outskirts of the town of Mari in Hasbaya on Friday morning, drawing retaliatory Israeli artillery fire, the Lebanese army and the state-run National News Agency said.

The Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau later arrested a suspect linked to the attack.

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ISF Says al-Kafaat Doctor was Murdered by Son

A physician gruesomely murdered Wednesday inside his house was killed at the hands of his own son, the Internal Security Forces announced on Thursday.

The ISF said it managed to arrest the 24-year-old culprit in the Beirut suburb of Hadath only hours after he committed his crime.

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U.S. Sanctions Amhaz Electronics Firm for Allegedly Helping Hizbullah Buy Material Used in Drones

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday sanctioned a network of firms and individuals in Lebanon, the UAE and China for allegedly procuring sophisticated military equipment for Hizbullah, including materials for aerial drones.

“As the Treasury Department announced today, the United States targeted a key Hizbullah procurement network by designating brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz; their business, Stars Group Holding, which is based in Beirut and has subsidiaries in China and the UAE; and certain managers and individuals who supported their illicit activities,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

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Kabbara Slams 'Arbitrary Arrests' in Tripoli: Oppression of Sunnis Leads to Unexpected Reactions

The Islamic National Gathering slammed on Thursday the “arbitrary arrests targeting the sons of Tripoli” in northern Lebanon, warning that the “oppression of the Sunni sect will result in unexpected reactions.”

"We reject the arbitrary arrests of Tripoli's sons and we hold the Attorney General of the court of cassation and the judges fully responsible for any Sunni's detention,” al-Mustaqbal bloc MP Mohammed Kabbara announced after a meeting with the northern city's figures.

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Cabinet Fails to Approve LU Teachers Decree over Reservations

The cabinet met on Thursday to discuss thorny issues, including the controversial employment of Lebanese University’s contract workers and the appointment of deans.

The government however chose to postpone tackling the LU file after the ministers of the Progressive Socialist Party, of MP Walid Jumblat, insisted on the appointment of a Christian official in the post of dean of the medical school.

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Palestinian Family Escapes Ain el-Hilweh Roof Collapse

A Palestinian family escaped unharmed after the roof of their apartment collapsed at Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, the state-run National News Agency reported Thursday.

NNA said the roof of one of the bedrooms collapsed when the five-member Shehabi family was having its Iftar meal in the living room on Wednesday.

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