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Flames Set Ablaze More than 70 Refugee Tents in Zahle

A huge fire erupted on Friday afternoon in Sahel al-Fayda area on the outskirts of the Bekaa city of Zahle, setting several refugee tents ablaze.

The fire set ablaze “more than 70 tents,” LBCI television reported, adding that civil defense forces rushed to the scene to contain the flames.

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Arab Israelis Arrested over Alleged Contact with Hizbullah

The Shin Bet security service has announced the arrest of a number of Israeli Arabs suspected of contacting Hizbullah in an alleged attempt by the party to carry out attacks in the Jewish State, Israeli media reported.

Four men were arrested in Israel for having direct contact with Hizbullah, the Shin Bet said in a statement on Thursday.

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Jordan Charges 8 with Recruiting Hizbullah Fighters, Planning anti-U.S. and Israel 'Terror Plots'

Jordanian military prosecutors on Monday charged eight suspects, including a Syrian fugitive, with plotting to attack U.S. soldiers and Israel's embassy in the kingdom and recruiting people to join Hizbullah.

"State security court prosecutors accused the eight men with plotting to carry out terrorist acts, including attacks against U.S. soldiers in 2006 and the Israeli embassy in Amman," a court official told Agence France Presse.

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Franjieh Urges Unity in Face of Terrorism: Army-People-Resistance Equation Has Imposed Itself

Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh on Saturday called for unity in Lebanon “to confront terrorism,” reiterating that the army-people-resistance equation is necessary in the confrontation.

"Our political choices turned out to be correct again and now it is time to face dangers and terrorism. We all agree that this is terrorism,” Franjieh said in an interview on al-Manar television.

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Nasrallah Says Ready to Confront Existential Threat Facing Lebanon: Those Considering ISIL a Joke Are Detached from Reality

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned on Friday of a “real existential danger” threatening Lebanon and the region, calling for putting all differences aside to face the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“We have to believe that there is a real existential danger threatening us all and it is not a joke,” Nasrallah said during a televised speech he gave on the occasion of the July 2006 war “victory.”

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Geagea Calls for Releasing Abducted Soldiers 'Militarily,' Rejects Parliament Term Extension

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Wednesday rejected any exchange between Roumieh inmates or other extremist detainees and soldiers kidnapped during the clashes of the northeastern town of Arsal, declaring that he supports a military operation to free the abducted troops.

Geagea also announced that he rejects extending the parliament's term.

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Change and Reform Bloc Requests 'Clarifications' on Arsal Clashes, Militants' Escape

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday asked official authorities to provide explanations on the circumstances of the latest clashes between army troops and extremist militants in the northeastern border town of Arsal, requesting also information on the gunmen's withdrawal along with the kidnapped soldiers.

Free Patriotic Movement leader “MP (Michel) Aoun warned last week of negotiating with terrorists and said that what is needed is supporting the army and finding radical solutions, which means informing citizens about what is happening and what are the responsibilities and what is the battle's fate,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the Change and Reform bloc's weekly meeting.

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March 14 Reunites with Hariri: Controlling Border is Not Complete without Hizbullah Withdrawal from Syria

The March 14 coalition held an extraordinary expanded meeting at the Center House on Friday evening, in the presence of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri for the first time in over three years following his surprising return to Lebanon earlier in the day.

The conferees called for controlling the Lebanese-Syrian border by deploying army troops supported by international peacekeeping forces, according to the stipulations of U.N. Security Council resolution 1701.

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Bou Saab Going Forward with Passing Statements, Calls for Correcting Exams as of Tuesday

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced on Friday that he is going forward with issuing passing statements for Grade 12 and Grade 9 school students who have applied for official exams, calling on teachers and the Syndicate Coordination Committee to end their boycott of exam correction.

“I decided to issue passing statements for all students who applied for official exams. We will start printing the statements to give them to students as of next week,” Bou Saab declared at a press conference he held at the ministry of education.

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Syria Refugees Fail to Head Home during Arsal Army-Jihadist Truce

Hundreds of Syrian refugees tried to head home from the border town of Arsal on Thursday during a truce that was reached following clashes between army troops and foreign jihadists in the Bekaa region.

However, the refugee convoy failed to cross the border and retreated back to Lebanese territory.

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