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Parliament discusses refugees, Mikati says $1B 'continuation of previous aid'

Parliament convened Wednesday to discuss the Syrian refugee crisis and the latest controversial EU aid package, with lawmakers from the entire political spectrum ramping up anti-refugee sentiment and calling for more refugee returns and crackdowns.

“Lebanon’s fate hinges on this session,” Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri warned at the beginning of the session.

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Nasrallah meets Hamas delegation over Gaza war

Hezbollah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah met Wednesday with a delegation from Hamas headed by Khalil al Hayyeh along with Mohammad Nasr and Oussama Hamdan at an undisclosed location in Lebanon.

Nasrallah and the delegation discussed and evaluated the latest developments in Gaza and on the other "support fronts", a Hezbollah statement said.

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Hezbollah commander among two killed in Israeli Tyre strike

Lebanese state media said an Israeli strike on a car in the country's south killed two people Tuesday, with a source close to Iran-backed Hezbollah saying a field commander was among the dead.

Israel and Hamas ally Hezbollah have exchanged near-daily fire following the Palestinian group's October 7 attack on southern Israel that sparked the war in Gaza.

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Israel says civilian killed, 5 soldiers wounded in Hezbollah attack on Adamit

Israel's army said rockets fired from Lebanon on Tuesday killed a civilian and wounded five soldiers on the Israeli side of the border.

"On the northern border, a civilian was killed today from an anti-tank missile that hit Adamit," a kibbutz community on the border with Lebanon, army spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a televised briefing.

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Mikati calls Syrian PM, asks for talks with Syria delegation to Arab Summit

Direct communication has taken place for the first time between caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Syrian government, after ministers and security chiefs used to be in charge of such contacts in recent years.

In a Facebook post, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s adviser Luna al-Shebel revealed that Syrian Prime Minister Hussein Arnous has received several phone calls from Mikati.

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Canada's FM in Lebanon to affirm 'commitment to regional stability'

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly arrived Tuesday in Lebanon on a two-day visit to the crisis-hit country.

Joly had been in Cyprus and will also be travelling to Türkiye and Greece.

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Nasrallah urges authorities to allow Syrian migrant boats to leave for Europe

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has urged Lebanese authorities to open the seas for migrant boats to reach Europe, amid soaring anti-Syrian sentiment and accusations the West is seeking to keep refugees in Lebanon.

His remarks came in an apparent bid to pressure the European Union after it announced earlier this month $1 billion in aid to Lebanon to help tackle irregular migration.

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Lebanon resumes voluntary returns of Syrians

Lebanon resumed Tuesday "voluntary returns" of Syrians, with dozens of families set to pass through two land border crossings in the country's east, a year and a half after such returns were paused.

300 refugees are expected to leave from Arsal in the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese side of the border with Syria to Homs and al-Qalamoun in Syria, media reports said.

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Hezbollah says attacks spy balloon launchpad in north Israel

Hezbollah said it targeted Tuesday the launchpad of an Israeli spy balloon that flew over Adamit in northern Israel, its control panel, and its operating crew.

The Israeli army said the spy balloon fell in Lebanon after Hezbollah shot it down.

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Nasrallah says US, France acknowledge south front to stay active till Gaza war ends

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday stressed that “the main and real objective of Lebanon's front is to pressure Israel to halt the war in Gaza.”

“The Lebanese front is imposing equations and its connection to the Gaza front is categorical,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech commemorating Hezbollah’s slain military commander Mustafa Badreddine.

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