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Citizen Kidnapped near Arsal

A citizen from Zahle was kidnapped on Monday near the Bekaa town of Arsal, reported the National News Agency.

It said that Shan Foufian was kidnapped while he was inspecting a rock saw.

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Report: March 14 General Secretariat to Hold Weekly Meeting in Sidon in Solidarity with Residents

The March 14 General Secretariat will hold its weekly meetings in different areas across Lebanon with the aim of decreasing the sectarian tension, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, the General Secretariat will kickstart this week meetings in the southern city of Sidon in solidarity with its residents.

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Gas Tanker Comes under Fire at Zahle Highway

Unknown assailants opened fire on Monday a gas tanker on the Zahle highway, reported the National News Agency.

The driver Ali Mehdi Jaafar, who escaped unscathed, said that he was chased by two cars as he reached the Rihab crossroad on the highway near the Bekaa city.

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Two Roadside Bombs Explode on Zahle Highway

Two roadside bombs exploded at dawn on Friday on the highway at the entrance of the city of Zahle in the Beqaa region, but caused no casualties or damage.

A military expert said that the explosion was caused by two 90 mm mortar shells connected to a detonator, according to the state-run National News Agency.

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March 14 from Zahle: Bekaa Residents Paying Price for Harboring Syrian Refugees

The March 14 General Secretariat condemned on Monday the “security chaos” in the Bekaa region, warning that its residents are at risk of paying the price of sectarian strife.

It said in a statement: “The residents of the region are paying the price for their harboring of the majority of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.”

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March 14 Plans Zahle Visit after Report of Arms Flow to Bekaa Clans

A March 14 alliance delegation plans to visit the eastern city of Zahle on Monday for talks with officials in the Bekaa valley after reports that major clans in the areas of Hermel and Arsal have been arming heavily.

The delegation's visit to Zahle will include talks with lawmakers and major officials in the Bekaa to prevent strife and preserve coexistence, An Nahar daily said.

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Gunmen Kidnap Citizen in Zahle

Gunmen abducted overnight a citizen in the Bekaa town of Zahle, reported the National News Agency Sunday.

It said that four gunmen kidnapped Butros Salim Attallah at around 2:30 a.m. in front of a nightclub in the area.

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Gunmen Rob Citizen at Gunpoint in Zahle

39-year-old Nader Ahmed al-Karaki was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday by three gunmen in the eastern city of Zahle, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, the armed men on board of a black Peugeot that had no license plate stole around LL13 million.

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Telecom Ministry Rejects Use of its Cables over Report on Hizbullah Network

The Telecommunications Ministry dubbed on Sunday illegal any official or unofficial attempt to install private telecom networks, saying it was keen on protecting its systems.

The ministry issued a statement in response to a report by Free Lebanon radio that Hizbullah has lately developed a wiretapping network and established several centers in areas that fall in Lebanon's western mountain range.

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Inmates Riot at Zahle Prison as Assailants Open Fire on Warden's House

Several inmates rioted at the prison of the eastern city of Zahle on Wednesday to protest the transfer of two other convicts to another prison, media reports said.

They said the prisoners burned their belongings in one of the cells, which prompted guards to call for firefighters to put out the blaze.

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