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  • Saturday 09 Sep | 14:39 Security & Law - Army Command calls on all parties to cease fire in Ain al-Hilweh camp
    NNA - The Lebanese Army Command's Orientation Directorate issued today the following statement: "In wake of the renewed armed clashes inside the Ain El-Hilweh camp - Sidon, the Army Command indicates that it is working to take appropriate measures and conduct the necessary contacts to stop these clashes that endanger the lives of innocent citizens..." The statement called "on all concerned parties in the camp to cease fire in order to preserve the interests of their children and their cause, and to protect the lives of residents in the surrounding areas." The Army Command also called "on all citizens to exercise caution in the areas surrounding the camp, not to approach the sites of clashes, and to adhere to the measures taken by the military units deployed in the vicinity in order to preserve their safety."   ========R.Sh.
  • Saturday 09 Sep | 13:44 Politics - Mikati discusses with Abbas Ain al-Hilweh camp developments
    NNA - Prime Minister Najib Mikati contacted on Saturday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, where they reviewed the developments taking place in Ain al-Hilweh camp. During the call, PM Mikati stressed the priority of ceasing all military action and cooperating with the Lebanese security services to address the existing tensions. The Prime Minister said: "What is happening does not serve the Palestinian cause at all and constitutes a grave insult to the Lebanese state in general, particularly to the city of Sidon which embraces the Palestinian brothers....What is required in return is that they deal with the Lebanese state in accordance with its laws and regulations, preserving the safety of its citizens."   ========R.Sh.
  • Saturday 09 Sep | 10:31 Security & Law - Clashes renew in Ain al-Hilweh
    NNA - Clashes renewed inside Ain al-Hilweh camp on the 'Hayt Hattin' front, in which machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades were used. Confrontations are taking place between the Fatah movement and extremist groups.      
  • Friday 08 Sep | 16:32 Politics - Statement by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon: Urgent call to stop the fighting in Ein el-Hilweh Palestine Refugee Camp and vacate...
    NNA - The United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Imran Riza, made an urgent call to stop the fighting in Ein el-Hilweh Palestine Refugee Camp and vacate the UNRWA schools.  In his statement, Riza said: “The continuing clashes in the Ein El-Hilweh Palestine Refugee Camp, along with the ongoing takeover of eight UNRWA schools, are preventing the access of nearly 6,000 children who are about to begin their school year. Education institutions must be safe and neutral spaces, critical for children's learning, well-being, and growth. The use of armed groups of schools amounts to gross violations of both International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law endangering children's rights to a safe learning environment, and jeopardizing their future and the future of their community. I urge armed groups to stop the fighting in the camp and vacate these schools immediately. I also call for the facilitation of the work of UNRWA and other humanitarian organisations to provide much-needed protection and assistance to families in need in the camp.  The protection of civilians, including children, and their access to school, safe from all forms of violence and exploitation, is a shared responsibility. All concerned actors must take action to protect civilians, facilitate unhindered humanitarian access, and prevent the use of civilian infrastructure for fighting purposes."   -------------------- L.Y 
  • Friday 08 Sep | 15:41 Politics - Berri broaches general situation with MP Abdel Massih, receives Brigadier General Shehadeh, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate delegation
    NNA – House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Friday met at the Second Presidency in Ein El-Tineh, with MP Adib Abdel Massih, with whom he discussed the country’s general situation, political developments and legislative affairs.  Speaker Berri also received Lebanes government’s coordinator with UNIFIL, Brigadier General Mounir Shehadeh.  Berri later received a delegation representing  Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X Yazigi.  The delegation handed Speaker Berri the invitation of the Saint John of Damascus Institute at the Balamand regarding the international scientific conference organized by the University of Balamand under the patronage and presence of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, John X, under the headline: “The Antiochian Orthodox Church from the Fifteenth Century to the Eighteenth Century: Towards an Accurate Understanding of History.” ——————- L.Y
  • Friday 08 Sep | 13:53 Miscellaneous - Clashes resume in Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, General Security officer injured
    NNA – Clashes have resumed at Ain Al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp between Fatah Movement and Al-Jamaa Islamiyya, which led to blocking more roads, especially near Imam Ali Mosque in Ain al-Hilweh and along the eastern highway near Hariri Mosque in Sidon. The stray bullets that struck some neighborhoods in the city of Sidon during the second round of clashes resulted in the injury of a General Security officer after receiving a bullet in the head. The injured officer was swiftly transferred to Hammoud Hospital in Sidon, where he underwent head surgery.   =====================R.H.
  • Friday 08 Sep | 11:24 Miscellaneous - Cautious calm in Ain al-Hilweh camp, overnight clashes leave 20 injured
    NNA - Cautious calm currently prevails in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp after the cessation of clashes between Fatah movement and extremist Islamists, as a result of intensive contacts made between Lebanese and Palestinian leaders, our reporter said on Friday.  It is to note that 20 people sustained injuries during the conflict between both parties.      =========R.H.  
  • Friday 08 Sep | 10:37 Miscellaneous - Clashes ongoing at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, Lebanese University Sidon branch closes doors
    NNA - Armed clashes continued on Friday at Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp between the Fatah Movement and Islamists with a toll of 6 civilian casualties recorded overnight.  As a result of the security developments in the refugee camp, the Lebanese University issued a statement in which it announced that “due to the security situation in Sidon, and out of concern for the safety of students and workers, the Lebanese University branches in the city of Sidon will be closed on Friday.”     =============R.H.
  • Saturday 02 Sep | 09:39 Security & Law - Two explosions heard at dawn in Ain al-Hilweh camp, no reported injuries
    NNA - Sidon - Two explosions were heard at dawn today in Ain al-Hilweh camp, which turned out to be caused by the throwing of two hand grenades between Al-Samu' and Bisan Schools in the Taware'e neighborhood, with no injuries reported.   =======R.Sh.
  • Friday 01 Sep | 17:56 Politics - GS’s Baissari discusses Palestinian refugee camps conditions with Secretary-General of Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine
    NNA - Acting Director General of General Security, Brigadier General Elias Baissari, on Friday received in his office, the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command - Dr. Talal Naji, at the head of a delegation.  Brigadier General Baissari discussed with the delegation general Palestinian affairs, in addition to the conditions of the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, especially Ain al-Hilweh camp, and the recent developments there. ———————— L.Y
  • Thursday 17 Aug | 10:43 Politics - UNRWA urges armed groups to immediately vacate its facilities in Ein El Hilweh refugee camp
    NNA - “UNRWA received alarming reports that armed actors continue to occupy its installations including a school compound in Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in the south of Lebanon. UNRWA facilities have reportedly been damaged by the recent fighting in the camp," said Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Dorothee Klaus, in a statement on Thursday. “The compound has four UNRWA schools that normally provide education to 3,200 Palestine Refugee children," she noted, adding: “This is a grave violation of the inviolability of UN premises under international law, which compromises the neutrality of UNRWA installations and undermines the safety and security of our staff and Palestine Refugees." “UNRWA strongly condemns these acts," she stressed. “All UNRWA facilities, including schools, must be protected at all times. Schools are meant to be a sanctuary for children and zones of peace where children learn and play. They must never be used for armed conflict." “UNRWA urges all relevant actors to immediately vacate its premises so that the Agency can restore critical services and the delivery of assistance to Palestine Refugees in need," she concluded.                   ===========
  • Monday 14 Aug | 09:23 Politics - Lebanese newspapers' headlines for Monday, August 14, 2023
    NNA - An-Nahar: Hezbollah's latest equations: Taif Agreement in return for Resistance   Nidaa al-Watan: Palestinian sources: Kahaleh truck was en route to Ain-el-Hilweh   Al-Joumhouria: Forensic audit report reverberates on internal and external scenes...Rejecting strife turns the page on Kahaleh incident   Al-Akhbar: Kahaleh incident: about the killer and the victim               ============R.A.H.
  • Friday 11 Aug | 14:53 Politics - Berri receives final draft of Alavarez and Marsal’s forensic audit report, broaches current situation with MP Saad, GS’s Baissari
    NNA – House Speaker, Nabih Berri, on Friday received, at the second presidency in Ain El-Tineh, the Secretary-General of the Nasserite Popular Organization, MP Osama Saad, with whom he discussed the general situation and political and security developments in light of the recent events in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh. Speaker Berri also met with Acting Director General of General Security, Brigadier General Elias Baissari, with whom he discussed the Speaker Berri also presented the general situation, especially the security one. On the other hand, Berri received the final draft of Alvarez & Marsal’s forensic audit report, which has been distributed to all MPs.    ================ L.Y
  • Thursday 10 Aug | 10:00 Regional - Israeli forces kill Palestinian near Nablus
    NNA - A Palestinian youth was Thursday killed by Israeli gunfire during a military raid in the area of Zawata, west of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Security sources told WAFA that Israeli forces raided the aforementioned area, sparking confrontations with Palestinians, during which a youth identified as Ameer Khalifa, 27, was hit with a bullet to the head. Khalifa, a resident of 'Ein Beit El Ma Camp, west of the Nablus, was transferred to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead later. ----WAFA ============R.A.H.
  • Monday 07 Aug | 17:59 Politics - Army Commander follows up on latest developments at Ain El-Hilweh refugee camp with Palestinian delegation
    NNA - Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, on Monday welcomed in Yarzeh Palestinian Liberation Organization and "Fatah" movement member, Minister Azzam Al-Ahmad, who visited him in the company of Palestinian ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabour, and "Fatah" Secretary, Fathi Abu Al-Ardat. The meeting reportedly discussed the latest developments in Ain El-Hilweh refugee camp.   =============R.H.
  • Monday 07 Aug | 17:23 Politics - (UPDATE) Mikati chairs cabinet session over 2023 state budget at Grand Serail
    NNA - Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Monday said that the cabinet’s agenda would be postponed till next session, noting that “discussions will be limited to the state budget draft law with the hope of completing it during today’s session.”  Moreover, the Prime Minister stated that the Education Minister had requested the issuance of a decree for holding extraordinary exam sessions for intermediate and secondary school certificates.  Regarding recent media reports, Mikati made it clear that they were far from the truth.  “I had a lengthy meeting with the Lebanese Central Bank’s Acting Governor on Saturday, and we’ve reached an agreement over a clear plan,” the PM maintained.  In addition, the Mikati expressed full confidence in the Acting Governor and the plan agreed upon. He noted that the Finance Minister was currently exploring the most suitable and swift approach to address the matter without facing issues with salaries and medicines in August.   As for the travel warning statements recently issued by Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), Mikati ruled out any exceptional security situation as per the country’s security apparatuses.  As for the unrest being witnessed in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, Mikati said that he had held a lengthy meeting with the Palestinian leadership in Lebanon and with Lebanese security officials.  “We’ve agreed on a specific mechanism that the Palestinians will adhere to, leading to a statement from the Palestinian side on this matter,” Mikati concluded.        =============R.H.
  • Monday 07 Aug | 12:50 Politics - Mawlawi stresses keenness on Arabs, says Ain-el-Hilweh turmoil has calmed down
    NNA - Caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi stressed that "the Lebanese state does not cover any criminal or culprit or organization," adding that contacts at the political and military levels are still ongoing to hand over those involved in the recent events that erupted in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh. Mawlawi also stressed that the security reports do not indicate that the situation in the camp has gone out of control or spilled over into other camps. "Lebanon is not a mailbox, and we will not allow it to turn into an arena to send messages," he underlined. "We appreciate the measures undertaken by the army to curb the situation in Ain-el-Hilweh and things have calmed down now," he added. Moreover, Mawlawi stressed keenness on Lebanon's "Arab brothers," adding that the warning travels they have issued aim to guarantee the safety of their nationals.                       =============R.A.H.
  • Monday 07 Aug | 09:20 Politics - Lebanese newspapers' headlines for Monday. August 7, 2023
    NNA - Al-Binaa: Gulf embassies' travel warnings an unsolved mystery   Al-Joumhouria: Riyadh's statement an expression of wrath and dismay...Practical solutions in process in Ain-el-Hilweh   Nidaa al-Watan: Ain-el-Hilweh windows closed to appease the Gulf   Al-Akhbar: Embassies' warnings: Presidential pressure or security threat?                           =============R.A.H.
  • Sunday 06 Aug | 20:11 Politics - Jumblatt after meeting Berri: We touched on positive signs & what will happen in the issue of drilling in the south...Both the Speaker and I did not...
    NNA - House Speaker Nabih Berri received at Ain al-Tineh this evening, former head of the Progressive Socialist Party & former MP Walid Jumblatt, where they discussed the general situation and the latest security and political developments in the country. Following their half-hour meeting, Jumblatt said: “After a period of not seeing Speaker Berri as a result of some personal circumstances, I wished to visit him...and this is a normal visit to a friend and ally with whom I share a mutual struggle...We had a general tour d'horizon, no more, no less..." Jumblatt continued: "We spoke about everything, about the weather, politics, and the positive signs, namely what will happen at the end of the month or next month regarding the issue of drilling in the south, about the Lebanese wealth, and this is thanks to the great efforts made by Speaker Berri, despite the obstacles that were placed before him and the Lebanese...This is good news, and as I also understood, finally the sovereign fund will appear for all the Lebanese, and this is very important." Touching on the security issue and what happened in Ain al-Hilweh camp and the statements issued by the embassies, Jumblatt said: "Both Speaker Berri and I did not understand why this concern in the embassies' statements...It seems that there are things we are not aware of...but regarding the issue of the Ain al-Hilweh camp, matters seem to be controlled to some extent, and the Palestinian and Lebanese efforts may lead to a solution." Asked about his relationship with Speaker Berri and their separation over the presidential issue, Jumblatt said: "I did not separate from Speaker Berri...Is it required that I talk about the shared history, which is ten years old? Must I talk about overthrowing May 17, which is a national and patriotic achievement we are proud of...?”   =========R.Sh.  
  • Sunday 06 Aug | 14:07 Politics - Mikati meets with Palestinian officials to discuss peace efforts in Ain al-Hilweh
    NNA - On Sunday, the caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati received in his residence the member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Azzam al-Ahmad, in the presence of Acting Director-General of General Security Brigadier Elias al-Baysari, and the Director of Military Intelligence Brigadier General Tony Kahwaji. The head of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, Bassel el-Hassan, from the Palestinian side, the Secretary-General of the Fatah Movement, Fathi Abu Ardat, and the Secretary-General of the factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Lebanon, Ambassador Ashraf Dabour, were also present. During the meeting, they discussed the situation in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp and the necessary measures to consolidate the ceasefire. --- LBC ENGLISH NEWS   ===========
  • Saturday 05 Aug | 14:12 Security & Law - Army Command denies information about preparations for military operation in Ain al-Hilweh camp
    NNA - The Lebanese Army Command denied today on "Twitter" what was circulated through social media quoting a military source about the army's preparation to carry out a military operation in Ain El-Hilweh camp. The Army Command confirmed that it is closely following up on the security situation in the camp, while stressing on the need to solely refer to its official communiques to obtain exclusive information in this regard.   ==========R.Sh.
  • Saturday 05 Aug | 14:03 Politics - Mikati follows-up with Bou Habib, Mawlawi over embassies' alert statements
    NNA - Prime Minister Najib Mikati followed-up today with Caretaker Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Abdallah Bou Habib, and Interior and Municipalities, Judge Bassam Mawlawi, on the developments related to the alert statements issued by the embassies of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Germany to their citizens in Lebanon. Following deliberation with the military and security leaders, the available information indicated that the country's security situation in general does not call for concern or panic, and that the political and security contacts to address the events of Ain al-Hilweh camp have made advancements, as matters are currently under close monitoring to ensure stability and prevent any security infringement or targeting citizens, residents, and Arab and foreign tourists. In this connection, Mikati commissioned Bou Habib to communicate with "the Arab brothers to reassure them of the safety of their citizens in Lebanon." He also asked Mawlawi to convene the Central Security Council to discuss the challenges that Lebanon may face amidst these tense regional conditions, and to take appropriate decisions to maintain security in all Lebanese regions.   ========R.Sh.
  • Saturday 05 Aug | 09:08 Politics - Saudi Arabia calls on its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately
    NNA - The Saudi embassy in Lebanon asked citizens to immediately leave Lebanese territory, and warned them against approaching areas seeing armed conflicts, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported early Saturday. The embassy also reiterated the importance of adhering to the decision to prevent Saudi nationals from traveling to Lebanon, wishing security and safety for all. The Saudi embassy in Lebanon posted a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter. According to the SPA statement, the embassy called on Saudi citizens to contact the following numbers in case of any emergency: - 009611762711 - 009611762722 On Aug. 1, the United Kingdom also updated its travel advice for Lebanon, advising against “all but essential travel” to parts of Lebanon’s south near the Palestinian camp of Ein el-Hilweh. At least 13 people, most of them militants, were killed in fighting that broke out in the camp on July 29 between mainstream faction Fatah and hardline extremists, security sources in the camp told Reuters. Ein el-Hilweh is the largest of 12 Palestinian camps in Lebanon, hosting around 80,000 of up to 250,000 Palestinian refugees countrywide, according to the United Nations’ agency for refugees from Palestine. --- Al-Arabiya/Reuters      
  • Thursday 03 Aug | 16:42 Politics - Mikati follows up on situation in Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, contacts Palestinian President, other dignitaries
    NNA – Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, on Thursday followed up on the situation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh, through a phone call he made with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Premier Mikati also contacted, for the same purpose, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Azzam Al-Ahmad, and Palestinian Ambassador, Ashraf Dabour. Mikati also received a phone call from Hamas Movement Politburo Head Ismail Haniyeh. Premier Mikati renewed his call for the Palestinian leaders to "stop the fighting, which constitutes a flagrant violation of Lebanese sovereignty." "It is impermissible and unacceptable for the Palestinian organizations to consider the Lebanese land violable or to resort to this bloody fighting and terrorize the Lebanese, especially the people of the south, who have embraced the Palestinians for many years," Mikati said. The PM also emphasized that "the army, as well as the rest of the Lebanese security forces, will carry out the needed role in order to control security and stop the fighting."   ============== L.Y
  • Thursday 03 Aug | 12:39 Politics - Bizri calls Mikati for urgent government meeting in Sidon
    NNA - Sidon's MP Abdel Rahman Bizri on Thursday called the Caretaker Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, for holding an urgent session for the government in the southern city "in support for its residents, camps and surroundings" and "for the protection of citizens." According to Bizri, holding such a meeting in Sidon would prove the government's seriousness in backing the efforts aimed at clinching the ceasefire in the city's Ain-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.               ==============R.A.H.
  • Thursday 03 Aug | 11:43 Politics - Hamas Movement: Haniyeh contacted Mikati over Ain-el-Hilweh situation
    NNA - Hamas Movement announced, in a statement on Thursday, that the head of its politburo, Ismail Haniyeh, has contacted Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati for talks over the situation in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh. According to the statement, Haniyeh urged Mikati to multiply his efforts to clinch the ceasefire the warring factions agreed on last night. Also, Haniyeh stressed the necessity of respecting the decisions made by the Palestinian leaderships, especially the joint action committee, in coordination with the concerned Lebanese authorities.                     =============R.A.H.
  • Thursday 03 Aug | 09:50 Politics - Calm in Ain-el-Hilweh following night of heavy fighting
    NNA - Calm has prevailed in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh since the early morning following a night of heavy clashes.   In a statement, the Osbat Al-Ansar group said that "unrestrained" members of Fatah Movement waged attack on its centers and mosques in Al-Tawaree and Al-Safsaf neighborhoods.           ==============R.A.H.
  • Wednesday 02 Aug | 17:00 Politics - Army chief receives MPs, Palestinian Ambassador
    NNA - Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, received, at his Yarze office on Wednesday, MPs Abdel Aziz Samad and Nabil Badr, with whom he discussed the current general situation in the country.   General Aoun later met with the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ashraf Dabbour, over the latest developments in the refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh.                   ============R.A.H.
  • Wednesday 02 Aug | 16:03 Politics - Mikati after talks with Rahi: We proposed holding a meeting for the ministers in Dimane on Tuesday
    NNA - Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati visited the Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi in Dimane, accompanied by a ministerial delegation. Mikati later held a meeting with the members of the Council of Maronite Bishops. "During our discussions with the Patriarch, we proposed holding a meeting for the ministers in Dimane at 11:00 next Tuesday to tackle the challenges threatening the Lebanese and the means to confront them," said Mikati. He added that talks with the Patriarch also touched on the displaced Syrians' file. Moreover, he renewed calls to expedite the election of a new president of the republic. Mikati also revealed that he contacted the Central Bank's interim governor Wassim Mansouri in the morning. On the events in Ain-el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, Mikati said: "I am following up on the matter with the army chief and things will be under control soon, God willing."                   ============R.A.H.
  • Wednesday 02 Aug | 14:31 Politics - Maronite Bishops voice concerns over Ain-el-Hilweh events, urge MPs to elect president
    NNA - The Council of the Maronite Bishops on Wednesday voiced concerns over the fresh tensions that erupted between the Palestinian factions at the refugee camp of Ain-el-Hilweh in Saida. In a statement following their monthly meeting under the chairmanship of Patriarch Beshara Rahi, the Bishops urged the government as well as the military and security institutions to "take immediate and conclusive measures to put an end to the uncontrolled spread of arms inside the camp," stressing the obligation to "return to the legitimate security." On the current political situation in the country, the Bishops thanked the French presidential envoy Jean-Yves Le Drian and the five nations for their efforts in helping resolve the presidential ordeal. The Bishops urged the MPs to assume their national and constitutional duty and elect a new president of the republic.                   ===========R.A.H.
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