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Lebanese nationals set fire to Syrian refugee camp forcing 370 residents to flee

A dispute led to a group of Lebanese nationals setting fire to an informal refugee settlement in the country’s north. Lebanon’s army arrested eight people. The army said on Sunday it “arrested two Lebanese nationals and six Syrians over a personal dispute … between a number of Lebanese men and Syrian workers,” according to a […]

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Lebanon’s prime minister has been charged with criminal NEGLECT over Beirut port explosion

The caretaker prime minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab and three ex-ministers have been with criminal neglect over the huge explosion at Beirut’s port that killed more than 200 people this summer. Diab, as well as two former public works ministers and an ex-finance minister, were accused Thursday of criminal neglect “that led to the death […]

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PRISON BREAK: 70 inmates escape jail in Lebanon; 5 dead while their stolen car crashed during police chase

At least 70 inmates have broken out of a prison after smashing their cell doors and attacking prison guards in Lebanon. The mass prison break on Saturday occurred at a facility holding pre-trial detainees in Baabda, a suburb of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. According to a police statement, five of the escaped inmates died when […]

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Massive forest fires rage in Syria, Lebanon, Israel. 2 dead

Forest fires in Syria this week have killed at least two people and burned swaths of land, state media reported. Syrian state television on Saturday said hundreds of hectares had burned in the countryside of Syria’s coastal Latakia and Tartus provinces, and in the central Homs province. The health ministry said two people died in […]

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Diesel tank explosion rocks Beirut weeks after port blast, 4 dead

A diesel tank exploded inside a building in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross has said. The explosion injured more than 30 people. Images showed flames in a street and sounds of people screaming in panic. Lebanese Red Cross head Georges Kettaneh said the […]

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Lebanon requests Interpol to arrest ship captain and owner for Beirut port blast

Lebanon has requested to arrest the foreign owner and captain of the ship that brought the material which blew up Beirut port causing devastation. The international police organisation Interpol was asked to detain two men without publicly identifying them. At least 190 people were killed when improperly stored ammonium nitrate cargo exploded on 4 August. […]

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Rescuers detect heartbeat under rubble a month after Beirut blast

Rescue teams in Beirut were hunting through the rubble on Friday after signs of life were detected 30 days after a massive explosion destroyed much of the city’s downtown coastal area. A pulse signal is still being detected in the ruins in the Mar Mikhael area of the Lebanese capital. Rescuers traced what they believed […]

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United Nations tribunal convicts 1 Hezbollah member in ex-Lebanon PM’s killing

A special United Nations backed court on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s rival political forces. The tribunal found  insufficient evidence against three other men charged as accomplices in the bombing and […]

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Lebanon parliament approves state of emergency, granting sweeping powers to the Army

Lebanon’s parliament has approved a state of emergency that grants sweeping powers to the army, citing the exceptional circumstances in the country following a massive explosion in Beirut last week. The cabinet had declared a two-week state of emergency on August 5, the day after the Beirut blast that left at least 200 dead and […]

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Beirut port resumes partial operations a week after warehouse explosion

A week after the Beirut port warehouse explosion, partial operations to secure goods for local markets have resumed. According to Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister, the port is now operating to unload vessels for merchants. “There are 12 cranes out of 16 operating at Beirut port,” Raoul Nehme said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. “The […]

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160 year old palace that withstood two World Wars, fall of Ottoman Empire was destroyed in Beirut explosion

A 160 year-old palace that witnessed two world wars, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate and Lebanese independence was destroyed in Lebanon after last week’s port warehouse explosion. After the 1975-1990 civil war, it took 20 years of careful restoration for the family to bring the palace back to its former glory. […]

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Lebanon’s government resigns as anger grows over Beirut port explosion

Lebanon’s government has resigned amid immense public anger and pressure after the massive blast that struck Beirut port on Tuesday last week. The announcement was made in a national TV address by Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday evening. Many people have accused the country’s leaders of culpability through their alleged negligence and corruption. The […]