Day of reckoning as Lebanon cabinet deadline passes
A deadline set by French President Emmanuel Macron for the formation of a new Lebanese government, as per his much-talked about plan to pull Lebanon back from its worst political and financial crisis in decades, has passed without the slightest indication the deadlock will be resolved anytime soon.On 1 September, Macron said that on his visit to Beirut Lebanon’s leaders “assured” him that a new government would be formed in two weeks to undertake “the substantial” reforms Macron and other world leaders had demanded before the country could get further assistance to salvage the crumpling econom...
Lebanon: over 1000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
Lebanon on Sunday said it confirmed 1,006 new novel coronavirus cases and 11 deaths from the disease in 24 hours, in a new record for the crisis-hit country.The figures from the health ministry brought Lebanon's total tally since February to 29,303 Covid-19 cases, including 297 deaths.Outgoing health minister Hamad Hassan told television channel Al Jadeed he had called for authorities to impose a new two-week lockdown to combat the virus' spread.Cases have spiked in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the Beirut port on August 4 that killed more than 190 people and overwhelmed the capital'...
Lebanon army surveys 85,000 building units post-Beirut blast
Lebanon's army said Saturday it has carried out a survey of more than 85,000 dwellings, businesses and other building units damaged by the massive Beirut port blast last month.The August 4 explosion of hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut port killed more than 190 people, wounded thousands and ravaged large parts of the capital."A total of 85,744 affected units have been surveyed," the army said.It had surveyed 60,818 housing units, 19,115 businesses, 1,137 heritage units, 962 restaurants, 82 teaching institutions and 12 hospitals, among other unis.It recorded almost 550,000...
Lebanon protests: Authorities prey on digital spaces to silence criticism
Protestors in Tyre, Southern Lebanon, cheering to a female singer during a demonstration against government corruption and austerity measures on October 22, 2019. Credit: RomanDeckert via Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0.Editor's note: This article is part of UPROAR, a Small Media initiative that is urging governments to address digital rights challenges at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). As new protests erupt in Lebanon, online repression is set to continue.In recent weeks, protests escalated as the country is crippled by the dire spill-overs31908-5/fulltext#:~:text=With%20the%20Aug%204%2C%20202...
Over 200 detainees infected with coronavirus in Lebanon prison
Some 200 detainees in Beirut’s Roumieh prison have contracted the coronavirus, the Lebanese Order of Physicians announced.President of the Lebanese Order of Physicians, Charaf Abou Charaf, said at a press conference: “There are 200 confirmed infections in Roumieh prison in Beirut suburb.”“We are afraid the infection situation could get worse, and we request equipping private and public hospitals if the number of infections increases,” he added.The security forces have recently declared that 22 infections had been registered, including 13 inmates and nine guards, inside Roumieh prison.According...
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Troubled Lebanon prey to foreign actors once again
The explosion that tore apart the port of Beirut and its surrounding areas last month has not only left Lebanon’s capital crippled, but it has also made the country more vulnerable than ever. The story of post-colonial Lebanon has not been one of independence, but rather of interference by international and regional powers. Whether it was US marines and Israeli tanks in the 1980s or an Iranian-backed militia and Syrian assassinations in more recent times, Lebanon has been the stage for repeated efforts by outsiders to extend their influence. With the French and Turkish presidents now speaking ...
US sanctions 2 Lebanon-based firms, Hezbollah-linked person
TheUSTreasury on Thursday imposedsanctionson two Lebanon-based companies and a man described as an official with the Lebanese militantHezbollahgroup.The United States considers the Iran-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organisation and has imposed sanctions on many of the militant group's officials in the past.The new wave of sanctions comes as Lebanon is passing through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.The country is also facing a political deadlock amid delays in the formation of a new, crisis Cabinet, because of a portfolio dispute.The US Department of the Treasury's Office of...
Lebanon's premier-designate plans more talks to form government
Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustafa Adib said on Thursday he plans more discussions as he struggles to form a new government to deal with the country's economic woes."I agreed with the president to give more time to the ongoing consultations," Adib told reporters after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.Adib admitted without elaborating that there are difficulties facing him in forming the government, but stressed that he is "counting on everyone's cooperation."The forming of the government has surpassed a 15-day deadline set during a visit by President Emmanuel Macron to Beiru...
Lebanon PM presses on with crisis cabinet line-up effort
Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib said on Thursday he was extending efforts to strike a deal on an emergency cabinet line-up despite missing a French deadline."I am fully aware that we do not have the luxury of time," he said in a brief statement after meeting President Michel Aoun.French President Emmanuel Macron had given Lebanon's main political players a two-week deadline to agree on a line-up of experts whose job would be to address multiple crises.The deadline expired on Wednesday with no result, prompting Macron to voice his disappointment."I am counting on everyone's coo...
Col. Abrokwah Takes Over Command In Lebanon
Scenes from the taking over ceremony in LebanonLieutenant Colonel Frank Gyebi Abrokwah has taken over as Commanding Officer of the Ghana troop at the Beirut National Headquarters, Al-Qouzah, Lebanon.He is the CO of GH/87 and takes over from CO GH/86, Lt Col Abass Atuluk.The outgoing CO, DGN Online military sources say, congratulated the incoming CO and encouraged him to continue from where they left off.He was confident that the incoming CO and his troop will work diligently to raise the flag of Ghana high.The CO GH/86 used the occasion to advice the GH/87 troop to stay safe and abide by all C...
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