Hundreds of Palestinian refugees staged a protest at the northern camp of Nahr al-Bared on Monday to oppose the government’s decision to delay the camp’s reconstruction. Protesters raised banners and called the Lebanese government, Palestinian factions and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to expedite the process of reconstruction. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) also protected the delay saying the refugees of Nahr al-Bared were shocked to hear about the slow-down of reconstruction. “This shows that someone is standing in the way of our people’s interests and covering their actions with false excuses” the DFLP said. It has been reported that the delay could be due to the discovery of Roman ruins underneath the camp site, which was reduced to rubble in 2007 following clashes between the Lebanese Army and the Al-Qaeda inspired Fatah al-Islam militant group.
Former security services officer Brigadier General Adib al-Aalam was charged with espionage along with his wife Hayat Saloumi and nephew Joseph Semaan al-Aalam — also a security official.
The three are accused of informing Israel about Lebanese and Syrian military and civilian sites “with the aim of facilitating Israeli attacks,” a judicial official said on Thursday.
A fourth suspect, Nicolas Assad Habib, remains at large, added the official, who requested anonymity.
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Thirty Israelis wounded during the Second Lebanon War from rockets fired by Hizbullah have filed an unprecedented lawsuit against the North Korean government, the prosecution announced Friday.
The complainants in the 100-million-dollar case, also filed against Hizbullah, said that North Korea supported the Shi’ite terrorist organization by providing it with training and territory on which to store the Katyusha rockets used against Israeli citizens.
It marks the first time victims of Hizbullah attacks are taking legal action against North Korean leadership.
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This is the first time the militant group has acknowledged Shehab was a member, although media reports in November linked him to the group. “What he [Shehab] really did was a kind of logistic work to help Palestinian brothers in transporting men and equipment for the resistance inside Palestine,” Nasrallah said.
During a live television address, Nasrallah denied accusations that Hezbollah is trying to harm Egyptian security or is planning attacks on Egyptian targets, saying such claims “are meant to sully the image of Hezbollah among the Egyptian people.”
“I fully reject and deny all charges that Hezbollah was intending to launch an act of aggression in Egypt or at any part of the world,” Nasrallah said on al-Manar Television.
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Nasrallah said the aim of these accusation is to “agitate the Egyptian people and to defame Hezbollah’s pure and bright image.
“Such accusations aim to only please the Americans and Israelis for the Egyptian regime has failed by all means,” he said, and declared it was a “duty for Hezbollah” to help the Palestinians.
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“If helping the Palestinians is a crime, I officially admit to my crime … and if it is an accusation, we are proud of it. Everybody knows that this is not the first time Hezbollah has tried to furnish arms to the Palestinians,” he said.Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Beirut, said” “Hezbollah has never denied that it supports the resistance in Gaza.
“It sees it as a duty for all Arab countries to support Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups in Gaza in order to resist Israeli occupation. For Hezbollah, it would not be a shameful thing to smuggle money and weapons to Gaza.”
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The Israeli army confirmed on Thursday a decision to maintain military over flights in Lebanon’s airspace in violation of Security Council Resolution 1701. The Lebanese Army said that on Wednesday at least 16 Israeli planes staged reconnaissance flights across Lebanon for more than an hour.
“I was the target of an assassination attempt by terrorists using automatic rifles and antitank weapons that had been made in the United States and shipped to Israel,” he wrote. “Weapons financed and given by the United States to Israel were used in an attempt to kill an American diplomat!” After the event, conspiracy theories abounded in the Middle East about who could have planned the attack, and why. Lebanon was a dangerously factionalized country.
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An explosion targeting a Fatah member’s home rocked the southern Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh early Monday morning, causing material damage. The blast occurred at 1 a.m. outside Fatah member Salah Joumaa home and destroyed his front door. The attack was followed by a brief shootout, but patrols were conducted in the camp in order to prevent any further escalation.
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Assad underlined the need for continued resistance, a reference to anti-Israeli militant groups like the Palestinian Hamas, which Damascus supports.
“Resistance is a national and patriotic and moral duty and it is the only option,” he said. “Peace cannot be achieved with an enemy who does not believe in peace without it being imposed on him by resistance.”
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From his hospital room in the Marjayoun Public Hospital, 10-year-old Mohammad Jamal Abdel- Aal says he will not forgive nor forget Israel for ripping off his limbs. Abdel-Aal’s left leg and right hand got amputated on Sunday after a cluster bomb, left over from the summer 2006 war with Israel, exploded while he was playing in one of the fields near his home in the southern town of Hilta.
“I am not able to play anymore,” Abdel-Aal told The Daily Star on Sunday.
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Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah blasted on Friday attempts by some political quarters to pardon criminals who collaborated with the Israelis during the occupation of south Lebanon. Speaking in his Friday sermon at the Imam Hassanayn Mosque, Fadlallah said it is shameful that some deputies occasionally try to free criminals, collaborators and outlaws. The scholar was alluding to a proposal by some lawmakers to introduce an amnesty law that would pardon some of the Lebanese who were convicted of certain crimes. These MPs argue that Taif Accord has pardoned all the crimes that were committed before 1991. Fadlallah said that amnesty in Lebanon has become part of the political game based on sectarian and confessional considerations. He accused some politicians of raising sensitive issues during the elections. “The problem in Lebanon is that collaboration has reached the levels of political leaders,” Fadlallah said. He also commented on Israeli efforts to change the demographic composition of Occupied Jerusalem, criticizing the silence of the international community.