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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 1, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

Al-Hayat

Information about moving the clashes from the hills to Syrian territory

Yesterday, two rockets fell on the periphery of Hermel in the Ras al-Mal area near the spring, without causing any casualties or material damage. Some information said the source of the two rockets was the Syrian village of Qusair. Twenty-four hours before that, two other rockets had fallen near Hermel, causing merely material damage, and the National News Agency said they were fired from the Eastern Mountain Range.

Sources up to date with the military operations in the Lebanese-Syrian hills said the Syrian opposition forces had achieved progress in Flita, the Syrian village bordering Arsal, after regime forces and Hezbollah had controlled it a while ago. The sources said the battles were now fought near the village’s houses, and not in its fields. Also, according to the sources, the Syrian opposition forces advanced toward Qusair from east Homs, performing many operations against the Syrian army there. The sources said the two rockets were most likely a result of the field changes in the area.

Al-Liwaa

Opposition takes back Flita surrounding, deaths among Hezbollah

On the field, Masar Press said that a number of Hezbollah combatants were killed yesterday in the Qalamoun hills in the Damascus countryside, by an armed ambush of the Free Syrian Army. The source said that the Syrian opposition fighters took control of many regime bases near Flita in Qalamoun and killed nine soldiers.

An-Nahar

Ansar Al-Shariah announces control over Benghazi, and foreigners leave Libya scared of the unknown

[Lebanese Ambassador to Libya] Skeina to An-Nahar: Lebanese not targeted

Ansar Al-Shariah extremist group announced its control over Benghazi. A source in The Shoura Council of Benghazi’s Rebels, an umbrella to different groups including Ansar Al-Shariah, said: “We have become the only field force in Benghazi.”

Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Skeina told An-Nahar Thursday night that the Lebanese in Libya were not targeted, but they live and work in areas were military conflict was being waged between factions fighting over power. He said that the Libyans were defending the Lebanese as much as they were protecting themselves and their families. He said the Lebanese Embassy had documents of 270-300 families, with approximately 1,500 members spread around Libya but especially settled in Benghazi.

As-Safir

Jumblatt to As-Safir: Sunni grounds shaking and ISIS ideology coming

“The speeches of Sheikh Saad Hariri and our friend Fouad [Siniora] in the iftars joining the elite of the Lebanese society are important,” Jumblatt told As-Safir in an interview published Friday. “But the Sunni base is in a completely different place.”

Jumblatt said “Israel is now moving from the right [wing] to the extreme right, and the next Prime Minister will be worse than Benyamin Netanyahu, because the Israeli society is heading toward absolute right wing.

Preparing to visit Egypt, Jumblatt condemned the Arab position “closed on Gaza,” saying that the Palestinian cause should be a pressure tool for Egypt. “Hamas is Palestine before being Hamas,” Jumblatt said, stressing that Egypt should make benefit of the movement because it is above the [internal] conflict with the Muslim Brotherhood.

 

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Summary

Sources up to date with the military operations in the Lebanese-Syrian hills said the Syrian opposition forces had achieved progress in Flita, the Syrian village bordering Arsal, after regime forces and Hezbollah had controlled it a while ago. The sources said the battles were now fought near the village's houses, and not in its fields. Also, according to the sources, the Syrian opposition forces advanced toward Qusair from east Homs, performing many operations against the Syrian army there.

The source said that the Syrian opposition fighters took control of many regime bases near Flita in Qalamoun and killed nine soldiers.

Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Skeina told An-Nahar Thursday night that the Lebanese in Libya were not targeted, but they live and work in areas were military conflict was being waged between factions fighting over power.


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