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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 5, 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.


ISIS commander killed in Qalamoun

The Qalamoun commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, Abu al-Hasan al-Falastini, was killed during clashes with the Syrian army.

Al-Falastini had led the attack against Lebanese Army positions in Arsal after the arrest of Nusra Front official Imad Jomaa.


Muslim Scholars come under fire in Arsal

Sheikh Adnan Amama, who was accompanying the Muslim Scholar Committee delegation, told An-Nahar that the convoy that attempted to enter Arsal was made of five vehicles and an ambulance.

Amama said that when the convoy arrived at the last Lebanese Army checkpoint at the entrance to Arsal, the delegation decided that only one car with four people in it would enter. Rafei and Halabi were among them.

“About 10 minutes after they had entered, we were surprised to hear gunfire from an unknown source and we lost contact with the occupants of the vehicle,” he said. “Then we received a phone call from Sheikh Rafei in which he informed us that he had been slightly wounded in the arm and that Dr. Nabil al-Halabi was also slightly wounded.”


Fatfat: Takfirism exists among Hezbollah through Wilayat al-Faqih

Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat called for U.N. intervention to protect Lebanon in its fight against terrorism in Arsal.

He said the Syrian war had only spilled over into Lebanon after Hezbollah intervention in Syria.

“Takfirism already exists among Hezbollah through Wilayat al-Faqih,” Fatfat told Al-Joumhouria.





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