The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Government outside Arsal cease-fire negotiations
The government is still outside the framework of an initiative launched by the Committee of Muslim Scholars to mediate a 24-hour cease-fire between the Lebanese Army and militants in Arsal.
Efforts under way to release six captive soldiers today
Governmental sources told Al-Mustaqbal that efforts were under way Wednesday to secure the release of six Lebanese soldiers held captive by Islamist militants in Arsal as part of a humanitarian truce sponsored by the Committee of Muslim Scholars and reached in the past few hours.
Open letter to Saad Hariri: Your comeback via Arsal is necessary to protect Lebanon
Because of the magnitude of the danger, the confrontation shouldn’t be a classic one, and certainly not purely military, with all respect for the sacrifices made by the Army in the battle of Arsal.
What Lebanon primarily needs is a political umbrella, which, if available, would serve as the most important "hardware” of the Army.
Faced with this crossroad, all eyes are turned toward former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who seems to have a historic opportunity to prove his national capabilities. And under these circumstances a flight between Riyadh to Beirut would only take a couple of hours.
Yes ... What if Hariri returned to Beirut immediately?