Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 3, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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.


Power rationing ‘terrorism’ hits Lebanese

Livelihood challenges are no less important and serious than security threats facing Lebanon.

A dry and dark summer is in the cards for Lebanese, which requires an urgent government response to face the drought and the darkness.

The average rationing in Beirut’s southern suburbs is between 10-12 hours, and in most cities of south and east Lebanon it is between 12-14 hours, while in some areas of the north and northern Bekaa power cuts reach 20 hours a day.

The water situation is no better off than the drought and has begun affecting a lot of areas and villages, with the scarcity of rivers and wells due to poor rainfall this year. Water tankers are already causing traffic jams along many streets.


Government divided over Damascus talks

An-Nahar has learned that the issue of Syrian refugees will be put on the table during a Cabinet meeting Thursday as Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi is expected to comment on remarks made by Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul-Karim Ali following talks with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

Ali had rejected a Lebanese proposal to set up refugee camps along the border between the two countries.

The Syrian refugee crisis has triggered a split in government with those who support political contacts with Damascus and those who oppose talks with the Syrian regime.


More arrests tied to “preventive security” ... Beirut security plan gradually implemented

"Preventive security" measures against terror cells reached Tariq Al-Jadideh Wednesday where the Lebanese Army carried out a series of raids and arrested a man with “suspected links to terrorist organizations pending investigations with him to confirm or dismiss the charges,” a military source told Al-Mustaqbal.


International momentum switched off ... focus turned to terrorism

Al-Joumhouria has learned that the presidential election crisis is not a priority for the world powers at present.

Lebanese-international coordination is now focused on fighting terrorism.





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