Au­thor­i­ties ar­rest son of sus­pected Daesh emir

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - LEBANON -

SIDON, Le­banon: The son of a lo­cal sus­pected Daesh (ISIS) emir was ar­rested Tues­day near the Pales­tinian refugee camp of Ain al-Hil­weh in south­ern Le­banon, a se­cu­rity source told The Daily Star. Yahya Imad Yassin, the son of Imad Yassin, was ar­rested dur­ing an op­er­a­tion car­ried out by Le­banese Army In­tel­li­gence in the Taamir neigh­bor­hood, lo­cated be­tween the camp entrance and an Army check­point. Imad Yassin was sus­pected of be­ing the lo­cal Daesh emir in Ain al-Hil­weh and al­legedly planned to carry out at­tacks across Le­banon be­fore he was ar­rested by Army Special Forces in Septem­ber. –

Lead­ers of­fer con­do­lences over Iran, Iraq earth­quake

BEIRUT: Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun Tues­day of­fered his con­do­lences to Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani and Iraqi Pres­i­dent Fuad Ma­sum for the deadly earth­quake that struck on the Iran-Iraq bor­der Sun­day. Aoun’s sym­pa­thies were re­layed via the pres­i­dency’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count. Speaker Nabih Berri had ear­lier of­fered con­do­lences to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei in a phone call, a state­ment from the speaker’s me­dia of­fice re­ported. Berri sent two ca­bles ex­press­ing sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments to Rouhani and the Iran Par­lia­ment’s Speaker Ali Lar­i­jani. He also tele­phoned Iraqi’s Shi­ite scholar Grand Ay­a­tol­lah Ali al-Sis­tani to ex­press his sor­row re­gard­ing the Iraqi vic­tims. Berri sent ad­di­tional ca­bles to Ma­sum, Prime Min­is­ter Haider al-Abadi and Speaker Salim al-Jubouri. Progressive So­cial­ist Party chief MP Walid Jum­blatt also of­fered his con­do­lences to Khamenei and Rouhani in sep­a­rate phone calls. –

State se­cu­rity ar­rests ter­ror sus­pect

BEIRUT: State Se­cu­rity Tues­day ar­rested a man sus­pected of hav­ing ter­ror­ist links, a state­ment from the agency said. The sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Syr­ian na­tional Mo­ham­mad Q., was ar­rested in Zahle’s Saad­nayel, the state­ment re­ported. Mo­ham­mad Q. al­legedly ad­mit­ted to fight­ing against the Army in Ar­sal along­side a group con­nected to Jab­hat Fatah al-Sham, the ex­trem­ist group pre­vi­ously known as the Nusra Front. The de­tainee was re­ferred to the mil­i­tary ju­di­ciary, the state­ment said. Twin of­fen­sives this sum­mer by the Army and Hezbol­lah drove mil­i­tants be­long­ing to Daesh (ISIS) and Jab­hat Fatah al-Sham from the out­skirts of the north­east­ern towns of Ar­sal, Ras Baal­beck and Al-Qaa. –

Cit­i­zens Within a State group calls for re­form

BEIRUT: A sec­u­lar civil so­ci­ety group in­tend­ing to run in Le­banon’s 2018 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions called for re­form Tues­day amid the “hu­mil­i­at­ing” cri­sis pre­cip­i­tated by Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion. Cit­i­zens Within a State said in a state­ment that the res­ig­na­tion ex­posed the “fragility” of Le­banon’s po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, de­pend­ing as it does on “re­li­gious and tribal af­fil­i­a­tions that in­volve nei­ther the ci­ti­zen nor the state.” In order to deal with Le­banon’s cycli­cal crises, the group “de­clared on be­half of all cit­i­zens who ad­here to the prin­ci­ple of a civil state” that those in gov­ern­ment po­si­tions should hold only Le­banese na­tion­al­ity. The state­ment sin­gled out Hariri, who holds both Le­banese and Saudi na­tion­al­ity. The group also said that the use of sec­tar­ian and re­li­gious lan­guage in po­lit­i­cal dis­course con­sti­tuted an at­tack on the le­git­i­macy of the state and “the unity of so­ci­ety,” and called for a shift in the Le­banese econ­omy away from its re­liance on re­mit­tances that “de­stroy na­tional sovereignty.” –

UNRWA head pays trib­ute to agency achieve­ments

BEIRUT: Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral of UNRWA Pierre Kra­hen­buhl has paid trib­ute to the agency for build­ing “one of the most suc­cess­ful” hu­man de­vel­op­ment in­sti­tu­tions in the Mid­dle East and mak­ing an “in­dis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man dig­nity, to the pur­suit of hu­man rights and re­gional sta­bil­ity.” Speak­ing in Jor­dan, Kra­hen­buhl said that across 711 schools, UNRWA “was equip­ping the next gen­er­a­tion – well over half a mil­lion chil­dren – with skills for life,” adding that refugee girls were “among the best per­form­ers.” He said that the agency had “in­tro­duced the con­cept of the fam­ily doc­tor in its 143 health clin­ics across the re­gion” and that in Gaza, UNRWA had over­seen the con­struc­tion of shel­ters for over 85,000 fam­i­lies since Is­rael’s deadly as­sault on the be­sieged coastal en­clave in 2014. How­ever, he warned that the or­ga­ni­za­tion faced a bud­get short­fall of some $77 mil­lion for the rest of the year. –

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