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Al-Rai Calls on the Lebanese Army to Control Borders

BEIRUT, (ST)_Maronite Patriarch Beshara Butrous al-Rai called on the Lebanese army and security forces to control the border and  prevent arms smuggling across it so as  to maintain  security and stability in Lebanon .

In a pre-departure statement on Monday for a European tour, al-Rai  added : "There is  someone trying to violate  the security of the country through smuggling weapons so that our only guarantee in Lebanon to ward off this danger is the army and all security and military  forces."

"Lebanon bears beyond its  capacity and we hope everyone to respect this land and this country 's  security ,safety and people ,"  the patriarch added, expressing  hope to form the  new government quickly to satisfy  all Lebanese and have them  represented without exception.


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Occupation Forces Close Karam Abu Salem Crossing in Gaza

Israeli occupation forces  closed Monday Karam Abu Salem Crossing, Gaza’s sole commercial crossing located southeast of Rafah, said an official.

Head of coordinating committee in charge of entry of goods in Gaza Raed fatooh told WAFA “Israel informed us that the crossing will be closed today under flimsy pretexts.”

The crossing will be closed to the movement of goods, aid, and fuel entering Gaza.

To be noted, Karam Abu Salem is the only commercial crossing in Gaza, through which goods, humanitarian aids and fuel are entered to the people of the Gaza Strip.



Groups Discuss occupation forces Violation with Europeans

Journalists and human rights groups Monday discussed with members of the Middle East committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) the prisoners issue, human rights violations and the status of Palestinian journalists.

During the meeting, which was held at the Legislative Council in Ramallah, the Palestinian delegation briefed PACE members on the prisoners issue and the need to highlight their worsening conditions.

Sahar Francis, director of the Prisoners Support and Human rights Association ‘Addameer’, said that the prisoners’ issue must be emphasized in future negotiations and “prisoners should be released as a sign of good will.”

Al-Haq director, Shawan Jabarin, called for a re-evaluation of the status quo and insisted that the European Union must ban settlement products from entering European markets and pressure Israel to change its policies.

Palestinian journalists briefed PACE on Israeli violation of their right for free movement and access to information.

They spoke of Israel’s policy of targeting journalists and the most recent arrest of cartoonist Muhammad Sabaaneh. They highlighted as well imprisonment of Palestinian Legislative Council members.

PACE members informed the attendees that they are currently drafting a report on the topic of administrative detention.


Saudi Terrorist Arrested in Yemen

An al-Qaeda-linked Saudi terrorist was arrested in Yemen's Southern province of Abin after heavy armed clashes.

According to a report by al-Tagheer news agency, the Saudi terrorist who is a member of Ansar al-Sharia' group, an al-Qaeda branch in Yemen, was arrested after armed clashes near the city of Zanjebar.

The report quoted a source at Yemen's pro-army popular tribal committees as saying that the committees' forces attacked a farm near Zanjebar and clashed with 6 al-Qaeda elements and finally arrested the Saudi terrorist.

Another Saudi terrorist leader was also killed in Yemen earlier this year. Top Al-Qaeda terrorist Said Ali al-Shihri was the terrorist organization's No. 2 in the area. Shihri, a Saudi national, had been wounded in a raid by the local army and died a few days later,according to FNA.


New Clashes Erupt at Egypt's Qalioubiya Church, One Killed

CAIRO- One person was killed and 14 injured in clashes between protesters and police forces at Mar Girgis Church in Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, late Sunday, Ahram Online website said.

The Egyptian health ministry announced Monday that one person was killed by gunshot and was transferred to the Al-Khanka Hospital morgue. The identity of the deceased has yet to be revealed.

Fourteen were injured in the clashes in the Qalioubiya town of Al-Khasous and were taken to hospitals for treatment. 

The clashes in Qalioubiya coincided with an attack by unknown assailants on a funeral at Cairo's main Coptic Cathedral, Abbasiya district, for four people that had been killed in earlier clashes in Al-Khosous.

Violence at the funeral resulted in two deaths and at least 90 injuries.

Clashes in Qalioubiya, north of Cairo, have now subsided, according to the website.

Hundreds of mourners were attending the funeral in the Cairo cathedral for four victims who were killed in violence in Al-Khosous in the early hours of Saturday.