Lebanon

Palestinians in Lebanon protest crackdown on unlicensed workers

Hundreds of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon protested in the capital Beirut and around their refugee camps against the government’s crackdown on businesses hiring foreign workers without permits. Demonstrators on Tuesday also demanded the Lebanese ministry of labour overturn a rule that requires Palestinian workers to obtain a work permit in order to gain employment. Last month, the ministry announced a one-month deadline for companies ...

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Warming waters see a concerning increase in lionfish off Lebanon’s sea

Warming waters have seen a concerning increase in lionfish off the coast of Lebanon. The venomous predator fish have drastically depleted the population of native species in the Mediterranean. “It’s like genocide,” says fisherman Atallah Siblini. “Now it is like 30 to 50 of them in one place. They started to scare away the other fish including sea bass which ...

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Hanane Hajj Ali’s ‘Jogging’ takes Lebanon’s ‘unspoken stories’ and runs with them

Hanane Hajj Ali has two coping mechanisms for life: jogging and theatre. The first staves off osteoporosis and depression, but it also brings her into close contact with Beirut, the city that has put the actress, writer and activist through 30 years of war. Pounding the streets every morning, Ali observes the “savage transformation of Beirut” and confronts her complicated relationship ...

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Former Lebanon PM in Riyadh – Saudi will support Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will “extend a hand of support to Lebanon”, Lebanese former Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Monday after meeting Saudi King Salman. The king “stressed the necessity of preserving Lebanon and soon there will be Saudi steps towards the Lebanese state,” Mikati told Lebanon’s LBC TV from Riyadh.

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PALESTINIANS CONDEMN CRACKDOWN ON ‘ILLEGAL WORKERS’ IN LEBANON

Palestinians on Monday denounced a campaign by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor against illegal foreign workers in the country. Residents of Al-Rashidiya refugee camp in southern Lebanon burned tires and blocked the entrances to the camp to protest the crackdown on illegal foreign workers. The protesters announced they will not allow Lebanese goods to enter Al-Rashidiya. The campaign earlier is ...

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Arab envoys express support for Lebanon, say it is stable

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Culture Minister Mohamed Daoud toured the city of Aley accompanied by several Arab ambassadors. The visit, aimed at promoting tourism in the region, included UAE Ambassador Hamad Saeed Al-Shamsi, Algeria’s Ambassador Ahmed Bouziane, Mohammed Karin (Morocco), Karim Boudali (Tunisia), Ambassador Nazih Al-Najari (Egypt), Badr bin Mohammad Al-Mantheri (Oman) and the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy, Majed Abu ...

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Crackdown on thousands of Syrian refugees with illegal jobs in Lebanon

BEIRUT: Inspectors from the Lebanese Ministry of Labor carried out raids on shops, factories and establishments employing illegal foreign labor, especially Syrian workers across the country on Wednesday. The ministry has given employers a month to regularize the situation of their foreign workers. Lebanon hosts 938,531 Syrian refugees registered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and they are not allowed ...

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Lebanon PM: US sanctions won’t affect government

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions targeting Hezbollah MPs moved in a “new direction” from existing measures, but would not affect government work. The sanctions against two Hezbollah MPs and one of the Shi’ite Muslim movement’s top security officials widen a U.S. campaign that Washington says has designated 50 Hezbollah-linked individuals and ...

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Lebanese president regrets US sanctions on Hezbollah lawmakers

Lebanon regrets the US imposition of sanctions on two Hezbollah members in the Lebanese parliament and will pursue the matter with American authorities, President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday. The United States announced new sanctions against the two lawmakers from the Hezbollah movement on Tuesday, as well as on one of the group’s top security officials, drawing expressions of concern from Lebanese ...

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Lebanon’s President Receives House Speaker at Baabda Palace

The Lebanese President Micel Aoun received Monday House Speaker Nabih Berri at Baabda palace, discussing with him the latest developments. Media reports mentioned that Berri is keen on finding a solution for the matter and that besides his meeting with Aoun, he has been convening with other officials and political parties at his residence in Ain Al-Tineh for the same ...

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