Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)
Friday, November 17, 2023
The Lebanese Islamic Resistance announced that it has targeted a gathering of Israeli occupation soldiers near the Al-Tayhat Triangle, confirming direct hits.
A number of rockets have been fired by the Hezbollah terror group from Lebanon at Israeli army positions on the border, close to the northern communities of Malkia and Menara.
The Israeli army early Friday struck missiles on several locations near the Syrian capital Damascus, the Syrian SANA news agency reported.
The US Department of Defense on Thursday said its military bases in Iraq and Syria were attacked 58 times since Oct. 17.
Israeli warplanes and artillery bombed Friday the outskirts of the Lebanese border towns of al-Jebbayn, al-Labbouneh, Aitaroun, Yarine, Dhaira, Mays al-Jabal, Blida Houla, Tayr Harfa, Aita al-Shaab, Rab Tlatine, al-Taybe, Rmeish, and Wadi Mozlem.
Israel had shelled overnight with heavy and flare shells al-Naqoura, Blida, al-Khiam, Borj al-Moulouk, Kfarshouba, and Kfarhamam.
Hezbollah for its part targeted a group of Israeli soldiers near al-Taihat and other groups of soldiers near al-Marj post, the Ramim Barracks, al-Dhaira, and Yir'on, "inflicting casualties." It also targeted the Malkia post.
There are currently three candidates for the army chief post but one of them has the highest chances, a media report said on Friday.
“His appointment has been settled in principle and he enjoys the acceptance of all political parties and has close ties to foreign forces,” the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper quoted informed sources as saying.
“A meeting was held Wednesday evening between parties concerned with the file and an agreement was reached on naming an army commander instead of postponing the retirement of the incumbent chief,” the daily added, citing “credible reports.”
“The candidate has been informed of the decision and he has met with (Speaker Nabih) Berri and a number of officials, who put him in the picture of their deliberations,” the newspaper said.
The candidate was also “one of the military figures who were visited by a U.S. delegation that discussed the situation of the military institution,” Nidaa al-Watan added.
Al-Akhbar newspaper meanwhile said that the Free Patriotic Movement has three candidate for the army chief post: Intelligence Directorate chief Tony Qahwaji, Elie Akl and Maroun Qbayati.
Damascus, SANA- The army air defenses repelled an Israeli missile attack that targeted a number of points in the surroundings of Damascus.
Beirut, SANA- The Israeli enemy targeted on Friday the towns of Naqoura and Aita al-Shaab and their neighboring areas in southern Lebanon.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
BEIRUT — Lebanon's caretaker Minister of the Environment, Nasser Yassin, claimed on Thursday that "774 hectares of land, including 296 hectares of forest" were incinerated this summer as temperatures rose, before the Israeli army began on Oct. 8 to drop phosphorus bombs in southern Lebanon. The attacks by Israel are responsible for numerous forest fires, according to remarks reported by state-run National News Agency (NNA).
BEIRUT: An emergency meeting by the Lebanese caretaker Cabinet on Thursday failed to extend the term of Lebanese Armed Forces Commander Joseph Aoun, whose mandate ends in 55 days.
Aoun is also a possible presidential candidate.
A fresh political statement is expected to be released as the military situation remains tense on Lebanon’s southern border with Israel.
Hezbollah has targeted Israeli sites, including the Misgav Am, Bayad Blida, Metula, Asi, and Harmon areas, as well as the Yiftah barracks.
The group also targeted an Israeli ground force gathering on Karantina hill near the Hadab Yaron site with “appropriate weapons and achieved direct hits.”
Israeli forces responded with aerial bombardment of Lebanese border villages, towns, plains and forests using phosphorus missiles.
Druze leader Walid Jumblat on Thursday defended Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi after he was attacked on social media by pro-Hezbollah journalists and activists.
“We condemn any domestic inflammatory remarks, especially against Patriarch al-Rahi, during this extraordinarily dangerous period in the history of Lebanon and the region,” Jumblat said in a post on the X platform, formerly Twitter.
“Internal unity is above any consideration,” he added.
Al-Rahi had on Wednesday said: “Our people in the South are leaving their homes and this means further poverty, that’s why we have asked our parishioners to offer sums of money and to present Sundays’ trays (of donations) to our people who are coming from the southern towns.”
Since October 8, thousands of residents have fled the southern border towns amid daily clashes between Israel and Hezbollah against the backdrop of the war in Gaza.
Al-Rahi’s remarks infuriated some pro-Hezbollah activists, including al-Manar reporter Ali Shoaib and al-Mayadeen reporter Ali Murtada, who launched vehement attacks and insults against al-Rahi on their social media accounts.
Israeli warplanes and artillery bombed Thursday morning several border towns including al-Khiyam, al-Naqoura, al-Labbouneh, Aita al-Shaab, and Marjeyoun's plain, in strikes described as preemtive.
Israel later shelled Kfarkela, Ramia, Odeisseh, Markaba, Beit Leef, Dhaira, Alma al-Shaab, Houla, Mays al-Jabal, Mhaibib, Aitaroun and other border towns after Hezbollah targeted several Israeli posts including al-Assi, Miskav Am, al-Marj, al-Bayyad, Metulla, and the Yiftah barracks.
The Israeli army said its fighter jets attacked Hezbollah military positions and a fighter who was operating in Lebanese territory near Shlomi.
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Hizbullah, İsrail elektronik ekipmanını bombalama savaşına yeniden başladı. İsrail ordusu ise bunları onarmaya ve sınır bölgelerine yerleştirmeye çalışıyor. Elektronik ekipmanların bulunduğu direkleri kaldırmaya çalışan vinçler hedef alınırken sınır bölgesindeki gerilim ise artıyor. Meclis Başkanı Nebih Berri, ‘bölgede İsrail savaşının ateşini körüklemenin tehlikeleri’ uyarısında bulundu.
‘Scorched earth policy’: Will Lebanon be compensated for Israel’s environmental crimes? - L'Orient Today
Since Oct. 15, a week after the start of clashes between Hezbollah and Israel on the southern border, the Israeli Army has burned Lebanese forests, olive groves and other agricultural land, often with white phosphorus bombs. This military practice has been described as a "scorched earth policy" by caretaker Minister of Environment Nasser Yassin. Last week, Yassin announced Lebanon's intention to "lodge a documented complaint" against the attacks, which are prohibited by international law and have already destroyed 4.6 million m2 of woodland, 20 hectares of olive groves and 20 hectares of century-old olive groves (some 40,000 olive trees).
Lübnan Kamu Güvenliği eski Genel Müdürü Tümgeneral Abbas İbrahim, yaralı Filistinlilerin tedavi için Mısır'a götürülmesi ve Gazze Şeridi'ne insani yardım girişi karşılığında yabancıların Gazze'den çıkarılmasına ilişkin anlaşmada ‘mütevazı bir rol’ oynadığını açıkladı.
Lübnan ile İsrail arasındaki güney cephesi karşılıklı gerilime tanık oluyor. Hizbullah, İsrail ordusunun onarmaya ve sınır bölgelerine yerleştirmeye çalıştığı elektronik ekipmanları bombalamaya devam etti. Hizbullah, elektronik ekipmanların bulunduğu sütunları kaldırmaya çalışan vinçleri hedef aldı. Bu durum Lübnan Meclis Başkanı Nebih Berri’yi “İsrail savaşının yangınlarının bölgede yayılmasının tehlikelerine” karşı uyarıda bulunmaya itti.
MARJAYOUN, Lebanon: From his office overlooking the border with Israel, Dr. Mounes Klakesh can hear the thump of artillery rounds and air strikes landing on nearby Lebanese towns. The increasing frequency of those strikes has the staff of his small hospital on edge.
Suggestions that the lull in clashes between Hezbollah and the Israeli army was linked to meetings between UNIFIL’s mission head Maj. Gen. Aroldo Lazaro Saenz and Lebanese political leaders on Tuesday were rejected by one source, who told Arab News: “This matter has nothing to do with what is happening on the ground. The southern front moves in line with field developments in the Gaza Strip.”