Here are the top stories for Lebanon today:
About 300,000 Saudi visitors are expect to travel to Lebanon this year after the kingdom lifted a 15-month-old travel warning in February, the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari said Thursday during a visit to the Tripoli home of journalist Badih Karhani, according to Central News Agency.
Mysterious death of Houthi Interior minister in Lebanon
The Houthis announced the death of Interior Minister Major General Abdel Hakim Maori in mysterious circumstances at a hospital in Lebanon.
The Houthis claimed that Maori died of a terminal illness, but according to sources he has been injured in a coalition airstrike , and was transferred by UN to Lebanon fr treatment. The chairman of the Supreme Political Council of Houthis, Mahdi al-MuShatt, sent a cable of condolences in which he announced the death of Maori. The Iranian backed Houthis have very close ties with Hezbollah.
Nasrallah warns of a war with Israel in which Hezbollah’s top leadership will be killed
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah warned top military commanders in a private meeting this week that there will be a war with Israel this summer and that he may not be around to support them, according to Elijah J. Magnier, a writer for the Kuwaiti Al Rai news. Nasrallah reportedly said that he expects the war to take everybody by surprise, like the 2006 Lebanon War.
But Hezbollah denied the report calling it a “fabrication of the writer’s imagination,” according to Lebanon 24 news and An Nahar daily