Lebanon today: Tuesday April 30 Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today:

Lebanese cabinet begins discussing austerity budget

lebanese cabinet meeting baabdaLebanon’s finance minister says the government has started open-ended discussions to quickly approve the country’s draft austerity budget. Lebanon’s economy is suffering from slow growth, a high budget deficit and massive debt.

Ali Hassan Khalil told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Tuesday that the government aims to reduce the percentage of the budget deficit compared with the gross domestic product.

 

Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas begin forming before dawn. Taxi drivers are crossing the border to Lebanon to stock up on fuel — and then doubling their rates. Drivers can be seen pulling over because their gas tanks are empty.
Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas begin forming before dawn. Taxi drivers are crossing the border to Lebanon to stock up on fuel — and then doubling their rates. Drivers can be seen pulling over because their gas tanks are empty.

Fuel smuggling  from Lebanon to Syria is on the rise

Syria’s fuel crisis has opened the door for Lebanese exports of this vital commodity, either legally or through smuggling from uncontrolled crossings.

While some Syrian traders import gasoline from Lebanon at a rate of one million liters per day to cover a quarter of the daily consumption, about 100,000 liters are smuggled daily, passing through Al-Masnaa border crossing, without any supervision or control, according to the head of gas stations owners’ syndicate, Sami Braks.jumblatt 030315

In June last year, then-Minister of State for Anti-Corruption Affairs Nicolas Tueni announced that his ministry “had been informed by reliable sources of the smuggling of quantities of gasoline from Syria into Lebanon, which amounted to around one million liters a day.”

The Shebaa farms have deep implications on Lebanon

The declaration by Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt regarding sovereignty over the Shebaa Farms caused a turmoil in Lebanese politics, and the reason has more to do with the timing of his statement than with its content.

The Shebaa Farms have been the subject of considerable controversy since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. It was not clear at the time to the mandatory powers, France and Britain, whether the 14 farms located at the foot of Mount Hermon belonged to Syria or to Lebanon. Topographic maps and documents said that they were Syrian territory, while the residents owed allegiance and paid taxes to the Lebanese government.

 

  • Hind Abyad

    False, Assad said Shebaa Farms were Lebanese. Israel say they are Syrian it started the the trouble in Syria before Assad signed the document.

    • Arzna

      You are correct Assad said Shebaa are Lebanese but when the UN pressed him to provide the supporting documents he refused and also refused to demarcate borders with Lebanon. Jumblatt is raising the issue because liberating Shebaa was the only reason given by Syria for allowing Hezbollah to keep its arms when all the militias in Lebanon were disarmed following the end of the civil war

      • Hind Abyad

        French colonial interference’s complicated mistake I have the article if you care to read. Here’s what happened at the end, all American Ambassadors to Arab countries and Lebanon are Jewish work for Israel in name of US.

        Peter Ford was US Ambassador to Syria in 2011 (previously to Iraq), after Syria, Libya, all destroyed.

        Deduct who killed Rafik Hariri.

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        • Arzna

          Regardless who owns it it is a huge liability for Lebanon , since it is officially the only reason Hezbollah can keep its arms and as long as Hezbollah can keep its arms and act as it pleases in Lebanon there is no Lebanon. Unfortunately we have become a colony of Iran and Hezbollah is executing Iran’s policy in Lebanon

          • Hind Abyad

            I understand, but you put the horse behind the carriage.
            Hezbollah was born after Israel invasion of Lebanon in 1982 during
            15 years.

            Hamas was created by Sharon Mossad in 1983, during the same invasion.

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          • Arzna

            But today is not April 18 and this is irrelevant to the Shebaa Farms issue and the 2 should not be confused .
            It is true Hezbollah was created by the Quds force of the Iranian guards following the 1982 invasion of Lebanon , but Israel pulled out of Lebanon in 2000 and yet Hezbollah is still around

          • Hind Abyad

            “Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, November 2002, pages 20-21
            Israel Created Two of Its Own Worst Enemies—Hamas and Hezbollah

            The decade of the1980s saw the emergence of two of Israel’s most militant Islamic foes, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the occupied territories. Hamas is responsible for many of the bloody suicide bombings which continue to terrorize Israel today. Ironically, both groups came into existence in large part because of unintended consequences of Israel’s actions.”

            HEZBOLLAH

            “Hezbollah in Lebanon was the other group Israeli aggression unintentionally spawned. It was Hezbollah fighters who harassed Israeli troops as they finally withdrew from Lebanon in humiliation in 2000. After 22 debilitating years of occupation, Israel had scheduled an orderly withdrawal for early July. But pressure from Hezbollah guerrillas forced an abrupt pullout on May 24.

            Reported The New York Times: “As a honking convoy of newly captured Israeli tanks [by Hezbollah guerrillas] headed to Bint Jbail [in southern Lebanon], Israeli helicopters began buzzing overhead. Soon they were bombarding some of their own abandoned posts. They also released heat bombs to deflect fire, and their aerial raids briefly
            delayed [Hezbollah’s] sweep through the countryside.”

            The occupation had been costly to Israel, both in lives lost and in harmful unintended consequences. More than 1,550 of its soldiers had been killed since Israel’s full-scale invasion of Lebanon in 1982.”

          • Hind Abyad

            I’m not in the Lebanese Parliament.

          • Niemals

            UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Lebanese government to prevent Hezbollah and other groups from owning weapons in a report issued by the UN on Friday.
            http://www.arabnews.com/node/1492071/middle-east

        • Y K

          “Deduct who killed Rafik Hariri”

          The Jooz, who else? I bet the f#ckers were jealous of his s€xy moustache!

        • MaryTPresumptuous

          I am pretty sure Assad Sabra, Hassan Issa, Salim Ayachhe and Moustaf Badredine are not Jewish …

          https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jun/30/lebanon-indicts-hezbollah-hariri-car-bomb

  • Y K

    Lebanon’s (nominal) Christians have lost their whole country. And yet they still get all worked up over some non-existent “farms” the Jooz stole from them. 🙂

  • Hind Abyad

    Wasn’t the Holocaust the reason Zionist Mafia were given Palestine?

    ‘Let Us Die at Home in Peace’: Israel Plans to Evict Dozens of Holocaust Survivors

    Governmental lease ends in August, but the Immigrant Absorption Ministry hasn’t found alternative housing for the elderly men and women, who say they ‘will not agree to leave’ ■

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-let-us-die-at-home-in-peace-israel-to-evict-dozens-of-holocaust-survivors-1.7192567

  • Hind Abyad