Israel says it thwarts Iran-linked Hezbollah infiltration attempt

An Israeli soldier runs to direct an armoured personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, on May 10. (AFP) July 27, 2020 The Israeli military on Monday said it thwarted an infiltration attempt by Hezbollah militants — setting off one of the heaviest exchanges of fire along the volatile Israel-Lebanon [...]

By |July 27th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

All passengers on Iranian plane exited, only minor injuries: Beirut airport head

A general view of the Beirut airport. (Getty) July 23, 2020 All passengers exited an Iranian plane that landed in Beirut after a fighter jet approached it over Syrian airspace on Thursday, Beirut airport head Fadi Hassan told Reuters. He said there were only minor injuries. The pilot of the Iranian passenger plane [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Lebanon|

Iran state TV: Iranian passenger plane ‘harassed’ over Syria

A plane from the Iranian private airline, Mahan Air. (AP) July 23, 2020 An Iranian passenger plane flying from Tehran to Beirut on Thursday was “harassed” by Israeli fighter jets, Iranian state TV reported, saying the plane managed to safely land in the Lebanese capital. There was no immediate comment from Israel or [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Israel reinforces Lebanon border after Iran-linked Hezbollah threats

Israeli soldiers block the road on the border with Lebanon in the northern town of Metula, December 4, 2018. (AP) July 23, 2020 The Israeli military said Thursday it was reinforcing the country’s northern border with infantry troops “in accordance with the situational assessment.” The announcement comes after a strike earlier this week [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon|

US to put ‘severe economic pressure’ on Iran-backed Hezbollah

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, August 20, 2016. (AFP) July 23, 2020 The United States will put “severe economic pressure” on Iran-backed Hezbollah, a spokesperson for the US State Department said, urging other countries to do the same. Morgan Ortagus said the US [...]

By |July 23rd, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|

How Lebanon’s fate is linked to US-Iran showdown

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah is seen on a video screen as he addresses his supporters during a ceremony in Beirut, Sep 30, 2017. (Reuters) By Osama Al-Sharif July 22, 2020 Lebanon’s economy is in freefall and the chances of the government of Hassan Diab being able to strike a last-minute deal with the [...]

By |July 22nd, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Lebanon and its Hezbollah follow Iran, hoping for a Chinese rescue

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addresses supporters via video screen during a rally in southern Lebanon, February 10, 2018. (Reuters) July 17, 2020 While beating on the drums of war for years by Lebanon's Hezbollah has driven major foreign investors out of Lebanon, the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah has called for turning to China [...]

By |July 17th, 2020|East Asia, Lebanon|

Tensions continue to rise between US and Hezbollah

A Hezbollah supporter chants slogans, as he holds a picture of the late Iran leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (R) in Beirut, Jan 7, 2020. (AP) July 11, 2020 The fallout from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warning that Washington will do all it can to prevent [...]

By |July 11th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Lebanon not planning to negotiate with Iran on fuel imports

Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah said, “calm discussion” was underway with the government over the idea of Lebanon buying refined products from Iran. (AP) July 9, 2020 Lebanon currently has no plan to negotiate with Iran for the import of fuel, energy minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday, after the leader of the Tehran-backed Hezbollah [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Lebanon|

Pompeo pledges to stop Iran oil exports to Hezbollah

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, May 23, 2018. (Reuters) July 9, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Washington would stop possible Iranian oil exports to its ally Hezbollah in Lebanon. “We’ll do everything we can to make sure that Iran cannot continue to sell crude oil anywhere, including to Hezbollah [...]

By |July 9th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|