GEAGEA MEETS FRENCH AMBASSADOR

Lebanese Forces’ leader, Samir Geagea, met, at his Maarab residence on Wednesday, with French Ambassador to Lebanon, HervĂ© Magro, accompanied by political consultants Quentin Jeantet and Romain Calvary.

Talks reportedly touched on the developments in…


Lebanese Forces’ leader, Samir Geagea, met, at his Maarab residence on Wednesday, with French Ambassador to Lebanon, HervĂ© Magro, accompanied by political consultants Quentin Jeantet and Romain Calvary.

Talks reportedly touched on the developments in Lebanon and the broader region, especially the war in Gaza and the escalation in south Lebanon. Conferees also tackled the president election file.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

‘FIGHTERS FOR PEACE’ EXTENDS INVITATION TO MAKARY TO PARTAKE IN ‘GREEN LINE TOUR’ ON LEBANESE WAR ANNIVERSARY

Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makary, received, at his ministry office on Wednesday, a delegation of “Fighters For Peace” organization, who extended their host with an invitation to participate in the “Green Line Tour” marking the Lebanese W…


Caretaker Minister of Information, Ziad Makary, received, at his ministry office on Wednesday, a delegation of “Fighters For Peace” organization, who extended their host with an invitation to participate in the “Green Line Tour” marking the Lebanese War on forthcoming April 15.

During the meeting, conferees discussed the organization’s peace-related projects.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

ADWAN MEETS US AMBASSADOR

Head of the House Committee of Administration and Justice, MP George Adwan, met on Wednesday with US Ambassador to Lebanon, Lisa Johnson.

The pair stressed the necessity of implementing the international resolutions, namely Resolution 1701.

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Head of the House Committee of Administration and Justice, MP George Adwan, met on Wednesday with US Ambassador to Lebanon, Lisa Johnson.

The pair stressed the necessity of implementing the international resolutions, namely Resolution 1701.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

UNITED STATES PROVIDES MORE THAN $67 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN LEBANON

The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $67 million in additional urgently needed humanitarian assistance for vulnerable populations in Lebanon. This brings the total…


The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $67 million in additional urgently needed humanitarian assistance for vulnerable populations in Lebanon. This brings the total USAID humanitarian assistance to Lebanon to over $157 million since Fiscal Year 2023.

Lebanon’s protracted economic, financial, and humanitarian crises have led lead to acute levels of food insecurity and critical healthcare needs nationwide. These needs arise from highly inflated prices for food, fuel, and basic commodities; loss of livelihoods; and the departure of medical personnel. The regional impact of the ongoing crisis in Gaza has further exacerbated humanitarian needs in Lebanon. Insecurity in southern Lebanon has prompted USAID partners to mobilize existing resources to meet urgent humanitarian assistance needs among the more than 91,000 individuals who have been internally displaced since October 2023.

This newly announced funding enables USAID huma
nitarian partners to continue providing life-saving aid, including emergency food assistance and nutritional support; emergency health care; humanitarian protection and psychosocial support; and water, sanitation, and hygiene services. This additional humanitarian assistance enables our partner, the UN World Food Program (WFP), to maintain monthly food assistance to vulnerable communities in Lebanon during a period of dwindling resources and persistent needs among the most vulnerable. This funding has allowed WFP to sustain the flow of vital assistance for several months, reaching over 500,000 individuals, of whom over 200,000 are Lebanese citizens. With this assistance, USAID partners — International Medical Corps and Relief International — will also continue to support more than 141,000 individuals through 13 primary health care clinics across Lebanon and provide home-based healthcare for patients unable to access clinics.

The United States remains committed to delivering critical humanitarian assistance
to those in need across Lebanon. However, escalating needs are outpacing the resources available to address them. While USAID support has been instrumental in saving lives and alleviating suffering among the most vulnerable, including by providing more than $202 million to WFP for food assistance to vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugees in 2022 and 2023 alone, humanitarian conditions will continue to deteriorate. Subsequently, relief agencies’ ability to sustain current recipient caseloads will continue to decline without additional funding.

We therefore urgently call on other donors to join us in stepping up efforts to meet these pressing needs and prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Lebanon.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

TENENTI: UNIFIL PEACEKEEPERS’ ACTIVITIES PERSIST DESPITE INCREASED TENSIONS

UNIFIL reiterated on Wednesday that the UN peacekeepers are continuing their work on the ground to de-escalate tension.

‘Despite increased tensions, our dedicated peacekeepers persist on the ground,’ UNIFIL Spokesperson Andrea Tenenti said in remarks…


UNIFIL reiterated on Wednesday that the UN peacekeepers are continuing their work on the ground to de-escalate tension.

‘Despite increased tensions, our dedicated peacekeepers persist on the ground,’ UNIFIL Spokesperson Andrea Tenenti said in remarks to the National News Agency (NNA).

‘We continue to carry out our activities, including patrols, and our essential work with the parties to de-escalate and reduce tension in the area,’ Tenenti confirmed.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

UKRAINIAN EMBASSY IN BEIRUT COMMEMORATES VICTIMS OF RUSSIAN AGGRESSION IN BUCHA

The following is a statement issued by the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut:

‘Two years ago, the Defense Forces of Ukraine won their first significant victory over the Russian invader, forcing him to flee Kyiv and northern Ukraine in general. The heroic d…


The following is a statement issued by the Ukrainian Embassy in Beirut:

‘Two years ago, the Defense Forces of Ukraine won their first significant victory over the Russian invader, forcing him to flee Kyiv and northern Ukraine in general. The heroic defense of Kyiv, the frantic resistance of the local population and the unexpected training of the Ukrainian military for the Russians led to a month of fierce fighting on the approaches to Kyiv. Having suffered a defeat, the enemy retreated from the Kyiv region, and already on April 2, the region was cleared of Russian troops.

It was thanks to the victory in the Kyiv region that the world was exposed to the truth about Russian war crimes, which led to mass murders of peaceful citizens, destruction of civilian objects and infrastructure. The Russians, who did not expect such a strong resistance from the Ukrainians, spared neither men, nor women, nor children.

Numerous war crimes were recorded in the liberated territories: marauding, torture, violence, and murder
. During the occupation, 1,370 residents of Kyiv region died, including 37 children, 714 civilians were tortured, and 514 citizens are still missing.

In Bucha, the Russians carried out a real genocide of Ukrainians; everything that happened in the city is now called the “Buchan Massacre”. Ukrainian defenders, who entered the city, discovered many bodies of civilians with traces of torture and rape. In total, in the Buchan district, during the 33 days of occupation, the Russian military committed more than 9,000 war crimes, and the city of Bucha, once a blooming garden, turned into a veritable hell.

The genocide committed by the Russian occupiers in Bucha is an example of how reality can be more terrifying than any horror movie. The consequences of this tragedy will reverberate for decades. At the same time, every crime has a person who committed it – such people have names and are subject to prosecution at the International Criminal Court. The duty of the world is to do everything so that those guilty of th
ese crimes suffer a just punishment.’

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon