The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham conducted two major bombings on Shia mosques in the Arabian Peninsula on May 22nd through its affiliates in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
ISIS claimed responsibility for an IED explosion that injured at least 13 Shia worshippers during Friday prayers in the al Sayyah Mosque in Sana’a, Yemen.
ISIS also claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on the Shia Imam Ali mosque in al-Qadeeh in the Shi’a Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. This latter attack killed at least 20 individuals and wounded dozens more.
In statements circulated by ISIS’s supporters on Twitter after the attacks, ISIS reportedly asserted that it would “expel all the unbelievers from the Arabian Peninsula.”
BEIRUT: As the cavernous exhibition hall at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center was fitted out for a concert, a dozen singers held a cappella rehearsal on stage.
The group’s origins are unusual – it was founded by doctors. Heartbeat, a Lebanese NGO that raises money to treat children with congenital heart defects, is preparing to hold its 10th anniversary concert. Born of a band of musically talented doctors, its annual concerts have funded lifesaving surgery for more than 2,000 affected children.
The condition is highly prevalent, and if left untreated, fatal.
A delegation from the March 14 alliance lawmakers will visit the Maronite church seat on Tuesday to express resentment over the lingering presidential vacuum.
Al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported Friday that the delegation will meet with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi to denounce the ongoing vacuum.
The lawmakers will demand the end of the presidential stalemate, stress the importance of ending the political status quo and the swift election of a new head of state.
President Michel Suleiman's term ended in May last year without the election of a successor as the ongoing disputes between the rival March 8 and 14 camps have thwarted the polls.
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform and Hizbullah's Loyalty to the Resistance blocs have been boycotting the elections, demanding that political powers agree on a compromise presidential candidate.
BEIRUT: A meeting between Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun on the divisive issue of security appointments concluded without a breakthrough, sources close to the FPM said Thursday.
Speaking to The Daily Star, sources said Machnouk informed Aoun that he would put forward the names of three officers for the position of Internal Security Forces chief at next Thursday’s Cabinet session.
One of the three names is reportedly Col. Samir Chehade, the head of the ISF branch in south Lebanon.
If the Cabinet is unable to reach a consensus on any of the three, Machnouk proposed extending the term of Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Basbous, the current ISF chief, for six months. Basbous is currently scheduled to retire on June 5.
BEIRUT: Seven residents from Hasnieh are in stable condition Friday at Rahal Hospital in the northern Akkar province after eating spoiled meat.
The state-run National News Agency said all seven residents were admitted to the hospital late Thursday because of high fever, diarrhea and vomiting after eating meat they had bought from a local butcher.
NNA said eight Akkar butchers were still in custody over selling tainted meat.
The latest cases bring the total number of people who had suffered food poisoning within the last week to 70, according to NNA.
BEIRUT: The International Support Group for Lebanon expressed Tuesday their commitment to the stability of Lebanon in the face of the ongoing crisis in Syria, reiterating the need for the country to elect a president. “The Group expressed concern over the vacuum in the presidency of the Republic as it continues to seriously undermine Lebanon’s ability to address the security, economic and social challenges facing the country,” read a statement issued by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag on behalf of the group.
The statement came after members of the ISGL – a group formed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and then-President Michel Sleiman in 2013 to help Lebanon cope with the Syrian crisis – met with Prime-Minister Tammam Salam.
The spokesperson of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has said there was no direct contact with the court on efforts to refer to it the file of former Minister Michel Samaha, adding the issue required an agreement between the Lebanese government and the United Nations.
“I cannot comment on the statements made by politicians or officials,” Wajed Ramadan told As Safir daily published on Wednesday.
Her remarks came in response to a question on Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi's statements that he was working on transferring the terrorism case of Samaha to the STL.
There have been claims that the explosives which Samaha had transferred to Lebanon were similar to bombs used in murders and assassination attempts after the Feb. 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Last week, the military court sentenced Samaha to four-and-a-half years in jail over terrorism charges, including the time he served since August 2012.
BEIRUT: Three irrigation ponds in the Jbeil village of Aqoura burst Wednesday, causing heavy flooding in the area.
A security source told The Daily Star the floods swamped vast areas, causing damage to crops and property and rendering many roads inaccessible.
The man-made reservoirs - which were built by local residents Mansour Wehbeh, Sabah Hashem and Salim Hashem - are among seven storage reservoirs in Aqoura that are used for irrigation and livestock watering.
The source said the ponds were constructed in violation of the law since the area is prone to landslides.