This week, Lebanon was witnessing a turning point of its scene. The battle that the Lebanese army went into against the cleric Ahmad al-Assir, along with the different tries to impose peace in different Lebanese territories from Tripoli to Beirut to Saida and other places.
And beside all the negative feelings that we had after the death of several militants, Lebanon had a date also with amazing fireworks of Jouniyeh, and the election of “Miss Lebanon in France” A.K.A. “Lebanese beauty queen of France” and the protest of Downtown Beirut against the extension of Lebanese parliament members, also known as “لا_للتمديد”
The Ambassador of the European Union to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst holding a mentally handicapped child in her arms, in a refugee camp in Alman, near Sidon. (afp)
The residence of Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in Majdelyoun-Saida was attacked during the recent events in Abra- Saida. Reports said that gunmen related to Hezbollah were stationed on a hill close to the Palace of Hariri, where bullets penetrated the glass door of the living room, where MP Bahia Hariri usually sits. (Raafat Naim/ Almustaqbal)
Regeni Khishajian was crowned as Lebanese beauty queen of France, Celine Chaktoorah the first runner-up, Sarah Sayegh second runner-up. An event that was organised by the national council of the Lebanese cultural union in the world.
The Lebanese Army pushed for a decisive conclusion to the threat posed by the radical Salafist preacher Ahmad al-Assir, after at least 10 soldiers and two gunmen loyal to the anti-Hezbollah sheikh were killed in clashes in a suburb of the southern city of Sidon.
A supporter of Option Gathering party offers white roses to the Lebanese soldiers standing in front of the Iranian embassy during a protest in Bir Hasan. (Hasan Shaaban/The Daily Star)
At least four soldiers and two gunmen loyal to anti-Hezbollah Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir were killed Sunday in clashes in Abra, east of the southern city of Sidon. (Mohammed Zaatari / The daily star)
A man passes in front of an army convoy patrolling the streets in Beirut. (Hasan Shaaban/The Daily Star)
Protesters holding a horn marching against the extension of the mandate of the Lebanese parliament. (Al-akhbar)
Lebanese civil society protesters chant slogans and hold banners outside the parliament in the capital Beirut against the extension of the mandate of the Lebanese parliament. (Bilal Jawish / Anadolu Agency)
Lebanese riot police beat up civil society protesters near the Parliament in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon’s parliament on May 29 extended its term by a year and a half, skipping scheduled elections because of the country’s deteriorating security linked to the civil war next door in Syria. (Bilal Hussein/AP)
Sunni Muslim gunmen roam the streets and block roads with burning tires, expressing their solidarity with Salafist leader Ahmad al-Assir in Tripoli, northern Lebanon. At least three Lebanese soldiers were killed in the coastal city of Sidon on Sunday in clashes with followers of a Sunni Islamist cleric who is a fierce critic of Hezbollah’s military intervention in neighboring Syria, a security official said. Sources in the city said the fighting broke out when a follower of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir was arrested at an army roadblock in Sidon, 40 km (28 miles) south of Beirut. (Omar Ibrahim/REUTERS)
The statue of the lady of Lebanon witnessing the fireworks lighting up Jounieh’s coast line during the opening of Jounieh International Festival (Jounieh International Festival)