“If you’re reading this .. Congratulations, you’re alive. If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is”, maybe that could summarize the situation in Lebanon these days or at least what every person on lebanon is feeling.
But apart from that, it is always nice to look for some positive moment, or a bit of “hope moments” that appears maybe in the darkest days.
Lebanese soldiers mourn at the coffin of their comrade Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a roadside bomb near the border town of Arsal, during his funeral in Sidon. Two Lebanese soldiers were killed by the roadside bomb on Friday near the border town of Arsal, security sources said, the first such attack since Islamist militants from Syria staged an incursion there last month in the worst spillover to date of the Syrian civil war into Lebanon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
The dried cracked bed of the Qaraoun artificial lake is seen in West Bekaa. Unusually warm weather and low rain levels in Lebanon this year has caused the unusual drying of the Litani river that feeds the Qaraoun artificial lake, residents said. A solitary bridge stands defiantly, many rocks dislodged, its pillars stained by two centuries of the river’s trials. The bridge across the Litani was built in 1800 by priests who wanted to link territories owned by the nearby Ayn al Jawz monastery in the Western Bekaa and the east of the valley that were separated by the waterway. (Mohamed Azakir / REUTERS)
Palestinian scouts play the bagpipes during a march to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. (Sharif Karim / REUTERS/)
Women hold pictures of relatives who went missing during Lebanon’s civil war, which took place from 1975 to 1990, during a protest demanding the government publish any information they have on those who went missing, in front of the government palace in Beirut. An estimated 17,000 Lebanese went missing during the 1975-1990 war, a government source said on Thursday. The words on the picture on the right read, “Till when? The Lebanese detained in Syrian prisons”. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
Bikers park their motorcycles during the Beirut Bike Festival, Beirut. Over 1,000 motorcycling enthusiasts took part in the festival on Sunday, an event organizers say promotes safe and legal motorcycling habits in Lebanon. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)
A man wearing a vest full of badges stands next to motorcycles during the Beirut Bike Festival in Beirut. Over 1,000 motorcycling enthusiasts took part in the festival, an event organisers say promotes safe and legal motorcycling habits in Lebanon. (Alia Haju / REUTERS)
Slovenian KTM stunt rider Rok Bagoros performs on his motorcycle in front of a Lebanese TV reporter before giving her a kiss on his bike during the Beirut Bike Festival, at Beirut waterfront, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
Delegation members from Lebanon enter the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium during the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (Lee Jin-man / AP)
Flag bearer of Lebanon Elias Nacig leads the team into the Opening Ceremony of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon. (Issei Kato / REUTERS)
A Syrian refugee student writes on the board in her classroom, at a Lebanese public school where only Syrian students attend classes in the afternoon, in Kaitaa village in north Lebanon. A report by the Britain-based “Save the Children” says that nearly three million Syrian children are not attending school due to the war raging in their country.(Hussein Malla / AP)
Lebanese Army soldiers carry parts of an Israeli drone in the Marjeyoun countryside, south Lebanon. The Lebanese Army found the MK drone that fell in the Marjeyoun countryside near the Lebanese-Israeli border. The Israel Defence Forces confirmed that the unmanned aerial vehicle was from Israel, according to Israeli media. (Karamallha Daher / REUTERS)
A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint controlled by Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon outside the village of Khraibeh in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, a region that has experienced increased violence in the spillover from Syria’s civil war next door. (AFP)
Families of the kidnapped Lebanese soldiers blocked the Dahr al-Baydar road, where they burned tires and set up a tent, adding that they might even “escalate their acts in a manner that could possibly jeopardize their lives”. (Husam Shbaro / Almustaqbal)
Lebanon bid farewell to prominent Shiite scholar Sayyed Hani Fahs in a grand funeral Friday that was attended by the country’s top officials and a high-profile Palestinian delegation. Fahs’ coffin, that was cover with the Lebanese and Palestinian flag, was transported in the morning from Beirut to his southern hometown Jibsheet, where he was laid to rest. (Nabil Ismail)