Lebanon
Beirut blast investigation
Controversy over Beirut blasts probe escalates

The investigation into the August 2020 blasts, which killed over 200 people and injured thousands, has become a point of contention after controversial judge Tarek Bitar said he was resuming proceedings. Lebanon’s Chief Prosecutor Ghassan Oweidat has filed charges against Bitar

Iranian oil to Lebanon
Hezbollah claims the US is preventing Iranian oil supply to Lebanon, leaving millions to suffer

Iran had offered free fuel to crisis-hit Lebanon to address shortages that have affected almost all economic activities in the country. Most of Lebanon is able to get just two hours of electricity each day due to the severe shortage

Lebanon cholera outbreak
Cholera outbreak a warning to strengthen health and WASH standards in Lebanon

As the number of new cholera cases in Lebanon stagnates, health workers and activists call for the outbreak to be taken as a warning to increase preparedness ahead of future flare ups

Michael Aoun Lebanon
Lebanese political parties fail to elect a new president as Michael Aoun’s term expires

Aoun’s departure leaves Lebanon without a formal head of state at a time when the country has been embroiled in an unprecedented economic and political crisis for the last three years

Cholera outbreak spreads rapidly in Lebanon

Lebanon struggles with its first cholera outbreak since 1993, as poverty, poor living conditions, and a weak health system put thousands of people at risk

Lebanon-Israel maritime dispute
Lebanon and Israel set to resolve dispute over Mediterranean gas field

Hezbollah has however cautioned that the deal does not mean any formal links with Israel, and warned its supporters to be vigilant against the Zionist enemy “who can change their mind anytime”

Bank shutdowns, gas field disputes and governance vacuum: Lebanon’s multidimensional crisis

Rania Khalek of BreakThrough News explains the escalating economic crisis in Lebanon marked by bank runs by desperate account holders, crumbling amenities such as electricity and telecom, and declining purchasing power

Victims of Beirut port blast still await justice

It’s been two years since the blast in Beirut when highly flammable cargo which was in a warehouse for over six years exploded. Experts blame government negligence for the blast

Lebanon-Israel dispute over off-shore gas fields veers into dangerous waters

Rania Khalek of BreakThrough News talks about the escalating tensions on the issue of off-shore gas fields which Lebanon and Israel claim and the dangerous contribution of US ‘mediation’

Lebanon-Israel dipute over Karish
Hezbollah warns Israel against extraction from the disputed Karish gas field

The warning comes days after Israeli forces shot down three drones launched by Hezbollah towards the Karish gas field, 80 kilometers off the coast of Haifa, allegedly on a reconnaissance mission

Israeli gas exploration in Lebanon
Lebanon warns Israel against violations of its maritime borders

Lebanon claims that Israeli digging in the disputed Karish gas field is a violation of its exclusive economic zone and a “provocative and hostile act”

Lebanon elections
Preliminary results in Lebanon put Hezbollah and allies in lead but short of majority

A key highlight of these elections has been the emergence of parties like Towards Change which claim to represent the protesters who took to the streets in 2019. They seat count may be in the double digits, giving them a key role in government formation