31 July, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 08/16/2012
MIDDLE EAST
Five Arab countries advise citizens to leave Lebanon for fear of "pro-Syrian" violence
Yesterday road to airport occupied by Shiites after (false) reports of the killing of 11 pilgrims. Air France diverts a flight from Beirut to Cyprus. Shiite clans kidnapp Syrians, a Turk and a Saudi linked to the Free Syrian Army in retaliation for capture of a group of Lebanese Shiites by Syrian opposition.

Beirut (AsiaNews) - Five countries of the Arabian Peninsula - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait - one after the other, have issued warnings to their nationals to leave Lebanon for fear of potential threats related to the Syrian conflict.

The proximity to the Syrian border and the close bonds between Lebanon's Shiite community and the Alawites in Syria is creating a lot of tension in the country of the cedars, with the political class divided on its stance toward its neighbor, whose army occupied Lebanon for nearly 30 years.

Yesterday several Lebanese reported news of the death of 11 pilgrims in an air raid in the town of Azaz, near Aleppo. The report - later proved false - pushed hundreds of people in the southern suburbs (inhabited mostly by Shiites) to block the road to the airport, which is located nearby (see photo). This in turn forced an Air France flight to Beirut, to divert and land in Cyprus "as a precautionary measure".

In all these months of conflict, dozens of Syrians have been kidnapped in Lebanon. At the same time, many Lebanese in Syria have been kidnapped. Among these, ten taken by rebels during clashes on the border between Syria and Turkey. The rebels accuse the captured Lebanese of being members of the 1500 Hezbollah army that arrived in Syria to support Bashar al-Assad. In retaliation, clan Shiites in Lebanon kidnapped 20 people, accused of being in contact with the Free Syrian Army, the army of deserters fighting against the dictatorship in Damascus. Among them are also some Syrians, a Turkish businessman and a Saudi. Shiites clans have threatened new kidnappings. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Emirates are all lined up against Assad and providing financial and military support to the opposition. Hence the decision to push their citizens to leave Lebanon.

Beirut, the Lebanese coast and the mountains have for decades been a tourist destination for the countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Their warning, in addition to causing economic problems in Lebanon shows that the Syrian conflict is spreading throughout the region.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
07/06/2005 LEBANON
Aoun's refusal to join Lebanon's new government complicates its formation
by Youssef Hourany
04/20/2012 SYRIA
Syria's ceasefire "very fragile"
10/31/2013 SYRIA
As OPCW destroys chemical plants, Assad insists only Syrians can "decide on Syria's future"
07/14/2008 ISRAEL - PALESTINE - EU
Israel and Palestine, Lebanon and Syria, “never so close”
07/10/2007 SYRIA – LEBANON
Signs of progress and reconciliation in Lebanon, says Amr Moussa

Editor's choices
VATICAN
"Stop! I am asking you with all my heart. Stop!" says pope as he speaks out on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine He mentions children, victims of war, "from whom we take away the hope for a decent life," urging the parties to address "every diatribe with the tenacity of dialogue and negotiation and the power of reconciliation". As tomorrow marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, "a day of mourning," we should learn the lessons of history. The Gospel makes us know the true Jesus, the living Jesus, who speaks to the heart and is a life changer as he was for Saint Francis of Assisi. "The joy of finding the treasure of the Kingdom of God comes through, can be seen. Christians cannot hide their faith."
IRAQ - VATICAN
Saddened by "the timidity of the civilised world," Baghdad patriarch's heart bleeding "for the innocent in Iraq, Syria and Gaza" "Forget us not!" says Mar Louis Sako in a message to Card Barbarin on the occasion of the march of solidarity with Iraqi Christians, held today in Lyon.
VATICAN
Pope: I am with the persecuted Christians of Mosul and the Middle East "May the God of peace inspire in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is never defeated with violence. Violence is defeated with peace." At the Sunday Angelus Francis comments on the parable of the wheat and the weeds. God is "patient" He knows "the same weeds in the end, may become good wheat". But "at the time of the harvest, that is, of judgment, the reapers will execute the order of the master separating the weeds to be burned".

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.