War with Israel would be disastrous to economically stricken Lebanon

BEIRUT — Wages for Lebanon’s soldiers have fallen so low that many now have second jobs driving for Uber or working as parking valets. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support the country’s emergency response services. Angry depositors in Beirut have attacked the headquarters of a major bank with fireworks because it wouldn’t release … Read more

Only US can force Middle East peace and should pressure Israel: Lebanon minister

Lebanon’s foreign minister called on the U.S. to pressure Israel and bring an end to its bloody war with Palestinian militant group Hamas, which has now entered its fifth month. Speaking to CNBC on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Abdallah Bou Habib stressed that establishing a pathway to peace was essential, and that … Read more

Israeli jets hit Lebanon in heaviest strike since Gaza war began

BEIRUT — Israel on Wednesday launched its longest and heaviest attack on neighboring Lebanon since the start of the Gaza war, striking several locations in the south, killing at least one Hezbollah fighter and three civilians, and raising further the specter of war between the two long-standing enemies. Israeli fighter jets began “an extensive wave … Read more

Israel and Lebanon are prepping for a war neither wants, but many fear it’s becoming inevitable

BEIRUT (AP) — The prospect of a full-scale war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia terrifies people on both sides of the border, but some see it as an inevitable fallout from Israel’s ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza. Such a war could be the most destructive either side has ever experienced. Israel and Hezbollah … Read more

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon watch Israel-Hamas Gaza war with horror

BURJ-AL-BARAJNEH, Lebanon — At 84 years old, Amsha Haj Sleiman is blind in one eye and struggles to walk. But she still remembers fleeing as a young girl from her village in historic Palestine. “We walked so much, through the lands,” as Israeli forces advanced some 75 years ago, she recalled this month. “I remember … Read more

Strike kills Hezbollah fighter, civilian in Lebanon, amid seeming Israeli shift to targeted killings

SIDON, Lebanon — An Israeli airstrike hit two vehicles near a Lebanese army checkpoint in south Lebanon on Sunday, killing a Hezbollah member in one car and a woman in the other and wounding several other people, Lebanese state media and health officials reported. The strike appeared to be part of a shift in Israeli … Read more

Lebanon airport screens display anti-Hezbollah message after being hacked

BEIRUT — The information display screens at Beirut’s international airport were hacked by domestic anti-Hezbollah groups Sunday, as clashes between the Lebanese militant group and the Israeli military continue to intensify along the border. Departure and arrival information was replaced by a message accusing the Hezbollah group of putting Lebanon at risk of an all-out … Read more

Israel’s talk of expanding war to Lebanon alarms U.S.

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave ISTANBUL — President Biden has dispatched his top aides to the Middle East with a critical objective: Prevent a full-blown war from erupting between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Israel has made clear it views as untenable the regular exchange of fire between its forces … Read more

Live updates | Hamas loses a leader in Lebanon but holds on in Gaza

Israel appears far from achieving its goals of crushing Hamas and freeing an estimated 129 hostages still held in Gaza nearly three months after the group’s surprise cross-border attack and the Israeli government’s declaration of war. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says several thousand Hamas fighters remain in northern Gaza, where entire neighborhoods have been … Read more

Iran blasts and Red Sea attacks stoke fears of a wider Middle East war

Iranians hold portraits of slain top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani during the commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of his killing in the Iranian capital Tehran on January 3, 2024. Atta Kenare | Afp | Getty Images Deadly blasts that killed at least 84 people in southern Iran has added to growing international concerns about the … Read more