Lebanon’s parliament approves Arms Trade Treaty

In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Media Office, Lebanese lawmakers attend a legislative session, at the Lebanese parliament building, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP)
Updated 25 September 2018
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Lebanon’s parliament approves Arms Trade Treaty

  • Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out of the parliament Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons of the resistance”
  • The 2014 treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms and prevent illicit trade

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s parliament has ratified the international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.
The 2014 treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms and prevent illicit trade. Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out of the parliament Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons of the resistance.”
After Lebanon’s 15-year civil war ended in 1990, Hezbollah was allowed to keep its weapons since it was fighting Israeli forces occupying parts of southern Lebanon.
Hezbollah today has a massive arsenal including tens of thousands of rockets and missiles. The group sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to fight along President Bashar Assad’s forces.
Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri said after the treaty was approved that it has nothing to do with Hezbollah’s weapons.


Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

The effort aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. (SPA)
Updated 17 min 17 sec ago
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Relief trucks sent to Yemen’s storm-affected areas

  • The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

JEDDAH: King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSRelief) sent three trucks loaded with supplies to Yemen’s Al-Mahrah governate through the Al-Wadiah border crossing. 

The convoy carried 75 tons of basic foodstuffs to help the victims of the storm “Laban.”

This assistance comes as part of the 286 projects in various fields provided by KSRelief equally to all the Yemeni provinces.

It aims to alleviate the suffering of hundreds of Yemeni families affected by the tropical storm. The storm hit on Sunday the coastal parts of Al-Mahrah causing heavy rainfalls accompanied by strong winds.  The city of Al-Ghaydah suffered the most from these conditions that caused widespread damage that affected the services and roads networks in addition to hundreds of houses.