Lebanon’s grand mufti calls for protesters’ demands to be met

A student wears a Lebanese flag at a demonstration near Zouk Power Station, during ongoing anti-government protests in Zouk, north of Beirut, Lebanon November 7, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 09 November 2019

Lebanon’s grand mufti calls for protesters’ demands to be met

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s grand mufti, the top cleric for Sunni Muslims, called on Saturday for those in power to meet protesters’ demands of ending corruption and sectarianism.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian also said the time had come for the prompt formation of a national emergency government of experts, in a televised address on the occasion of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
The country is in political turmoil after a wave of protests that prompted the resignation of Saad Al-Hariri as prime minister last week.


Israel says it has completed Gaza strikes after rocket fire

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Israel says it has completed Gaza strikes after rocket fire

JERUSALEM: Israel says it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce.
The military statement early on Friday indicates that Israel is willing to abide by the cease-fire if there are no additional rocket attacks.
The statement says Israel struck a military compound, a rocket-manufacturing site and a militant headquarters in the town of Khan Younis.
The airstrikes came after a barrage of rockets late Thursday. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side.
It’s unclear whether the fighting would continue. The unofficial cease-fire that began early Thursday ended a two-day escalation triggered by Israel’s targeted killing of an Islamic Jihad commander.
The fighting killed 34 Palestinians, including 16 civilians.