Lebanon Daily News 8/5/2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021


Israel Conducts Airstrikes in Southern Lebanon
After rockets were fired yesterday from Lebanon toward Israel, the Israeli military responded today with airstrikes. The Israeli military said the airstrikes hit the rocket launch sites in southern Lebanon. [AP] Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has asked caretaker Foreign Minister Zeina Akar to submit “an urgent complaint” to the UN Security Council following Israel’s escalation in aggression. [Naharnet]

United States to Give Additional Aid to Lebanon
Yesterday President Joe Biden announced that the United States will give close to $100 million in additional humanitarian aid to Lebanon. [Reuters] The aid is in addition to $560 million in aid given over the past two years. [The 961]

International Aid Conference Raises $370 Million for Lebanon
An international aid conference co-hosted by France and the UN raised $370 million for Lebanon yesterday, $20 million above their target. Of the $370 million, $118 million comes from France alone. The aid will be sent directly to the Lebanese people. [The 961]

PM-Designate Miqati Continues Government Formation Talks
Prime Minister-designate Nijab Miqati held his fifth meeting with President Michel Aoun today in effort to form a new government. Miqati viewed the meeting as a “positive step forward”. A sixth meeting will be held tomorrow to further discuss the cabinet line-up. [Naharnet]

1 Year After Beirut Explosion, Lebanon Still in Crisis


Atlantic Council
Hezbollah Blames Lebanon’s Economic Collapse on the United States
David Daoud

In a new Atlantic Council issue brief, “Hezbollah Blames Lebanon’s Economic Collapse on the United States” Atlantic Council nonresident fellow David Daoud shines a light on Hezbollah’s propaganda campaign, which builds off the group’s longstanding anti-American narratives aimed at convincing the Lebanese people—or at least Hezbollah supporters—that the United States is deliberately orchestrating Lebanon’s collapse, and is, therefore, the party against which they should direct their anger.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the American Task Force on Lebanon, a non-profit, nonpartisan leadership organization of Lebanese-Americans.