TTM Contributor 12
December 1, 2015
Negotiations between the Nusra Front and the Lebanese Government led to the release of 16 Lebanese servicemen. Lebanese soldiers and policemen were captured by al-Nusra Front jihadists during the battle of Arsal in August 2014. Since then their parents and relatives camped out in Downtown Beirut, demanding their release.
Two explosions ripped through the Bourj al-Barajneh, a Hezbollah stronghold in the southern suburbs of Lebanon's capital, Beirut. Two suicide bombers walking through the Bourj al-Barajneh area detonated their explosive vests. A third one was killed by the second explosion before he could detonate himself. The blasts, which were staggered by approximately five minutes, took place meters apart in a very crowded market. The Lebanese Ministry of Health issued a statement saying that 43 people died and more than 239 were wounded in the attack. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack minutes after the bombing.
The Lebanese capital Beirut was once known as the Paris of the Middle East before the outbreak of the 1975-1990 Lebanese Civil War. Residents from more conservative countries of the Arab world flocked into the city for its extravagant nightlife and relaxed grip on public behavior.
Even as some parts of the city have become conservative, Beirut still offers some of the best places for partying and hedonism in the Middle East. Lavish nightclubs and bars can be found only a few hundred meters away from churches and mosques, and many people frequent both venues. Luxurious high rise condominium developments tower over impoverished slums and refugee camps and Lamborghinis share the streets with child beggars. Dress codes for women are relaxed and diversified, with both miniskirts and hijabs commonplace. While the fifteen year civil war may have irreversibly scarred the city, its spirit and character endure in the face never ending challenges.
The aftermath of a bomb near an army checkpoint in Beirut, which left a general security officer dead and at least 12 more injured. General Security officer Abdel Karim Hodroj was killed in the blast caused by a suicide bomber. Many of those injured were football fans in a nearby café who were celebrating Brazil’s World Cup victory, moments before. The Lebanese army released a statement saying that the culprit was a Syrian man, driving a Mercedes rigged with 25 kg of explosives. The army then cordoned off the area so the military police could conduct an investigation. This is the second suicide bomb in three days after a blast at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, killed two soldiers on Friday.
June 03, 2014
These images show game 4 of the Lebanese Basketball League (FLB) final, which ended in a brawl. The match between teams Sagesse and Sporting was played in the Fouad Shehab stadium in Ghazir, north of Beirut. Sagesse won the game 69-61, tying the series at 2-2. Conflict broke out at the end of the match between two players, one from Sagesse and one from Sporting, prompting the other team members to get involved. The FLB final is a best-of-seven series, in which the first team to win four games will be crowned the “Champions of Lebanon.”
May 28, 2014
Photos show Syrian citizens living in Lebanon voting at a polling station set up at the Syrian embassy in the town of Yarzeh, near Beirut.
The polling station opened its doors at 7:00 am and will be receiving voters until 7:00 pm.
The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) quoted the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim Ali, as saying that the voting process may have to be extended until tomorrow.
Ali told the NNA, "Syrians who have not been able to register their names, or have been prevented from voting can go to one of the polling stations on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border on June 3rd."
The Syrian Presidential election will be held in Syria on June 3, 2014. It will be the first multi-candidate presidential election in Syria since the Assad family took power in 1971.
Syrian voters crowd to vote for the new Syrian president in front of the Syrian embassy, Beirut, Lebanon
A traffic jam caused by the crowd of the Syrian voters heading to vote at the Syrian Embassy in Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon
A man receiving help from a Lebanese Red Cross first aid worker after suffering shortness of breath because of the traffic and the crowds waiting to vote at the Syrian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
A man flashes victory signs on his way to vote in the Syrian presidential election at the embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
A poll worker distributes presidential election ballots to voters in the Syrian Embassy in Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon
A young man kisses a poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad near the Syrian Embassy in Baabda, Beirut, Lebanon
Syrians crowd around the voter registration table before voting in the Syrian presidential election at the embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
A tightly packed crowd of people at the Syrian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon waiting to vote in the Syrian presidential election.
Syrian voters drop their ballots in ballot boxes at the Syrian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon
Syrians crowd the Syrian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon to vote in the presidential election.
Voters in the Syrian presidential election drop their ballots in ballot boxes at the Syrian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.
crowds of Syrian voters lining up to vote for the new president of Syria in the Syrian embassy in Baabda, Beirut Lebanon