On day 134, protesters gather in Antelias and Beirut, Sadek and Raidy interrogated
- Hundreds of protesters gathered in Antelias on Thursday evening to protest the current government.
- Meanwhile, protesters in Beirut demonstrated outside the Judicial Palace during journalist Dima Sadek and activist Gino Raidy's interrogation by the Central Criminal Investigation Bureau. The interrogation comes after a lawsuit filed by the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), accusing Sadek and Raidy of inciting sectarian and racist strife.
- Following her interrogation, Sadek told the press that she hoped charges would be pressed against Gebran Bassil himself for inciting racism and sectarianism, adding that she and others will be working on this issue.
Inauguration of Lebanon's oil and gas exploration in Block 4
- President Michel Aoun marked the first day of Lebanon's exploratory drilling in Block 4 during a closed-door ceremony aboard the Tungsten Explorer drillship. He was joined by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, Minister of Energy Raymond Ghajar, and other officials from the oil companies involved.
- Diab noted in a statement released by Aoun's press office that, "From darkness, we begin today with a great skylight that expands the circle of hope that Lebanon can go beyond the severe economic crisis tightening the screws on the financial and social reality of Lebanese people."
- According to the Ministry of Energy, the excavation work will begin in a couple of days, as soon as the needed equipment arrives from the Port of Beirut.
Five years later, Judge Sfeir delivers verdict in case of Ella Tannous
- Single Judge of the Criminal Court in Beirut Roula Sfeir iound the defendants in the case of Ella Tannous guilty of criminal medical malpractice. Two doctors, including Issam Maalouf and Rana Charara, in addition to the Lebanese Maronite Order, the owner of the Notre Dame de Secours Hospital in Jbeil, and the American University of Beirut Medical Center, were found guilty.
- In 2015, Tannous's four limbs were amputated due to a misdiagnosis, which made headlines across the country.
Third case of coronavirus, patients said to be under stable condition
- The Health Ministry confirmed the third case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, noting that the infected patient was an Iranian man who was aboard the same flight that landed in Beirut on February 24.
- The Rafic Hariri Hospital, where the three cases are being treated, announced that the patients carrying coronavirus were in stable condition. The statement added that it had 'examined' 40 people over the past 24 hours and that there are 12 people currently being quarantined.
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