Protest in outside the Higher Islamic Shiite Council
- Around 200 protesters gathered in protest outside the Higher Islamic Shiite Council, demanding that women’s custody of their children be more just. In the Shiite sect, the age of custody for mothers and their daughters and sons are 7 and 2, respectively.
- The protest also raised the issue of reforming personal status laws in Lebanon. The protest, “Mothers’ Anger”, comes after the circulation of a video depicting a grieving mother who was barred from approaching her daughter’s grave, after 2 years of not having custody over her child.
Protests return to Nabatiye and Beirut
- A march under the title “You will pay” took off on Saturday in Beirut from Barbir to Nejmeh Square, making stops at the Ministries of Finance and Economy. After security forces prevented protesters from getting into Nejmeh Square, protesters flung rocks and fireworks at them from behind the wall that authorities had built at the entrance of the square.
- Protesters also organized a march from the Kfar Ruman roundabout to Nabatiye, where they walked through city streets chanting “We won’t pay twice. We won’t pay.”
3 new coronavirus cases in Lebanon
- Lebanon reported 3 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total number of cases to 7. The first new case refers to the wife of one of the earlier patients, an Iranian national. The two other cases refer to the son and friend of another earlier patient, a Syrian national. All 7 patients are receiving care in the medical isolation unit at Rafic Hariri Hospital.
- A statement by the hospital said that the first two coronavirus patients to be quarantined in the hospital are still stable and receiving proper treatment in the isolation unit. However, the Iranian patient, who is old and suffers from preexisting conditions, seems unstable, in spite of receiving proper medical attention.
More than 10 Hezbollah members killed in battle in Saraqeb, Syria
- The Syrian Human Rights Observatory announced that at no less than 10 Hezbollah members, including commanders, were killed in the vicinity of Saraqeb, in the Idlib Governorate, in ongoing battles between Syrian Forces, backed by Russia, and the Syrian opposition, allied with Turkey.
- Turkey had announced on Saturday the destruction of “Chemical weapon plants” for the Syrian government. The strike came in response to an airstrike by the Syrian regime on Thursday that killed 33 Turkish soldiers.
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