Source of new coronavirus cases untraceable
- Rafic Hariri Hospital reported 6 new coronavirus cases, raising the total to 22. Meanwhile, Lebanon's health minister announced that coronavirus “left the phase of containment, and the virus had spread," adding that there are "2 or 3 cases with unknown origins." The ministry extended the closure of academic institutions to March 14th, also ordering the closure of entertainment centers.
Court order sanctioning banks halted
- On Thursday night, State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat halted a court decision by Financial State Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim to freeze the assets of 20 banks. After local media outlets described the decision and counter-decision as products of political tension between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri, both politicians denied intervening in the legal justice system.
Depositor attempts self immolation in bank
- A depositor tried to set himself on fire inside a bank in Tripoli, after bank employees refused to give him a sum of his deposits. In Beirut, protesters gathered outside the Environment Ministry to denounce environmental violations in the historic Nahr el Kalb mountain, where the Free Patriotic Movement is building its new headquarters. Meanwhile, early at dawn, unknown assailants set fire to protesters' tent in Sawfar, Chouf.
Ghada Aoun threatens to resign
- Judge Ghada Aoun threatened to hand over her resignation to President Michel Aoun in protest of the latest judicial assignments, which she considered "vindictive". The assignments by the Higher Judicial Council demoted Aoun from Public Prosecutor of Appeals in Mount Lebanon to Counselor in the Court of Cassation.
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