Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Al Joumhouria” News Summary”
Sunday, 19-May-2024 23:52

While the southern front of Lebanon remains tense with ongoing exchanges of fire between the two sides at the border, the Israeli Finance Minister has called for a final warning to Hezbollah and threatened a ground operation if they do not heed the warnings.

Security developments have not yet impacted the presidential file, as pointed out by Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi in his homily today, where he stated, "There is no justified reason for not electing a President of the Republic."

Meanwhile, Bishop Elias Audi emphasized that peace is a shared responsibility based on ethics and accepting others.

Regionally, a helicopter carrying the Iranian President and his Foreign Minister experienced a "severe" incident, with adverse weather conditions hampering rescue efforts, and their fate remains unknown.

An Iranian official told Reuters that the lives of Raisi and Abdollahian are in danger after the helicopter crash.

Additionally, U.S. President Joe Biden cut short his vacation and returned to the White House for an urgent briefing following the Iranian President's plane incident.

In Gaza, the Israeli army has deployed a fourth brigade to Rafah, increasing the number of brigades operating in Gaza to nine.

Internationally, the Slavyansk oil refinery in Russia halted operations after a Ukrainian attack.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army announced that it had foiled a coup attempt in the capital, Kinshasa.

Economically, Kuwait announced that it has contracted to purchase 500 megawatts of electricity through the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority.