Lebanon

Hundreds of supporters of radical Sunni cleric Ahmad al-Assir have taken to the streets of the southern city of Sidon in order to show their support for Assir, several weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest following deadly clashes between his followers and the Lebanese Army. Meanwhile, the Lebanese Republic’s Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said he is hopeful that he will be able to form a government, despite reports circulating in the press that he was preparing to submit his resignation to the presidency. With regards to Lebanese Shi’ite militia Hezbollah, Israel premier Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated that he will not allow dangerous weapons to fall in the hands of the group, after sources claimed that Israel was responsible for the bombing of a Syrian weapons depot carrying advanced anti-ship cruise missiles in the port city of Latakia earlier this month. (July 12, 2013 The Daily Star; July 13, 2013 Al Arabiya)