As elections loom, members of large clans and families of the Baalbeck-Hermel region, long associated with the illicit trade of hashish, are threatening to boycott the major parties unless they receive a general amnesty for accumulated arrest warrants.
Lebanese troops Tuesday mounted a massive search for criminals wanted on warrants hours after suspects involved in the 2014 killing of a Lebanese couple were arrested following a clash that left one soldier killed near the eastern city of Baalbek.
For the third time in a row, the Sacred Hearts School in Baalbeck was ransacked as assailants had broken into the facility. School uniforms, equipment and food were stolen, the National News Agency reported. A probe has been launched into the incident, the report added.