Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Lebanon Backtracks on Coronavirus Reboot with 4-Day Lockdown
Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad announces the four-day closure after a cabinet meeting in Beirut on May 12. (Lebanese Presidential Office - handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Lebanon Backtracks on Coronavirus Reboot with 4-Day Lockdown

The Lebanese government has declared a full shutdown of the country for four days starting Wednesday evening after a sudden climb in new coronavirus cases accompanied a partial relaxation of closures. Health authorities in Beirut reported 11 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the nation’s total infections during the pandemic to 870, with 26 deaths. Last week, businesses such as restaurants and hair salons, as well as construction sites, were allowed to get back to work, although on a limited basis. Prime Minister Hassan Diab reportedly told his cabinet during a Tuesday meeting: “This achievement is at risk of collapsing.” A nightly curfew remains in place, partly owing to a recent resurgence of anti-government protests that erupted last year over a large external debt and new tax levies, but which died down during the pandemic. According to Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, supermarkets and pharmacies will remain open. The country’s international airport has been shut down save for flights bringing citizens home during the pandemic.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.