Al-Rahi to visit South on Thursday


Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi will make a solidarity visit to the South on Thursday at the head of a delegation from the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops, the Catholic Media Center said.

The patriarch is seeking to “express his solidarity with southerners and the displaced,” the Center added.

Al-Rahi will begin his visit at 10am at the Maronite Archbishopric of Tyre and will then move to the Greek Catholic Archbishopric. The visit will involve a meeting with the representatives of Muslim and Christian communities in the region.

In a radio interview, Catholic Media Center Director Abdo Abou Kassem said the patriarch will not visit any border towns and that the visit will be limited to the city of Tyre.

Since the Israel-Hamas war began on October 7, the southern frontier between Lebanon and Israel has seen intensifying exchanges of fire, mainly between Israel and Hezbollah, but also Palestinian groups.

More than 110 people have been killed on the Lebanese side, mostly Hezbollah fighters and more than a dozen civilians, according to an AFP tally, since fighting began in October.

On the Israeli side, six soldiers and three civilians have been killed, Israeli authorities have said.

Comments 2
Thumb 06 December 2023, 15:33

Patriarch Al Rahi, what’s your plan to return the Syrian and Palestinian refugees to their countries? What’s your plan to free Shebaa and Ghajar?

Thumb 06 December 2023, 19:15

As previously emphasized, if Hezbollah fails to uphold its professed mission in Lebanon, it becomes no more than a tool used by Iran to exert control, akin to how the SLA served the interests of the Zionists before them. In doing so, Hezbollah forfeits any remaining legitimacy it once possessed.