Berri promises 'good news' on situation in south Lebanon


Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday met with caretaker Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi and discussed with him the political developments and security situation.

“Our visit to Speaker Berri today was important and necessary,” Mawlawi said after the talks.

“We heard good news from him and I reassure the Lebanese that, God willing, there will be good news regarding the situation in south Lebanon, and God willing there will soon be a ceasefire in Gaza that would apply to south Lebanon, the south of heroes,” the minister added.

Cross-border violence between Israel and Hezbollah has killed at least 497 people in Lebanon since Oct. 8 -- mostly fighters but also including 95 civilians -- according to an AFP tally. Tens of thousands of residents have also been displaced from the border areas in both southern Lebanon and northern Israel.

Hezbollah started its attacks on Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians and the Hamas Movement as war broke out following the unprecedented October 7 attack on southern Israel. The group says it will not halt its attacks before Israel stops its war on the Gaza Strip.

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