Governor Weeks at the induction ceremonyThe Central Bank of Liberia has announced the temporary closure of its banking hall to the public beginning Monday, July 17 – August 4.The temporary closure is intended to facilitate the hosting of the West African Monetary Zone Statutory meetings at the head office of the Central Bank.The CBL is directing all civil servants and pensioners to conduct their banking services with commercial banks in the country.All commercial banks have agreed to assist all civil servants, pensioners and the general public with the encashment of their salary and allowance checks during the temporary closure of the banking hall of the Central Bank of Liberia.Banking activities at the CBL head offices will resume on Monday, August 6.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
TRIPOLI, Lebanon – Fierce clashes erupted between Lebanese army soldiers and Islamic militants in the vicinity of a Palestinian refugee camp here on Sunday, leaving 22 Lebanese soldiers and 17 militants dead and dozens injured in one of the most significant challenges to the army since the end of Lebanon’s bloody civil war. The confrontation with the Islamist group, Fatah Islam, raised fears of a wider battle to rout militants in the rest of Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps, where radical Islam has been gaining in recent years. That, in turn, raised the possibility of a deadly conclusion to the crisis, placing strains on the embattled government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. While anxious not to seem weak in the face of the militant challenge, military experts say, the government and the military also want to avoid any scenes that might draw comparisons to the Israeli attacks on Palestinian camps in the West Bank and Gaza. Many of the complex cross-currents of Lebanon’s politics were on display in the crisis. The army, under an agreement with the Palestinian leadership and Arab countries, was not allowed to enter the camp. Lebanese citizens, who hold the Palestinians responsible for sparking the civil war in 1975, cheered the army on the streets of Tripoli and outside the camp. Syria, which Lebanon accuses of backing Fatah Islam, closed several border crossings in the area. And the fighting broke out just as the Security Council had taken up a resolution to try suspects tied to the February 2005 assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Syria has been accused in previous investigations of ordering the killing, but vigorously denies any connection. Tensions rose further late Sunday night when a car bomb exploded in a nearly empty parking lot in a Christian section of eastern Beirut, killing one person, wounding 12 others and sparking fears of an orchestrated terrorist campaign. Last month, Lebanese authorities charged four members of Fatah Islam with bombing two commuter buses carrying Lebanese Christians in another Christian district. Fatah Islam has been a growing concern for security authorities in Lebanon and much of the region. Intelligence officials say it counts between 150 and 200 fighters in its ranks and subscribes to the fundamentalist precepts of al-Qaida. The group’s leader, Shakir al-Abssi, is a fugitive Palestinian and former associate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaida in Mesopotamia who was killed last year in Iraq. Both men were sentenced to death in absentia for the 2002 murder of an American diplomat, Lawrence Foley, in Jordan. In the six months since he arrived from Syria, Abssi has established a base of operations at the Nahr el-Bared Palestinian refugee camp on the northern outskirts of this city, and the scene of the fighting on Sunday. What began as a raid on several homes in Tripoli in pursuit of suspected bank robbers connected to Fatah Islam quickly escalated into an open confrontation with the group at their stronghold in the camp. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!