Lebanon in pictures: 2017's most memorable moments

To mark the end of the year, here is a set of compelling and newsworthy images that rocked Lebanon in 2017.
by Yehia El Amine- YehiaAmine

29 December 2017 | 16:08

Source: by Annahar

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri chants the Lebanese national anthem along with hundreds of supporters who gathered outside his residence in Beirut on November 22, 2017. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Every year, a wide array of events take headlines by storm, marking the most memorable moments in a country’s history; impacting the nation and its people, be it emotionally, economically, or politically.

To mark the end of the year, here is a set of compelling and newsworthy images that rocked Lebanon in 2017.

THE REINA NIGHTCLUB ATTACK

The sister of Elias Wardini, who was killed in the New Year’s Eve Istanbul nightclub attack, mourns as she holds her brother’s portrait during his funeral procession, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. The attack killed 39 people, most of them foreigners, including three Lebanese citizens. The portrait reads, “We will never forget you.” (AP Photo)

FOILED SUICIDE ATTACK

Lebanese security forces secure the street near Costa Cafe in Hamra street where a suicide bomber was arrested before detonating his explosive belt. The suicide bomber had been tracked by undercover agents to the cafe, where he was tackled to the floor before he could detonate the bomb. (AFP Photo)

MARINE LE PEN VISITS LEBANON

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen (L) arrives for a meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti Abdel-Latif Derian on February 20, 2017. Le Pen caused controversy upon her arrival for refusing to wear a headscarf during the meeting. As a result, the meeting was canceled. (AFP Photo)

BOTTLES THROWN AT SAAD HARIRI

Bodyguards protect Prime Minister Saad Hariri after demonstrators threw a water bottle at the latter. Hariri arrived at the scene of the protest in downtown Beirut on Sunday, March 19, 2017, to address demonstrators after Parliament had slapped new taxes. (AP Photo) 

SIBERIAN TIGER CUBS IN BEIRUT

Siberian tigers destined for a zoo in war-torn Syria, and rescued by Animals Lebanon, an animal rights group, eat inside a cage, in Aley, east of Beirut, Lebanon, on March 29, 2017. The tigers were rescued after being trapped in an unmarked, maggot-infested crate in Beirut's airport for almost a week. (AP Photo)

MURDER OF ROY HAMOUCH

Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouk pays his condolences to Roy Hamouch's brother. Hamouch, a university student, was shot in the early hours of June 6 by Ahmad Hasan Al Ahmar after a traffic dispute which led to a car chase from Dora to Karantina. The killing of Hamouch has incited widespread calls for the reinstatement of capital punishment in the country. (AP Photo)

HEZBOLLAH'S OFFENSIVE ON ARSAL

 A Hezbollah fighter stands at a watchtower at the site where clashes erupted between Hezbollah and Al Qaeda-linked fighters in al-Kheil Valley in the Lebanon-Syria border on Saturday, July 29, 2017. A cease-fire went into effect between the militant Hezbollah group and al-Qaida-linked fighters as negotiations were underway to reach a deal that would eventually lead to the evacuation of Syrian fighters to the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib. The truce followed a six-day offensive by Hezbollah and Syrian troops who besieged al-Qaida-linked fighters in a small border area. (AP Photo)

HARIRI MEETS US PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP

US President Donald Trump (L), walks alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri heading to the White House's Rose Garden in Washington to address members of the press on July 25, 2017. Trump slammed Hezbollah, labeling them “a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people, and the entire region." (AP Photo)

LEBANESE LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO LIBERATE ARSAL

A picture taken on August 17, 2017, during a tour guided by the Lebanese army, shows soldiers holding a position in a mountainous area near the eastern town of Ras Baalbek during an operation against jihadist fighters. (AFP Photo)

LEBANON LIBERATES ARSAL'S OUTSKIRTS

A Lebanese army soldier salutes the national flag as he stands on top of an armored personnel carrier during a media trip on the outskirts of Ras Baalbek, northeast Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. (AP Photo)

A NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING 

Hussein Youssef, the father of slain soldier Mohamad Youssef, receives the Lebanese flag that was wrapped around his son's coffin from Lebanese Army Commander Joseph Aoun, at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh, near Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (AP Photo)

HARIRI MEETS POPE FRANCIS

Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, October 13, 2017. (Annahar Photo)

HABIB SHARTOUNI SENTENCED TO DEATH IN ABSENTIA AFTER 35 YEARS

The Gemayel family poses for a picture after the court sentenced Habib Shartouni, who killed President-elect Bashir Gemayel on September 14, 1982; nine days before he was to be sworn in as Lebanon’s 7th president. (Annahar Photo)

HARIRI RESIGNS FROM SAUDI ARABIA

Prime Minister Saad Hariri shockingly resigns from his post in a pre-recorded televised speech from Saudi Arabia in the latest sign of rising Iranian-Saudi tensions in the region and Lebanon. Lebanese politicians from across the political spectrum scrambled to ease the crisis resulting from the resignation, with rumors surfacing that the PM's resignation was forced by the kingdom. (Screenshot via AP)

THE NATION IS WATCHING

Lebanese at a coffee shop in Beirut watch an interview with Lebanon's resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The live interview aired on November 12, 2017, was Hariri's first televised appearance since his resignation. (AFP Photo)

HARIRI RETURNS HOME TO ATTEND INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

This collage photo shows President Michel Aoun and House Speaker Nabih Berri warmly greeting Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri during the military parade to celebrate the 74th anniversary of Lebanon's independence in downtown Beirut, on November 22, 2017. (AFP Photo)

FOUAD MAKSOUD WINS STARS OF SCIENCE COMPETITION

25-year-old Fouad Maksoud was named the Arab world’s top innovator in a supercharged finale of Stars of Science on 27 November 2017. His journey on the ninth season of the TV show captivated hundreds of thousands across the Middle East. Maksoud is a skilled engineer and innovative entrepreneur. He graduated with a Master’s degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2016. (Annahar Photo)



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