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THE PULSE OF LEBANON

In Khaldeh, 'a gate to four places,' the Arab tribes stake out their turf

As part of series taking the pulse of the country through immersive reports from the four corners of Lebanon, L'Orient Today stepped into the world of the Arabs of Khaldeh. Descendants of Bedouin tribes, they hang onto their traditions but defend their Lebanese identity. After a series of clashes with Hezbollah that landed some clan members in jail, now they are threatening to boycott the May 15 elections.

In Khaldeh, 'a gate to four places,' the Arab tribes stake out their turf

Coffee awaits guests at an iftar dinner hosted by one of the prominent clans among the Arabs of Khaldeh on April 27, 2022. (Credit: João Sousa/L'Orient Today)

KHALDEH — The diwan of the late Sheikh Mounzer “Abu Amir” Daher in the hills of Khaldeh was prepared to receive guests in style. Plates of fruit and sweets were laid out on the tables. Coffee — made the traditional way by grinding hand-roasted beans...

KHALDEH — The diwan of the late Sheikh Mounzer “Abu Amir” Daher in the hills of Khaldeh was prepared to receive guests in style. Plates of fruit and sweets were laid out on the tables. Coffee — made the traditional way by grinding hand-roasted beans...Au carrefour de Khaldé, les tribus arabes jalonnent leur territoire...