Human rights monitors say the case of the boat survivors is a troubling new twist in Lebanon’s ongoing push for Syrian refugees to go home.
Mass protests follow a government announcement on October 17, 2019 of a planned tax on voice calls made over messaging services such as WhatsApp.
Saliba arrived in Lebanon on Wednesday after taking part in a film festival in the Saudi city of Jeddah and was detained after previously failing to appear for questioning.
Restructuring the banking sector is a key demand of the International Monetary Fund to start getting Lebanon out of its paralyzing financial crisis.
Right until the start of the World Cup on November 20, the Lebanese had hoped the matches would be broadcast free on the public network Tele Liban, as was the case during the 2018 tournament.
Cholera has swept across Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq as the countries struggle with devastated infrastructure, turmoil and housing large populations of people who have been displaced by conflict.
It is far from a peace deal, but proponents say the shared interest in exploiting the gas will make it less likely the two longtime enemies will go to war.
Aoun's six-year term was marred by mass protests, a painful economic downturn and the August 2020 mega-explosion of ammonium nitrate that killed hundreds and laid waste to swathes of Beirut.
Israel and Lebanon, who are technically at war, agreed to terms earlier this month on a US-brokered deal to demarcate their disputed maritime border.
Lebanon hopes that demarcating maritime borders will pave the way for gas exploration to help lift it out of its crippling economic crisis.
A major source of friction at the talks was the Karish gas field, which Israel insisted fell entirely within its waters and was not a subject of negotiation.
"Israel will not compromise on its security and economic interests, even if that means that there will be no agreement soon," the official added.
"We are talking of a timeline of five to six years... before the first gas" if commercially viable reservoirs are in fact found, the energy expert sais, describing the timeframe as "optimistic".
The banks, however, have condemned the heists and urged the Lebanese government to provide security personnel.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid told his cabinet on Sunday that the US proposal "strengthens Israel's security and Israel's economy."
Deep divisions among lawmakers have raised fears Lebanon could be left without a president after Aoun's mandate expires at the end of October.
Recent weeks have seen a spate of incidents in which people armed with real or toy guns held up banks to demand access to their frozen savings, only to be celebrated as folk heroes.
The investigation into one of the world's biggest non-nuclear explosions has been blocked for months by Lebanon's political powers.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in an interview last week said that the militant group can locate and strike Karish and any other Israeli gas field.
Lebanon is grappling with an unprecedented financial crisis, branded by the World Bank as one of the planet's worst since the 1850s.