Lebanon & Syria

April 10, 2014

A Syrian refugee family waits at a UNHCR registration center in Lebanon (Joseph Eid/AFP)
11:52 GMT

Some 20 Syrian refugee families with ties to the regime have returned to their hometown of Flita, according to Syrian army sources.

Lebanese army retaliated in Bab al-Tabbaneh, Tripoli (file/AFP)
10:35 GMT

Armed men opened fire on the Lebanese army, prompting an overnight battle in Tripoli, north of Lebanon.

April 9, 2014

Italy had to deny that the U.S. had vetoed weapons bound for the Lebanese Army. (AFP/File)
11:04 GMT

Italy’s ambassador to Lebanon denied that the United States had 'vetoed' weapons bound for the Lebanese Army in remarks published Wednesday.

The neighboring war in Syria has sparked sectarian tensions in Lebanon's city of Tripoli (Ibrahim Chaloub/AFP)
06:56 GMT

At least two soldiers were killed in Lebanon's city of Tripoli Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in the area of Akkar.

April 8, 2014

Assad may be granted a third term in office if he runs in and wins the July elections. (AFP/File)
10:12 GMT

The upcoming Syrian elections that seem likely to put President Bashar al-Assad back in office for a third term will not be delayed, regardless of the ongoing war, the government said Tuesday.

Rebel fighters from the "Al-Mujahedin The Falcons of Islam" brigade looks at a map as they prepare an operation to "liberate" an area controlled by Syrian government forces in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:37 GMT

Syrian opposition groups have claimed gains in the city of Aleppo and Qunaitra area, which borders Israel, while regime troops launched a deadly offensive in the outskirts of Damascus, killing dozens of rebels.

April 7, 2014

Two were killed in Monday's clashes. (AFP/File)
11:08 GMT

Clashes in the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Mieh Mieh in the coastal city of Sidon Monday killed two people, including the commander of an armed group, and wounded five others, security sources said.

The purpose of the sanctions is to deal a blow to the Lebanese group’s finances and reduce its capacity to "sow instability in Middle East". (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

U.S. lawmakers are seeking to implement more sanctions against Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and its partner, Al-Manar television station.

The West must face up to the fact that Assad "will not be overthrown," the analyst said. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An Iranian-sponsored analyst has called on Western governments to halt their support for the Syrian opposition and to recognise that Syrian President Bashar Assad is still "standing tall".

April 6, 2014

The Lebanese army has increased security near the Syrian border in recent months. (AFP/File)
12:30 GMT

The Lebanese army arrested four Syrian men after a shootout in Arsal.

The General Assembly of the Syrian National Coalition, the main Western-backed anti-Assad opposition group, began electing a new political authority during a meeting in Istanbul on Saturday. (AFP/File)
10:30 GMT

The Syrian National Coaltion - the main anti-Assad opposition group - have begun the process of electing a new political authority.

Hezbollah's checkpoints will soon be dismantled. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

The Lebanese army have begun implementing a security plan in the Bekaa valley that includes dismantling all Hezbollah checkpoints and setting up stricter border policies.

April 4, 2014

Hezbollah's Resistance Brigades have come under fire for allegedly stoking tensions in Sidon's neighborhoods. (AFP/File)
09:01 GMT

Hezbollah recently decided to reactivate and boost the activities of the Resistance Brigades.

April 3, 2014

Nusra Front is allegedly plotting several terrorist operations in Lebanon that are being funded by fundamentalists and Islamist scholars who live abroad (File Archive/AFP)
07:12 GMT

A large number of Nusra Front fighters from Syria have "infiltrated" Lebanon in the past few days, according to reports, and are planning to conduct several terrorist attacks throughout the country.

April 2, 2014

The Lebanese border town of Arsal has frequently been hit and targeted by rockets from Syria (Joseph Eid/AFP)
12:47 GMT

Three rockets from the war in Syria hit Lebanon's northeast town of Labweh Wednesday.