Lebanon & Syria

March 24, 2014

Lebanese soldiers are seen deployed on a street in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 14, 2014. Two people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl, in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, the day before. The death toll has now risen to 26 over 12 days. (AFP)
12:32 GMT

Over the past 12 days of clashes in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli, 26 people - most of them civilians - have lost their lives.

Syrian army fighters celebrate shortly after troops loyal to President Bashar Assad took full control of the strategic town of Yabroud. (AFP)
07:11 GMT

Three rebel bomb experts and four of their bodyguards were killed by a Hezbollah ambush on Sunday in the strategic Qalamoun region, near Syria's border with Lebanon.

March 23, 2014

Hezbollah fighters have supported the Syrian regime inside the neighboring country's civil war, most recently helping Damascus secure victory in Yabroud over rebel forces (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

Hezbollah officials told media outlets Sunday that the recent Syrian regime victory in Yabroud will "curb suicide and car bombings in Lebanon" as a result.

The army has since intervened in the clashes, naharnet.com reported. (AFP/File)
06:44 GMT

Dawn clashes in Beirut between Salafists and supporters of the Arab Movement leader caused the death of one person on Sunday morning. At least 10 more were injured.

March 22, 2014

Lebanon's coalition government recently won a vote of confidence from Parliament. (AFP/File)
06:12 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama called Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam to congratulate him on the formation of the coalition government and to stress the importance of holding democratic elections.

March 21, 2014

The Syrian conflict has increasingly pulled neighboring countries such as Lebanon into the three-year-old civil war, putting a strain on the government's ability to operate properly. (photo courtesy: theguardian.com)
18:40 GMT

Members of the international community have expressed frustration at Lebanon's inability to move forward with several development projects.

March 20, 2014

Lebanon's government ended a nearly 11-month standoff in February when it announced the formation of a new cabinet (AFP/File)
17:43 GMT

The new Cabinet easily won a confidence vote in parliament.

The opposition fighters were attempting to flee into nearby Lebanon, AFP reported. (AFP)
12:09 GMT

Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed 11 rebels as they fled the village of Al Hosn, home to a famous Crusader castle, for the nearby Lebanese border, military sources reported on Thursday.

Violence rages near Lebanon's border with Syria as fighting continues to spill over from the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
10:54 GMT

Syrian forces have closed the Bqaiaa crossing amid heavy fighting.

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014 after the reopening of the main road out of the town after a night of tension. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.

The soon-to-be-vacated Syrian diplomatic buildings and facilities may be entrusted, the State Department said Wednesday, to "a third State." (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.

March 19, 2014

Lebanon is increasingly being derailed by the spillover of violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:52 GMT

At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.

The uprising in Syria - which quickly turned into a full blown civil war - first began in Deraa, where Gharaz Central Prison is located. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

Syrian rebels have taken control of a prison outside the city where the uprising began three years ago and freed dozens of inmates, activists said Wednesday.

Wednesday's attack by the Assad regime took place in a northwestern Damascus suburb. (AFP)
17:01 GMT

Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported. The attack violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October.

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014. The US closed down Syria's embassy in Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens. (AFP)
15:05 GMT

Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".