Lebanon & Syria
June 1, 2014
Polls revealed that 95% of Syrian expats have taken part in Syria's presidential elections ahead of the June 3 vote that will take place inside the country.
Lebanese authorities have asked refugees to refrain from entering Syria starting June 1 or risk losing their status in an attempt to organize the growing refugee crisis in the country.
May 31, 2014
The UNHCR has opposed plans by Lebanese authorities to build refugee camps close to the border with Syria due to security issues.
May 30, 2014
Germany's foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged $6.8 million to help support Syrian refugees and said he was hopeful other European countries would follow suit.
May 29, 2014
Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil sought help from his Turkish counterpart to free two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria along with a Lebanese cameraman.
May 28, 2014
Sources from the European Commission said they are concerned about reports where Syrian refugees were allegedly denied vital healthcare treatment in Lebanon.
Pro-Assad voters stopped traffic in the streets of Beirut Wednesday amid a chaotic and disorganised day at the Syrian embassy.
Tensions are rising in the Lebanon-Syria border as Syrian fighter jets fired missiles into Bekaa Valley, where it is widely believed rebels are supported.
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq has said that a security plan for Beirut is expected to witness light in June as another cabinet minister stressed that no party wants to create chaos.
May 27, 2014
The UNHCR says Jordan's Azraq refugee camp is now home to over 6,000 Syrian refugees.
May 26, 2014
Jordan expelled the Syrian ambassador Bahjat Suleiman from the Kingdom Monday.
The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution from France that pushes for a new head of state in Lebanon in order to avoid a presidential vacuum.
Syrian warplanes raided on Monday the outskirts of the border town of Arsal in northern Bekaa with several rockets.
May 25, 2014
In a televised speech Sunday Nasrallah said the presidential deadlock needs to be resolved immediately.
With President Michel Suleiman’s term in office coming to an end on Sunday, Lebanon is officially entering a “presidential vacuum,” with rival March 14 Alliance and March 8 Alliance lawmakers so far unable to choose the next head of state.