Lebanon & Syria

February 22, 2014

Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a Lebanese army post killing three soldiers and wounding 6 others.

Despite talks in Geneva, fighting in Syria has intensified with the Syrian army stepping up its use of barrel bombs. January marked the deadliest month of the conflict yet, with almost 6,000 killed. More than 136,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

The Syrian air force stepped up attacks on Friday as opposition fighters readied an offensive.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah has involved itself increasingly in keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad afloat. The current strategy to recruit fighters from Eastern Europe follows Hezbollah's public support for the Assad regime, along with sending its own fighters to assist Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Hezbollah has been recruiting mercenaries from Eastern Europe to shore up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria.

February 20, 2014

 Lebanese security forces and civil defence members work in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut's southern district of Bir Hassan on February 20, 2014. [AFP]
17:33 GMT

Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers behind this week’s twin bombings in the Bir Hasan neighborhood of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Aid to the besieged refugee camp has been continually disrupted. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis inside Yarmouk continues to grow. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

UNRWA, the United Nation's agency for Palestinian refugees, has resumed its distribution of aid and food to the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, a spokesman said Thursday.

Abdel-Rahman Diab's son was responsible for the bombing of Tripoli mosques in August 2013 that killed 47 people. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT

A pro-Syrian official who worked with the Arab Democratic Party was killed by unidentified gunmen in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli on Thursday.

February 19, 2014

An man bleeding from his head carries a baby following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on February 17, 2014 in the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city Aleppo. Will the peace talks really be able to end the suffering of the Syrian people? (AFP)
09:54 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains convinced the Geneva talks are the best way to end the crisis in Syria, despite the lack of progress that has come out of the previous negotiations between the regime and opposition.

Lebanese emergency personnel work at the site of a bomb explosion in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on February 19, 2014. (AFP)
09:19 GMT

Abdullah Azzam Bridages have claimed responsibility for the twin attacks that struck the heart of Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday. The bombs, which took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian Cultural Chancellery have killed four people. The death toll is expected to rise.

An image showing the cluster bombs allegedly being used by the Syrian regime. (Image courtesy of HRW)
08:41 GMT

A powerful type of cluster munition rocket not previously seen in the Syrian conflict is possibly being used by regime forces, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

A scene of devastation following a previous car bomb in Beirut's southern suburbs. Wednesday's blast took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian cultural chancellery. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

A blast was heard in a southern area of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday morning, but the cause was not immediately clear, residents and a security source said.

 Rebel fighters sit on top of a tank as they head to the front line of battles against Syrian pro-government forces, near the city of Hama, on February 18, 2014. (AFP)
07:04 GMT

Military showdowns are being prepared in Syria, rebel leaders say, after regime and opposition representatives failed to reach consensus in international peace talks last week in Geneva.

Syrian emergency personnel work at the site of a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on February 18, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:46 GMT

Syrian regime airplanes battered the southern city of Deraa, which lies close to the Jordanian borer, with barrel bombs on Tuesday. At least 18 people were killed, including four children.

February 18, 2014

Regime forces have pounded rebel strongholds with barrel bombs for weeks, particularly in Aleppo (Zein Al Rifai/AMC/AFP)
16:49 GMT

At least seven civilians were reported dead Tuesday around Damascus from hunger and lack of medical care while rebel groups announced their plans to launch a "spring offensive" on the Syrian capital.

A lack of food and medical supplies is also causing death in Yarmouk. Here, Palestinian children in Gaza stage a fake funeral in solidarity with their brothers in the besieged Damascus camp. (AFP/File)
08:38 GMT

A human rights monitoring group has reported that Palestinian refugees from the Yarmouk camp are being tortured by the Syrian regime's intelligence, and that one man has died after being detained for five months.

Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement between the group controlling the town and the regime on February 17, 2014. (AFP)
06:45 GMT

Despite the official peace talks in Geneva failing to yield any progress, Syria's army and rebels on Monday based around Damascus began dialogue with one another, allowing aid and supplies to reach those who need it.