Lebanon & Syria

February 16, 2014

Aid agencies are struggling to bring relief to the thousands of suffering refugees in Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
08:13 GMT

A spokesman for the UN's Palestine refugee agency said Saturday that UNRWA has been unable to distribute aid in Yarmouk for the past week, leading to a potentially "life-threatening" situation for those trapped in the besieged camp.

Regime delegate Bashar Al Jaafari told reporters that the decision to put the opposition representatives on the terrorism list had nothing to do with the Geneva talks (Phillippe Desmazes/AFP)
07:59 GMT

Syria's government has added the Geneva talk's opposition delegates to a "terrorist list" and seized their assets.

February 15, 2014

All appeared ready for prime minister-designate Tammam Salam to announce a new cabinet.  [AFP]
07:28 GMT

After talks to end a 10-month political crisis in Lebanon and appoint a new government were once again stalled on Friday, late-night talks between officials have revived hopes for the country.

February 14, 2014

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Tammam Salam [AFP]
14:10 GMT

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Tammam Salam was set to present a proposed cabinet line-up to the president Friday as he looks to end a 10-month vacuum, an aide told AFP.

February 13, 2014

Vitaly Churkin proposed the rival resolution after threatening that Assad's allies would veto the Western or Arab-backed measures. (AFP/File)
07:52 GMT

Russia proposed a rival U.N. resolution on the humanitarian crisis in Syria to key Security Council members on Wednesday after saying Moscow would veto a Western and Arab-backed measure threatening sanctions against Syria.

The Qaeda-linked Brigades said they will continue to launch attacks against Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws its troops from the neighboring war in Syria (Courtesy of The New York Times)
07:16 GMT

Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades shared a video online in which the group confirms that they will continue to target Hezbollah until the latter group withdraws from the conflict in Syria.

A Syrian man reacts as he carries the body of a child following a reported air strike by government forces on the Al Haidarya neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo on February 12, 2014. (AFP)
07:03 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Syrians have been dying in greater number since the peace talks began in Geneva three weeks ago.

Syrian Red Crescent workers helps residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, carry their belongings during an evacuation operation on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
06:41 GMT

The United Nation's Palestine refugee agency UNRWA is "closely monitoring" reports that evacuations and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp had resumed, after they were halted last week after clashes erupted.

Members of the Lebanese security forces dismantle a car bomb at the entrance of the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the Bekaa valley. [AFP]
06:03 GMT

After one Al Qaeda capture and several munitions and explosive finds, the Lebanese army is finding success in random sweeps.

February 12, 2014

SYRIA, HOMS : TOPSHOTS
Syrian civilians walk as they are evacuated during a humanitarian operation in the besieged Syrian city of Homs on February 10, 2014. (AFP)
18:46 GMT

On Wednesday, a small convoy brought crucial humanitarian aid into the besieged Syrian rebel quarter of Homs following a weekend attack on a similar effort that left five people dead.

Under the opposition's principles, President Assad must hand over power to a transitional governing body. (AFP/File)
16:31 GMT

The Syrian opposition coalition conducting peace talks with the Syrian government in Geneva presented on Tuesday its vision of 24 “basic principles” for a political settlement to end the three-year-old Syrian civil war.

Smoke ascends after a Syrian military helicopter allegedly dropped a barrel bomb over the city of Daraya, southwest of the capital Damascus, on February 5, 2014. Syrian government forces have been bombing near the Lebanese border. (AFP)
14:04 GMT

Syrian warplanes have pounded a rebel-held town near Lebanon's border in an apparent attempt to dislodge opposition fighters from the area, activists said Wednesday.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut in November (File Archive/AFP)
11:09 GMT

Top Al Qaeda-linked Abdallah Azzam Brigades leader was arrested by the Lebanese army Wednesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the proposed U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria "one-sided" (File Archive/AFP)
09:10 GMT

Russia said that they will reject a U.N. resolution on aid access in Syria, saying it is "one sided," according to reports Wednesday. Convoys also waited on standby Wednesday to continue the evacuation process in Homs after the governor suspended the operation Tuesday due to "technical and logistical" reasons.

Children in Aleppo watch as regime barrel bombs destroy nearby neighborhoods (Khaled Khatib/Aleppo Media Centre/AFP)
07:48 GMT

Tuesday barrel bomb attacks on Aleppo killed at least ten people as regime forces continue to destroy Syria's second largest city.