Lebanon & Syria

February 3, 2014

Bombs targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut late last year (File Archive/AFP)
08:04 GMT

Analysts predict that bombings will continue in Lebanon until Hezbollah retracts it decision to intervene in Syria's civil war.

Al Qaeda fighters launched a deadly double attack on Aleppo. (AFP/File)
07:37 GMT

A double bomb attack in Aleppo carried out by al-Qaeda-affiliated group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), claimed the lives of at least 16 Syrian rebel fighters on Sunday, an NGO said.

Dozens of Yarmouk residents are dying from hunger - according to activists, they've been surviving on a diet of stale vegetables, herbs, powdered tomato paste, animal feed and cooking spices dissolved in water. (AFP/File)
07:10 GMT

Four people died in Yarmouk refugee camp over the weekend despite the UN delivering food packages and humanitarian supplies to the besieged Damascus neighborhood.

Member of the Loyalty to Resistance parliamentarian bloc in Lebanon, MP Ali Fayyad. [islamicinvitationturkey]
05:53 GMT

After a deadly suicide bombing in Lebanon, Hezbollah MP calls for accountability of jihadist groups.

The uprising in Syria has caused intense clashes in neighboring Lebanon. [HusseinMalla]
05:35 GMT

A back-alley dispute has left one dead and several others wounded in Tripoli.

February 2, 2014

Palestinian children hold a protest - complete with fake coffins - in solidarity with the starving and besieged residents of Yarmouk. (AFP/File)
09:38 GMT

PLO official Ahmad Majdalani said that food convoys for the besieged residents of Damascus' Yarmouk refugee camp have safely entered the area for the third day in a row.

Female Al Qaeda soldiers are not unheard of - here, Somali women carry weapons during a demonstration organized by the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab group in 2010. (AFP/File)
08:45 GMT

The Al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched two female battalions in Syria's northern city of Raqqa in a bid to expose anti-ISIS activists.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "will never apologize for speaking the truth about the brutality of the Assad regime". (AFP/File)
08:04 GMT

The U.S. State Department denied that it had sought to have direct negotiations with the Syrian regime at the Geneva II peace talks, as Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem claimed after the talks to Syrian media.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. (AFP)
07:12 GMT

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the death toll of the crisis has now exceeded 136,000 people, with January 2014 being one of the bloodiest months on record.

Lebanese emergency personnel are seen at the site of a car bomb explosion targeting a petrol station in eastern Lebanon's town of Hermel on February 1, 2014, [AFP]
05:46 GMT

Lebanon officials give public response to Saturday's car bomb that killed five.

Medical personnel look for survivors following a reported airstrike on the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 1, 2014. [AFP]
04:47 GMT

Aleppo death toll continues to rise as another barrel bomb is unleashed on the city.

February 1, 2014

A suicide car bomb attack in the northeastern city of Hermel Saturday killed at least four people.
17:42 GMT

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle blew himself up in the Lebanese town of Hermel, a Hezbollah stronghold, killing at least five people on Saturday, the interior ministry said.

January 30, 2014

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi attends a press briefing on peace talks at the United Nations on January 29, 2014 in Geneva. [AFP]
16:23 GMT

Syrian negotiators Thursday restarted their peace talks mediated by U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, according to the Associated Press.

 A handout picture released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) on January 21, 2014 shows a general view of destruction in Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. (AFP)
11:57 GMT

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees reported that an aid convoy carrying over 900 food parcels has entered the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

The complete demolition of the Masha' al-Arb'een neighborhood in Hama. (Image courtesy of Human Rights Watch)
11:09 GMT

The Syrian government has razed seven residential districts for no apparent military reason but to punish civilians who had vaguely affiliated themselves with rebels, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.