Lebanon & Syria

June 3, 2014

In the past two weeks, seven Hezbollah members have now been killed fighting in Syria (File/AFP)
12:31 GMT

An additional four Hezbollah members were killed in Syria violence Tuesday, bringing the death toll up to seven in the past two weeks from the Lebanese Shia group.

Assad is widely expected to win Syria's presidential election. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

Hundreds of Syrian refugees flocked to border polling stations to vote in the presidential elections despite a threat from the Lebanese government that their refugee status might be revoked if they return to Syria.

June 2, 2014

Lebanon now hosts over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
17:00 GMT

On Monday Lebanon finalized its policy towards Syrian refugees living in Lebanon.

Opposition groups have threatened to carry out attacks in rebel-held areas on election day. (AFP/File)
15:00 GMT

Multiple groups in Syria's opposition have issued warnings for Syria's June 3 election.

Roughly 50 people have been killed in Aleppo over the past three days. (AFP/File)
13:24 GMT

At least 27 people have been killed by shelling in Aleppo.

Lebanon's Interior Minister Machnouk says that Lebanese authorities are growing increasingly concerned about election-related violence (Joseph Eid/ AFP).
06:59 GMT

Lebanon's decision to consider revoking refugee status for Syrians who return to their country to vote was based on security concerns Interior Minister Machnouk said on Sunday.

June 1, 2014

Arsal has seen an increase in violence since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. (AFP/File)
13:49 GMT

Nusra Front briefly kidnapped and tortured three Lebanese teenagers in Arsal.

Current President Bashar al Assad is widely expected to win the presidential election. (AFP/File)
06:51 GMT

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.

Lebanon is currently home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

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

It is estimated that at least 27 percent of Lebanon's population is now made up of Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
11:16 GMT

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 showed support for the Syrian crisis during a trip to Lebanon (File/AFP)
11:47 GMT

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

Two Lebanese bishops and a cameraman are believed to have been kidnapped in Syria last year (File/AFP)
12:51 GMT

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

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
20:00 GMT

Sources from the European Commission said they are concerned about reports where Syrian refugees were allegedly denied vital healthcare treatment in Lebanon.

Pro-Assad supporters took to the streets of Beirut on Wednesday (File/AFP)
16:21 GMT

Pro-Assad voters stopped traffic in the streets of Beirut Wednesday amid a chaotic and disorganised day at the Syrian embassy.

Four missiles were fired into Arsal town, Bekaa Valley, on Wednesday (File/AFP)
14:38 GMT

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.