Lebanon & Syria

March 20, 2014

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014 after the reopening of the main road out of the town after a night of tension. (AFP)
07:06 GMT

Clashes intensified on Thursday between the Syrian regime troops and gunmen along the Lebanese-Syrian border with shelling and gunfire targeting the Akkar border area.

The soon-to-be-vacated Syrian diplomatic buildings and facilities may be entrusted, the State Department said Wednesday, to "a third State." (AFP)
05:00 GMT

The U.S. Department of State provided additional details Wednesday regarding the ordered closure of the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary consulates in Michigan and Texas.

March 19, 2014

Lebanon is increasingly being derailed by the spillover of violence in Syria. (AFP/File)
19:52 GMT

At least two rockets from inside Syria have reportedly landed in the eastern Lebanese border town of Hermel.

The uprising in Syria - which quickly turned into a full blown civil war - first began in Deraa, where Gharaz Central Prison is located. (AFP/File)
18:53 GMT

Syrian rebels have taken control of a prison outside the city where the uprising began three years ago and freed dozens of inmates, activists said Wednesday.

Wednesday's attack by the Assad regime took place in a northwestern Damascus suburb. (AFP)
17:01 GMT

Syria’s government air force on Wednesday bombed a northwestern suburb of Damascus, killing eight people, activists reported. The attack violated a truce that was made between rebels and regime fighters in October.

The closed Syrian embassy is pictured in Washington on March 18, 2014. The US closed down Syria's embassy in Washington and ordered its remaining diplomatic staff to leave the country if they were not US citizens. (AFP)
15:05 GMT

Russia and Syria have slammed the United States for its decision to close Syrian embassy and consulates in the country, saying that it proves "Washington is seeking a regime chance in Damascus".

The Lebanese army was deployed to the town of Arsal Wednesday following Tuesday evening's protests as well as in response to the growing spillover from the neighboring war in Syria (STR/AFP)
12:16 GMT

The Lebanese army reopened the only road that is connected to the border town of Arsal Wednesday after protesters took to the streets and blocked several major roads throughout the country Tuesday evening.

March 18, 2014

A suicide car bomb exploded in Lebanon's Bekaa valley earlier this week as sectarian tensions escalate (AFP)
20:52 GMT

Lebanese protestors blocked several roads throughout Lebanon Tuesday in protest of what they are describing as the "siege" of Arsal.

The Syrian army has largely been in control of the entire Latakia province since the start of the civil war in 2011 (File Archive/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Five rockets have targeted Syria's main transit port for its chemical weapon destruction since the start of the month.

Tammam Salam to hold talks in hopes of curbing violence in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
07:47 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam is expected to hold talks with Tripoli's lawmakers to discuss recent violence.

A pro-government forces member flashes the "V-sign" for victory next to a comrade in the main square of the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014. (AFP)
06:48 GMT

Syrian regime forces began an assault Monday on the last rebel-held areas in the Qalamoun mountains, strategically located on the Lebanese border, after overrunning a key opposition bastion.

March 17, 2014

Lebanon's Arsal has frequently been attacked by rockets from the neighboring war in Syria (File Archive)
13:21 GMT

Security sources reported Monday that three rockets launched from the Syrian-Lebanese border struck the village of Nabi Othman earlier in the day.

Destroyed homes and buildings are seen in the Syrian town of Yabroud on March 16, 2014 after Syria's army and Lebanon's Hezbollah seized full control of the rebel bastion. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

Fears rose in Lebanon on Monday that gunmen, who have fled into Lebanon after Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured Yabroud, would increase retaliatory violence against the supporters of the Shiite party.

Sunni attacks on Hezbollah fighters have increased in recent weeks in response to the latter's involvement in the neighboring war in Syria and their support of the Assad regime (Joseph Eid/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Suicide car bombs in Lebanon's Baalbeck area left at least two Hezbollah members dead Sunday night and at least six wounded.

March 16, 2014

Syrian rebels recently lost control of the town of Yabroud. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon has increased its security at the border of Syria after rebels began fleeing to Lebanon from Yabroud.