Lebanon & Syria
August 29, 2013
NGO Refugees International says that Lebanon's new refugee policies risk harming Syrian refugees and stopping them easily escaping violence in their country.
Syrian regime forces have left Damascus International Airport as residents of the capital stockpile food and resources and prepare for a hasty evacuation.
The Russian military has deployed two large ships to the east Mediterranean so that it can protect Syria from any potential upcoming Western-led strike against the regime.
During an emergency UN meetings in New York on Wednesday, Syrian ambassador to the UN warned Lebanon against getting involved in the ongoing Syrian turmoil, and warned that Hezbollah would retaliate against Israel.
Hezbollah official Hussein Hajj Hasan implied that the Lebanese Shiite group is 'following up' on the developments of a possible Western-led strike in Syria and will respond with appropriate force.
US President Barack Obama has said that attack on Syria will be limited and will be "a shot across the bow", adding that although he has received several options for a strike, he has not yet made a decision.
August 28, 2013
The UN Security Council on Wednesday held an emergency meeting over the escalating Syrian crisis after the UK submitted a draft resolution over the alleged use of chemical weapons and amid fears that Assad's ally, Russia, will veto any action.
Jordan's government spokesperson Mohamed Momani on Wednesday stated that no attack on Syria would be launched from its soil.
The British parliament has drafted a resolution for the UN Security Council and will be presenting it later on Wednesday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Wednesday.
Analysts fear that if the West coordinates an attack against Syria, Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah may launch a series of strikes against Israel.
A Foreign Policy report states that US intelligence officials listened in to a high ranking Syrian official making 'panicked phonecalls' to a chemical weapons team, making the US certain that Assad's regime perpetrated last week's chemical weapons attack.
August 27, 2013
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US was ready to launch strikes against Syria, as the Britain's Prime Minister recalled the parliament from their summer break to discuss the developments in the Middle East.
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said that the Syrian regime has "surprise defences" that it can use in the face of a US-led intervention in the country over the alleged use of chemical weapons.
Syria's Foreign Minister Walid Moallem was on the warpath following the US' announcement that it had evidence that the regime used chemical weapons in Syria, stating that the US and its allies are using the claims as a pretext for military involvement.
At least four Hezbollah fighters are currently seeking treatment in Beirut after coming into contact with chemical agents in Syria.