Lebanon & Syria

February 23, 2014

Former Prime Minister Hariri left Lebanon in early 2011. (AFP/File).
14:16 GMT

Saad Hariri recently stated that he may return to Lebanon for the president election in the spring.

Atmeh is home to a refugee camp, where nearly 30,000 displaced Syrians reside. (AFP)
14:11 GMT

At least 10 people were killed on Sunday when a car bomb struck a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh near the border with Turkey.

Turkish territory has also been targeted several times in the history of the Syrian crisis - in May 2013, 51 people were killed in Reyhanli after a Syrian suicide bomber detonated himself in the Turkish town. (AFP/File)
09:05 GMT

Dozens of people were injured after a car bomb exploded near a field hospital in the Syrian town of Atmeh, near the Turkish border, witnesses reported on Sunday.

A Palestinian patrols the streets of Ein Al Hilweh refugee camp near Sidon in southern Lebanon. (Image courtesy of Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/The Telegraph/File)
08:49 GMT

A Lebanon-based Fatah official said Saturday that Fatah and the PLO have lost all control of Palestinian camps in Lebanon, warning that this could have a "negative impact" on Lebanon's stability.

A Lebanese soldier stands near a burnt out vehicle at the site of a bomb explosion that targeted an army post on February 22, 2014 in eastern Lebanon's town of Hermel. (AFP)
06:33 GMT

Jihadist group Al Nusra front have claimed responsibility for Saturday's deadly attack on an army checkpoint in Lebanon's Hermel that killed two soldiers.

February 22, 2014

Saturday's suicide attack is the second in Lebanon this week and the third suicide attack this year. Lebanon is facing increased violence as the Syrian civil war spills over into the country. (AFP/File)
18:45 GMT

A suicide bomber targeted a Lebanese army post killing three soldiers and wounding 6 others.

Despite talks in Geneva, fighting in Syria has intensified with the Syrian army stepping up its use of barrel bombs. January marked the deadliest month of the conflict yet, with almost 6,000 killed. More than 136,000 people have died since the conflict began in March 2011. (AFP/File)
08:53 GMT

The Syrian air force stepped up attacks on Friday as opposition fighters readied an offensive.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah has involved itself increasingly in keeping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad afloat. The current strategy to recruit fighters from Eastern Europe follows Hezbollah's public support for the Assad regime, along with sending its own fighters to assist Assad's forces. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Hezbollah has been recruiting mercenaries from Eastern Europe to shore up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria.

February 20, 2014

 Lebanese security forces and civil defence members work in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut's southern district of Bir Hassan on February 20, 2014. [AFP]
17:33 GMT

Lebanese authorities have identified one of the suicide bombers behind this week’s twin bombings in the Bir Hasan neighborhood of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Aid to the besieged refugee camp has been continually disrupted. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis inside Yarmouk continues to grow. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

UNRWA, the United Nation's agency for Palestinian refugees, has resumed its distribution of aid and food to the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, a spokesman said Thursday.

Abdel-Rahman Diab's son was responsible for the bombing of Tripoli mosques in August 2013 that killed 47 people. (AFP/File)
08:35 GMT

A pro-Syrian official who worked with the Arab Democratic Party was killed by unidentified gunmen in Lebanon's restive northern city of Tripoli on Thursday.

February 19, 2014

An man bleeding from his head carries a baby following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on February 17, 2014 in the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city Aleppo. Will the peace talks really be able to end the suffering of the Syrian people? (AFP)
09:54 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon remains convinced the Geneva talks are the best way to end the crisis in Syria, despite the lack of progress that has come out of the previous negotiations between the regime and opposition.

Lebanese emergency personnel work at the site of a bomb explosion in a southern suburb of the capital Beirut on February 19, 2014. (AFP)
09:19 GMT

Abdullah Azzam Bridages have claimed responsibility for the twin attacks that struck the heart of Beirut's southern suburbs on Wednesday. The bombs, which took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian Cultural Chancellery have killed four people. The death toll is expected to rise.

An image showing the cluster bombs allegedly being used by the Syrian regime. (Image courtesy of HRW)
08:41 GMT

A powerful type of cluster munition rocket not previously seen in the Syrian conflict is possibly being used by regime forces, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

A scene of devastation following a previous car bomb in Beirut's southern suburbs. Wednesday's blast took place near the Kuwaiti embassy and the Iranian cultural chancellery. (AFP/File)
08:01 GMT

A blast was heard in a southern area of the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday morning, but the cause was not immediately clear, residents and a security source said.