Lebanon & Syria

March 12, 2014

Former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad (seated R), his wife Aniseh (seated L), sons Maher (standing, L-R), Bashar, Bassel, Majd and daughter Bushra (standing, L-R) pose for a undated family portrait. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
13:10 GMT

EU sanctions against the eldest sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were upheld by a European court on Wednesday, with officials saying her strong family ties made her inclusion on the sanctions list legitimate.

March 11, 2014

Lebanon's Bekaa region has been repeatedly targeted by air strikes from Syria due to growing sectarian tensions that have spilled over from the Syrian civil war into Lebanon (File Archive)
17:00 GMT

At least three people from Lebanon's Bekaa Valley were hospitalized Tuesday for injuries received from Syrian rockets.

The Nusra Front has accused the Lebanese military of targeting Sunnis. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

The Nusra Front is threatening to drastically increase attacks inside Lebanon.

Debris cover a street and flames rise from a building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in Aleppo. (AFP)
08:51 GMT

Pro-opposition activists said that Syrian regime aircrafts dropped a number of bombs and barrel bombs on Yabroud, as well as shelling rebel-held areas nearby.

Nuns who were among a group freed after being held hostage by Islamist rebels in Syria, pray during a mass to celebrate their release at the Church of the Holy Cross in Damascus. (AFP)
07:14 GMT

The Syrian opposition said Monday that 141 women prisoners were freed from regime jails as part of a swap deal involving the release of 13 nuns abducted from the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula.

A Syrian refugee girl looks on in a house in the Basaksehir district of Istanbul, on March 4, 2014. (AFP)
06:46 GMT

UNICEF said Monday that the number of children suffering as a result of the ongoing Syrian conflict has more than doubled over the past year, adding that hundreds of thousands of children trapped in besieged areas of the war-torn country,

March 10, 2014

The Arab ministers lauded the job that the army does to preserve stability and civil peace in Lebanon. (AFP/File)
08:56 GMT

The council of Arab foreign ministers said that they support Lebanon in its resistance to Israeli aggression, and that they would be help support the Lebanese government as it struggles to cope with the Syrian refugee crisis.

March 9, 2014

The nuns were kidnapped in December 2013 (File Archive)
15:00 GMT

Thirteen nuns from Syria's Maaloula who were kidnapped last year were released Sunday, according to pro-Syrian regime sources based in Lebanon.

A U.N official previously described the scenes coming out of Yarmouk as being "apocalyptic". (AFP/UNRWA/File)
07:46 GMT

"Chaos" and tension are reigning in Damascus' besieged Yarmouk refugee camp with the rebel groups and militants who have returned to the camp, a PLO official said.

Policemen were looking for members of the Resistance Brigades, a Hezbollah-affiliated group. (AFP/File)
07:05 GMT

Gunmen fired at a police patrol in southern Lebanon. The police were searching for wanted members of the Resistance Brigades.

March 6, 2014

The Syrian civil war has drawn both Hezbollah and Israel into the violence to various degrees. The border between Syria and Israel has remained relatively quiet, though there are fears of escalation due to continued and increasing hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel.(AFP/File)
17:49 GMT

A recent explosive defused by the IDF on the Israeli-Syrian border suggests Hezbollah and Israel may be heading for a larger confrontation.

The Syrian opposition does not want to negotiate with Hezbollah, who have been fighting alongside Assad's army. (AFP/File)
12:05 GMT

The Syrian opposition have rejected an offer put forward by a former U.S. Ambassador to Syria to negotiate with Hezbollah and other factions fighting alongside Syria's army.

ISIL have claimed responsibility for numerous suicide bombings inside Syria. (AFP/File)
11:43 GMT

A bomb exploded in Hama, Syria Thursday. Approximately five people were killed.

The Syria government delegation has been banned from moving more than 40 kilometers away from the U.N. headquarters in New York City (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
06:56 GMT

The United States has restricted the Syrian delegation from moving more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from U.N. headquarters during the group's visit this week.

Syria agreed to ship out its chemical weapons arsenal after the international community condemned the sarin attack on a Damascus suburb last April. (AFP/File)
06:46 GMT

March will be a “critical” month for Syria if it is to maintain its timetable for dismantling its chemical weapons arsenal, the U.N. official tasked with overseeing the mission said on Wednesday.