Lebanon & Syria

March 4, 2014

Regime warplanes have caused devastation across Syria - now its Lebanon's turn. Here, a Syrian man runs for cover as smoke rises from buildings nearby following a reported bombing attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
06:43 GMT

Proving that the Syrian conflict is increasingly spilling over into Lebanon's borders, Syrian warplanes dropped 18 missiles onto the outskirts of Bekaa border town Arsal and nearby areas on Monday.

Hezbollah said that Israel had lied about reports it hit a weapons shipment traveling into Syria from Lebanon. (AFP/File)
06:31 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday denied reports that Israel had bombed and destroyed a shipment of weapons traveling into Syria last week.

March 3, 2014

Hezbollah fighters have been supporting Syrian regime troops and vowed last month to remain involved in the conflict despite calls for the Lebanese-based group to withdraw from the neighboring conflict (File Archive)
12:29 GMT

Hezbollah is experiencing a surge in recruits wanting to fight in Syria in support of Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, according to statements this week.

Relatives mourn over the coffin of Elias Khoury an officer in the Lebanese army who was killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint at the entrace to Hermel in eastern Lebanon, near the border with Syria. (AFP)
09:30 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to be in Paris this week for a discussion of the spillover of the Syria conflict and its impact on Lebanon, but the ongoing crisis in Ukraine is set to dominate the discussion.

A Sufi shrine was destroyed in Tel Marouf, a northern Syrian village largely inhabited by Kurds. (AFP)
07:23 GMT

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have attacked the Kurdish-dominated northern Syrian village of Tel Marouf and destroyed a Sufi shrine belonging to Sheikh Khaznawi.

U.N. photos released last week show apocalyptic scenes of the Yarmouk refugee camp (File Archive)
05:00 GMT

The truce in the Palestinian camp of Yarmouk in southern Damascus was broken Sunday with shelling and firefights enveloping the area.

March 2, 2014

Regime air strikes have reduced cities like Aleppo to mere rubble (Baraa Al Halabi/AFP)
09:40 GMT

Government air strikes have left at least 13 people dead in a small town on Syria's Turkish border.

March 1, 2014

Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah. (AFP/File)
17:19 GMT

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, met with an Iranian parliamentary member in Lebanon this weekend.

Suicide bombings are on the rise in Lebanon. Abdullah Azzam Brigades have claimed responsibility for most of the attacks. (AFP/File)
13:42 GMT

The Lebanese government shut down two gas centers after receiving intelligence that the facilities may be the target of a terrorist attack.

February 28, 2014

Hezbollah's role in the Syrian conflict is seen by some as an extension of Iran's role in the region. Israeli airstrikes have in the past hit weapon convoys inside Syria, though the Assad regime failed to respond militarily. Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah recently reaffirmed his groups participation in Syria amid deadly car bombings in Lebanon that threatened to pull the country further into the Syrian conflict. (AFP/File)
09:20 GMT

Samir Gaega, Lebanon's Forces leader, comes out publicly against Hezbollah's position in Syria after an Israeli airstrike inside Lebanon on Monday.

January proved to be the deadliest month yet in the two year old Syria civil war, with almost 6,000 killed. Over 130,000 people have died thus far in the conflict.  (AFP/File)
07:17 GMT

Members of the Syrian National Coalition claim that those ambushed by Damascus in a recent attack were for the most part civilians looking to escape a siege in a nearby area.

February 27, 2014

The Lebanese army has been deployed to Tripoli to restore peace between rival neighborhoods on several ocassions (File Archive/AFP)
12:06 GMT

Unidentified militants threw hand grenades and exchanged gunfire near an army post in Tripoli late Wednesday, leaving one injured as the security situation continues to deteriorate in the restive Lebanese city.

A suicide bomb exploded near Iran's Embassy in Beirut in late 2013. The Lebanese based Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility. (AFP/File)
08:24 GMT

Nidal Sweiden was arrested by the Lebanese army for his involvement in recent bombings.

The August 2013 chemical attack is considered the world's deadliest in the past 25 years (File Archive/AFP)
08:11 GMT

The Syrian regime has agreed to a new April deadline for its chemical weapons removal after failing to meet previous December and February deadlines.

According to Washington, the Syrian government has been arresting and rounding up relatives of the Genava II peace talks opposition delegation. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

The United States on Wednesday accused the Syrian government of undermining the Geneva peace talks by rounding up and arresting the relatives of opposition delegates, adding that Russia is amping up its assistance to President Bashar Assad.