Lebanon & Syria
February 20, 2014
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Military showdowns are being prepared in Syria, rebel leaders say, after regime and opposition representatives failed to reach consensus in international peace talks last week in Geneva.
Syrian regime airplanes battered the southern city of Deraa, which lies close to the Jordanian borer, with barrel bombs on Tuesday. At least 18 people were killed, including four children.
February 18, 2014
At least seven civilians were reported dead Tuesday around Damascus from hunger and lack of medical care while rebel groups announced their plans to launch a "spring offensive" on the Syrian capital.
A human rights monitoring group has reported that Palestinian refugees from the Yarmouk camp are being tortured by the Syrian regime's intelligence, and that one man has died after being detained for five months.
Despite the official peace talks in Geneva failing to yield any progress, Syria's army and rebels on Monday based around Damascus began dialogue with one another, allowing aid and supplies to reach those who need it.
February 17, 2014
The EU has granted the U.N. chemical watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal around $16 million to ensure the stockpile is destroyed within the designated timeline
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Sunday that his party would fight on in Syria despite the wave of car bombings targeting predominantly Shiite areas in Lebanon controlled by the group.
Syria's Foreign Minister told reporters this week that the United States is to blame for the failure of the second round of peace talks that recently finished in Geneva last week.
In a speech made on Sunday night, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia is arming and funding terrorist groups across the Middle East.
Syrian regime forces continued to shell the town of Yabroud and the rest of the Qalamoun area over the weekend as part of an all-out assault on the rebel stronghold.