Lebanon & Syria
June 3, 2013
The floodwaters from the Syrian crisis rose higher in Lebanon Sunday, with Lebanese security sources reporting that for the first time fighting between Hezbollah and Syrian rebels had occurred on Lebanese soil.
With reports of up to 1,500 wounded citizens trapped in Qusair, Syria insisted Sunday that the Red Cross would not be allowed access to the strategic town until fighting was over.
Separate attacks targeting two journalists who have been covering the ongoing violence in the north drew condemnation from political and professional circles over the weekend.
June 2, 2013
Violence in Lebanon escalates as at least 12 Syrian rebels were killed in east Lebanon after they were ambushed by Hezbollah militants
Eastern Lebanon has been hit with two more rockets fired from Syria, as two shells hit the Bekaa Valley after more than a dozen were reported falling on the country on Saturday.
At least eight members of the Syrian security forces have been killed in an explosion in central Damascus
After the Palestinian movement Hamas sided with Sunni fighters in the Syrian civil war, Iran has cut its funding.
June 1, 2013
Four rockets fired from Syria landed in the eastern district of Bekaa in Lebanon on Saturday, causing no causalities, further embroiling Lebanon in Syria's bitter civil war.
US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Russia to stop arming the Syrian regime with weapons, warning that it may significantly extend the civil war.
The Lebanese Parliament extended its term by 17 months on Friday, for the first time in decades, as the Syrian crisis has an increasingly greater impact on the country.
May 30, 2013
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is set to meet on Sunday so that member states may discuss the possibilities of putting Lebanese Shi'ite movement Hezbollah on the list of terror organisations, in light of its involvement in the Syrian civil war.
Najib Mikati, Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister, announced on Wednesday that he wants to return to the National Dialogue in Lebanon, in the face of increasing violence in the country as the Syrian civil war encroaches on Lebanon.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the government has already received the first shipment of advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles from Russia
The US State Department called for an immediate withdrawal of all Hezbollah fighters from Syria, as reports emerged that rebels had lost the strategic Dabaa air base to forces loyal to Assad
May 29, 2013
Anmar al-Hmoud, spokesman for Higher Committee for Syrian Refugees in Jordan says that almost 60,000 have returned to Syria from Jordan