Lebanon & Syria

December 16, 2013

In June, clashes between Lebanese Army and Assir supporters in Sidon left 18 soldiers and dozens of Assir's allies dead (File Archive/AFP)
05:22 GMT

Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.

The World Food Programme served approximately 3.5 million people in Syria in 2013 (Safin Hamed/AFP)
05:06 GMT

UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.

December 15, 2013

UK Foreign secretary, William Hague attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital, Manama. [AFP]
17:48 GMT

After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.

U.N. aid deliveries to Syria will help feed more than 6,000 Syrian families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance until the end of December. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.

The recent snow has done little to stop the fighting between Syrian rebel and regime forces (Medo Halab/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.

Fighting in Syria's Aleppo has continued despite the snow (Medo Halab/AFP)
06:14 GMT

Rebel sources told reporters this weekend that Syria's Islamic Front will meet with US officials in Turkeys over the upcoming days.

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday that his country has "doubts" on the proposed Geneva II talks being a successful way to end the Syria conflict (Martin Bureau/AFP)
05:20 GMT

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters this weekend that his country is "pessimistic" over the proposed Geneva II talks to end the crisis in Syria.

A coalition of Syrian rebel groups have reported that more than ever, they are fighting against Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria, not just troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. (AFP/File)
05:12 GMT

A coalition of Syrian rebel groups have reported that more than ever, they are fighting against Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria, not just troops loyal to President Bashar Assad.

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta recently visited Lebanon's refugee communities (Anwar Amro/AFP)
04:00 GMT

Italy announced this weekend that it will give Beirut funding for its Syrian refugees and will also support to the Lebanese Army through a conference next year.

December 14, 2013

The Danish vessel that will be used to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arrived in Cyprus Saturday (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP)
18:14 GMT

The Danish task force began preparations Saturday in Cyprus to remove the first part of Syria's chemical arms stockpile.

Snow blanketed Syria earlier this week, but fighting has continued in several areas such as Adra (AFP)
16:01 GMT

A Syrian rebel commander from the Suqur Al Sham brigades, reportedly froze to death Saturday.

The abducted Syria nuns appeared on television Dec. 6 (Courtesy of the Daily Star/Al-Jazeera TV)
13:08 GMT

Syrian activists told reporters Saturday that the Syrian government is still under negotiation with rebels to ensure the release of Greek Orthodox nuns that were kidnapped last week.

December 12, 2013

Snow covers the ground outside tents supplied by the UNHCR for Syrian refugee families in al-Marj, in the eastern Lebanese Bekaa Valley, on January 9, 2013 (AFP/File, Hassan Jarah)
06:13 GMT

The UK has announced that it will provide an addition $40 million for Syrian refugees for "winter assistance" as the weather across the Middle East worsens.

The Lebanese army will be deployed in Tripoli for six months in a bid to calm sectarian tensions. (AFP/File)
05:22 GMT

Two residents of Tripoli's Jabal Mohsen district were shot as sectarian tension - largely fuelled by the nearby Syrian conflict - gripped the northern city.

December 11, 2013

Free Syria Army fighters man a position in the city of Aleppo on Sept. 16, 2012. [AFP]
20:59 GMT

Syria regime accuses Gulf countries, notably Saudi Arabia, of contributing in large part to killing of Syrians and destruction of their country.