Lebanon & Syria
February 10, 2014
As the U.N. finished evacuating some 700 people from the besieged city of Homs over the weekend, a fresh round of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition began in Switzerland.
At least 21 civilians and 20 pro-regime fighters were killed in an Alawite village in Syria's Hama province on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were ousted from Syria's eastern province of Deir Ezzor on Monday after a hard three-day battle with Islamist rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.
Some 1,800 residents remain trapped in a blockaded area of Homs as the U.N. struggles to evacuate the city's besieged residents, 700 of whom have been removed from Homs since Friday.
February 9, 2014
The Syrian government dropped more barrel bombs on Aleppo Sunday killing at least 11 people.
The U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos vowed Saturday to "keep pushing to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syria's neediest" despite recent attacks on aid convoys near Homs
February 6, 2014
An official close to Syrian President Bashar Assad said that the regime has still not decided whether or not it will attend the second round of peace talks, which are due to take place next week.
Pro-Syrian opposition media site Halab News said that since the regime started barrel bombing the northern city of Aleppo, more than 1,500 families had tried to flee to rebel held areas across Syria and that a "refugee crisis" was taking place.
Syrian opposition leader told reporters Wednesday that rebels would soon receive advanced weapons in their fight against fringe Islamist extremist groups like ISIL. U.S. Secretary of State also admitted Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's regime is making gains against the opposition.
A home being used as an arms cache was raided in Aydamoun exposing mortars, rockets and guns.
Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.
February 5, 2014
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.
Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
A new United Nations report has slammed both sides warring in Syria for the abuse and distress they have inflicted upon children during the nearly three-year-old conflict.
The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.