Lebanon & Syria

February 10, 2014

Civilians leave the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs ahead of being evacuated by United Nations (UN) staff to a safer location, on February 9, 2014. (AFP)
13:46 GMT

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.

A rebel fighter poses for a picture inside a building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 9, 2014.
12:57 GMT

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.

ISIL have even been rejected by Al Qaeda's chief, Ayman Al Zawahiri. It took three days of fierce clashes to oust ISIL from Deir Ezzor (AFP/File)
11:07 GMT

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.

A civilian in a wheel chair is aided by an armed man ahead of being evacuated by United Nations staff, from the besieged district of the central Syrian city of Homs to a safer location. (AFP)
06:35 GMT

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

Barrel bombs have killed hundreds of civilians in Aleppo including women and children (File Archive/AFP)
13:20 GMT

The Syrian government dropped more barrel bombs on Aleppo Sunday killing at least 11 people.

UN Aid workers finally entered Homs this weekend, but have been under attack since entering the besieged city (Bassel Tawil/AFP)
07:45 GMT

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

The Syrian government's Geneva II delegation is still reviewing last month's tumultuous talks. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT

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.

Barrel bombs are typically made from a barrel that has been filled with High Explosives, with possibly shrapnel and/or oil, and then dropped from a helicopter. Due to the large amount of explosives that can be packed into a barrel the resulting detonation can be devastating, Wikipedia's definition for barrel bomb says. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

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.

Syria's Aleppo has been the target of regime barrel bomb attacks and airstrikes since December 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
07:03 GMT

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.

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Shoueifat, south of the capital Beirut. [AFP]
05:56 GMT

A home being used as an arms cache was raided in Aydamoun exposing mortars, rockets and guns.

President Michel Sleiman receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam in Baabda on Wednesday. [DalatiNohra]
05:28 GMT

Expected to end next week, deliberations on forming Lebanon's new government are taking longer than citizens thought.

February 5, 2014

Assad has said he will not step down from his role as president of Syria, which is proving to be stumbling block in the Geneva peace talks. (AFP/File)
20:10 GMT

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said a peace conference in Geneva is the "only vehicle left" to engage Syrian leaders on political transition.

Fighters from Chechnya have boosted the rebel ranks with 14,000, the report said. (AFP/File)
17:12 GMT

Recent reports say that thousands of fighters from Chechnya and Saudi Arabia are battling against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The U.N. report detailed the "unspeakable suffering" of Syrian children. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

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.

Italy has offered one of its southern ports for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapon arsenal (Flippo Monteforte/AFP)
12:54 GMT

The Syrian government has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical arsenal.