Lebanon & Syria
December 31, 2013
The United Nations called on the Syrian army and rebel fighters to allow urgent aid to reach a sieged community of Palestinians near Damascus who are dying from starvations while Syrian president Bashar Al Assad called for a "battle" against Saudi ideology.
Assad claims views against extremism in Islam faith while continuing to engage in internal country conflict.
December 30, 2013
Lebanese forces have fired on Syrian aircraft after the warplanes crossed into Lebanese airspace.
Details of the bombing which caused the death of Lebanese economist and diplomat, Mohammed Chatah, are emerging post blast.
Syrian warplanes dropped four rockets near the Lebanese border town Arsal on Monday.
Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba will meet with Russian officials in mid-January. Jarba had previously declined an invitation from Moscow in early December.
At least 19 rebel fighters have died from clashes with regime forces in eastern Saturday as fighting continues between the two groups to control the Deir Ezzor military airbase
The Danish-Norwegian flotilla responsible for removing Syria's chemical weapons is continuing to prepare for their weapon removal task ahead in Latakia. However, it is certain that the mission will not meet the anticipated Dec. 31 deadline.
Saudi Arabia is giving the Lebanese army a $3 billion aid grant to boost its forces. The deal represents the largest aid package given to Lebanon's armed forces' history.
Food supplies have finally reached the besieged suburb of Damascus, Moadamieh, but the aid is not enough to feed to starving residents. Rebels and regime fighters agreed to a rare truce earlier last week to allow the much-needed humanitarian supplies into the starving town.
December 29, 2013
In the 14th attack over the last year, rockets from Syria struck Ersal, a border-town in East Lebanon.
The United Nations said Sunday that it has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria.
Lebanon's Foreign Ministry announced Sunday that two Omani citizens who were kidnapped in eastern Lebanon earlier this week have been freed.
Hundreds of government officials and politicians gathered in Downtown Beirut Sunday to bid farewell to former Minister Mohammad Shatah who was killed in Friday's bombing in Lebanon's capital.
December 28, 2013
A Syrian government airstrike dropped explosive-packed barrels on a rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Saturday, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens, according to Reuters.