Lebanon & Syria

November 25, 2013

Bodies of children killed in the August chemical attacks lie in a makeshift morgue in Damascus on August 22, 2013. A recent study shows that 11,420 children have died in the Syrian conflict so far (AFP/File)
05:52 GMT

A report conducted by the Oxford Research Group has found that 11,420 children have been killed in the Syrian conflict since it began in March 2011, with explosive weapons causing over 70 percent of the deaths.

The scene of devastation in Beirut last week after two suicide bombers hit the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital. Hezbollah is to blame for such terrorist acts, former PM Saad Hariri said Sunday.
04:00 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Shiite group Hezbollah and its involvement in the Syrian crisis for the infiltration of terrorism into Lebanon, days after two suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in the Beirut suburbs.

November 24, 2013

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed Sunday's nuclear deal with Iran as a "historic mistake". (AFP/File)
14:09 GMT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slammed the six-month deal secured in Geneva to halt Iran's nuclear program a "historic mistake", reiterating that Israel maintains the right to defend itself against all threats.

Damascus' Ghouta region that has been under regime siege for months, was also targeted in the August chemical attacks (File Archive/AFP)
10:34 GMT

The Syrian regime "welcomed" Iran's deal with world powers on its nuclear program Sunday as fighting between regime and rebel troops in Syria's capital left more than 70 people dead.

People walk past the rubble of buildings that were reportedly destroyed during regime air strikes in Aleppo city's eastern Tariq al-Bab district on November 23, 2013. Alongside destruction inside Syria, Lebanese towns have also been the target of regime planes. (AFP)
05:38 GMT

Warplanes belonging to the Syrian government on Saturday bombarded the Lebanese border town of Arsal with rockets. No injuries were reported.

November 22, 2013

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. [naharnet]
14:29 GMT

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman warned Thursday that Hezbollah's actions in Syria endanger Lebanon.

November 21, 2013

Rajaa Nasser, pictured right, was arrested Thursday prior to his scheduled trip to Moscow on Nov. 26 to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Courtesy of Al-Monitor)
12:58 GMT

Syrian opposition leader Rajaa Nasser was arrested by government police days before he was scheduled to leave for talks in Moscow.

Syria's government will no longer allow Arab nationals to enter the war-torn country without a visa (Omar Ibrahim/Reuters)
07:19 GMT

Two suicide bombers detonated near the town of Nabk on the Lebanese border to halt regime gains in the strategic area. The Syrian government also announced Wednesday that it will tighten its border policies for Arab nationals in efforts to curb Islamists from entering Syria to support opposition groups from toppling the regime.

November 20, 2013

Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, said Wednesday that the suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut were from the same group that tried to assassinate him. (Image courtesy of SaidaOnline)
15:34 GMT

Nabih Berri, the speaker of the Lebanese parliament, said Wednesday that the suicide bombers who attacked the Iranian embassy in Beirut were from the same group that tried to assassinate him.

Syrians who fled recent violence in the mountainous Qalamoun region, waiting to be registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on November 19, 2013 in Arsal. [Getty Images]
13:31 GMT

The U.N. confirmed Wednesday that 2,200 Syrian families have arrived in the east Lebanon border town of Arsal in the past five days.

The suicide bombers reportedly detonated at a checkpoint manned by regime forces in Qara (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)
12:23 GMT

Two car bombs targeting regime forces near the Lebanese border in Qalamoun Wednesday have killed at least seven soldiers.

Syrian government representatives will not attend any proposed Geneva II conference if they are expected to relinquish their power, President Assad shared with Lebanese reporters Wednesday (File Archive/AFP)
11:44 GMT

In the latest act that has undermined the proposed Geneva II peace talks to end the war in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad told a Lebanese daily Wednesday that "there is no need [for us] to go [to Geneva]" if the Syrian opposition National Coalition expects us to relinquish power."

The UN report is "careful not to assign blame" for atrocities in Syria, but does seem to fully blame the government for the August chemical weapon attacks (File Archive/AFP)
08:08 GMT

UN General Assembly's vote Tuesday that demands immediate humanitarian access to Syrians trapped in the country as part of siege tactics blames both sides for the acts of violence, but comes close to blaming the regime for the use of chemical weapons in August.

People gather near the site of the bombing Tuesday (Ahmad Omar/AP)
07:01 GMT

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman is working to ensure that Tuesday's bombings in the capital do not pull the country further into regional turmoil, but the politicization surrounding the blasts has the potential to divide factions in the government and on the street.

Private Gulf money has been a major source of funding for extremist rebel groups like the al-Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (File Archive/AFP)
05:41 GMT

Kuwaiti officials are denying that money from the Gulf country is flowing to the war-torn country of Syria to fund extremist rebel groups. However, a New York Times report issued earlier this week suggests otherwise.