Lebanon & Syria

December 27, 2013

More than 50 people were wounded from Friday morning's bomb explosion in central Beirut (Anwar Amro/AFP)
11:05 GMT

Explosions shook the Lebanese capital Friday after a car bomb exploded in central Beirut, killing five and wounding 50. Former Lebanese adviser to the former PM Saad Hariri, Mohammad Shattah was killed in the explosion,

December 26, 2013

This is a photograph of the alleged Nusra leader Al Golani (File Archive/AFP)
07:31 GMT

Letters provided to reporters Wednesday indicate that Syria's Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has been plotting to kidnap UN workers.

Approximately 3,800 residents were evacuated from Moadamiyet Al Sham in October (File Archive/AFP)
07:02 GMT

Regime and rebel forces reached a landmark truce Wednesday in a besieged town close to Damascus that will allow aid agencies to deliver supplies to starving civilians starting Thursday.

December 24, 2013

Rescuers climb on the rubble of a destroyed building following an airstrike in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on December 24, 2013. Syrian warplanes have killed more than 330 people in a nine-day bombing campaign. [AFP]
19:07 GMT

After an eight-day bombing campaign against rebels in Aleppo, the US has condemned regime forces for their actions.

Muslim scholars have accused jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of acting against Syria's interests and committing human rights abuses. (AFP/File)
10:51 GMT

Seven leading organizations representing Muslim scholars have issued a statement in which they condemn hardline jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) of commiting human rights abuses.

Bodies of victims from an airstrike on the Maadi neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are seen on the ground wrapped in shrouds on December 17, 2013. This picture was taken on the third day of the bombing campaign - it is now entering its ninth. (AFP)
09:39 GMT

The Syrian opposition are threatening to pull out of January's peace talks in Geneva if the Western world does not stop the Syrian government continue their nine-day bombing campaign on the northern city of Aleppo.

December 23, 2013

Hezbollah fighters ambushed members of Syria's Nusra Front this weekend (File Archive/AFP)
13:53 GMT

Hezbollah ambushed Syrian Nusra fighters this weekend in east Lebanon, killing at least 32 according to reports Monday.

Mortar shells have been used throughout the Syrian civil war by both regime and rebels, causing major destruction to towns and cities both in Syria and the country's borderlands (File Archive/AFP)
10:46 GMT

Mortar fire from Syria struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Monday.

A Danish and a Norwegian vessel will transport the chemical weapons from Latakia to a U.S. vessel for final destruction (File Archive//AFP)
10:37 GMT

Russia has sent an additional 25 armored trucks and 50 other vehicles to Syria Monday to help Damascus transport its chemical weapons out of the country for destruction.

Up to 240 Britons are believed to be in Syria (Shutterstock)
08:02 GMT

Fighters in Syria that hold British citizenship were stripped of their UK nationality this week due to their engagement in the 33-month old civil war.

December 22, 2013

Syrian children search for their belongings at a school following airstrikes by Syrian government forces on December 22, 2013 in the northern Syrian city of Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo. [AFP]
17:26 GMT

Syrian government helicopters have bombed a district of Aleppo, killing at least 25 people, as fighting for the country's second city rages.

Many members of the so-called tolerated opposition group, National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, have been arrested and detained in recent weeks (Khaled Desouki/AFP)
11:28 GMT

Syrian security forces released a regime-tolerated opposition member Sunday while a car bomb in Homs killed 7.

December 21, 2013

Syrians search for survivors amidst the rubble following an airstrike in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo on December 17, 2013. [AFP]
12:02 GMT

Syrian regime forces are raining death on Aleppo, killing hundreds of people in air strikes that were either "criminally" indiscriminate or "deliberately" aimed at civilians, a rights group said Saturday.

December 20, 2013

Arab League-United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi addresses a news conference after a meeting on Syria at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva Dec. 20, 2013. [AFP]
17:54 GMT

Negotiators have failed to reach an agreement on whether Iran should be invited to Syria peace talks in Geneva next month, U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said Friday.

Israeli soldiers patrol the border with Lebanon in the northern Israeli area of Metulla, Friday, May 11, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
17:01 GMT

The Lebanese soldier behind the recent killing of an Israeli soldier had probably only planned to deter his victim from engaging in “provocative and indecent” acts on the border, a local Lebanese newspaper reported Friday.