Lebanon & Syria

December 17, 2013

Syrian regime forces launched fresh air raids on Aleppo Sunday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
05:20 GMT

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told reporters late Monday that the Geneva II dialogue aimed to end the conflict in Syria cannot begin until a cease-fire is declared in the country.

One of Hezbollah's top commanders, Ali Bazzi, was killed in Syria last week (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP)
05:01 GMT

A car bomb exploded at dawn Tuesday in eastern Lebanon near a Hezbollah position.

December 16, 2013

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) troops stand guard at the Ras al-Naqura checkpoint on the Lebanese-Israeli border on December 16, 2013 following crossfire between Israeli and Lebanese forces the previous evening. [AFP]
21:03 GMT

Lebanese leaders condemned the death of a soldier who was killed after two suicide bomb attacks in Sidon.

The UN sent its first humanitarian aid airlift into Syria Sunday and is planning to send another one within the next twelve days (Safin Hamed/AFP)
12:29 GMT

The United Nations is seeking $6.5 billion for 16 million people that have been affected by the conflict in Syria.

The Danish vessel that will be used to remove Syria's chemical weapons from Latakia arrived in Cyprus last week (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Italy has agreed to allow vessels carrying Syrian chemical weapons to use one of its ports to carry out the weapons destruction at sea.

US Secretary of State told reporters late Sunday that the US will resume non-lethal assistance to Syria "very quickly" (File Archive/AFP)
07:18 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters late Sunday that he expects the US to resume non-lethal aid shipments to Syria "very quickly."

The Aleppo Media Center reported that at least 25 bombs were dropped on the Syrian city Sunday (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
05:35 GMT

At least 37 people have now died from regime air raids on Syria's Aleppo Sunday. Two representatives from Syria's Islamist rebel group faction also told reporters that proposed meetings between their coalition and the United States are false.

In June, clashes between Lebanese Army and Assir supporters in Sidon left 18 soldiers and dozens of Assir's allies dead (File Archive/AFP)
05:22 GMT

Two army checkpoint attacks in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon left an army first sergeant and four militants dead Sunday evening.

The World Food Programme served approximately 3.5 million people in Syria in 2013 (Safin Hamed/AFP)
05:06 GMT

UN agencies and NGOs announced that they will launch what they hope will be the biggest campaign for Syria Monday to raise much-needed funding to aid internally-displaced and refugees from the conflict.

December 15, 2013

UK Foreign secretary, William Hague attends the 9th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Regional Security Summit in the Bahraini capital, Manama. [AFP]
17:48 GMT

After Assad tricked EU governments into releasing millions in funds, Britain has tightened sanctions blocking assets to the Syrian regime.

U.N. aid deliveries to Syria will help feed more than 6,000 Syrian families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance until the end of December. (AFP/File)
16:16 GMT

On Sunday, the United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria from Iraq, amid announcements that it plans to supply more food and winter supplies - such as blankets and medicine - to the Kurdish northeast in the coming 12 days.

The recent snow has done little to stop the fighting between Syrian rebel and regime forces (Medo Halab/AFP)
12:01 GMT

Air raids in Syria's Aleppo left 15 people dead in rebel-held areas of the city, and continued fighting in Adra has left 28 dead thus far.

Fighting in Syria's Aleppo has continued despite the snow (Medo Halab/AFP)
06:14 GMT

Rebel sources told reporters this weekend that Syria's Islamic Front will meet with US officials in Turkeys over the upcoming days.

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday that his country has "doubts" on the proposed Geneva II talks being a successful way to end the Syria conflict (Martin Bureau/AFP)
05:20 GMT

France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters this weekend that his country is "pessimistic" over the proposed Geneva II talks to end the crisis in Syria.

A coalition of Syrian rebel groups have reported that more than ever, they are fighting against Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria, not just troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. (AFP/File)
05:12 GMT

A coalition of Syrian rebel groups have reported that more than ever, they are fighting against Islamic extremists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria, not just troops loyal to President Bashar Assad.