Lebanon & Syria
November 7, 2013
Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that Syria has provided video and photographic evidence indicating that a chemical weapons site has been dismantled and abandoned. OPCW has accepted the footage as proof that 22 out of the 23 declared chemical production facilities in Syria have now been destroyed.
Syrian regime forces supported by Hezbollah fighters retook the rebel-controlled town of Sbeineh near Damascus Thursday.
Syria's opposition National Coalition said Wednesday that UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi must remain neutral after the envoy cited the opposition as "causing the new delays" to the peace talks. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad also publicly described Syria's conflict as comparable to Algeria's civil war.
AFP reports that eight people were killed in a bomb blast in Hijaz Square in Central Damascus. In addition, a further 50 were wounded.
November 6, 2013
A car bomb killed at least eight security personnel on Wednesday in an attack on a military intelligence building in the southern Syrian city of Suweida, which has been largely peaceful during the Syrian civil war.
Syrian rebels seized one of the largest arms depots located in the central Homs province Wednesday. However, Syrian security officials in Damascus denied the takeover, saying that "fighting was still underway."
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body responsible for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, told reporters that its funding for the mission will finish by the end of this month.
With skepticism about whether the Syrian government has been completely transparent about its chemical weapons stockpiles, accuracy checking is in full swing by OPCW officials.
The United States' embassy in Beirut has categorially denied reports that US officials have been engaging with "the terrorist organisation Hezbollah".
November 5, 2013
The proposed Geneva II peace conference hoped to end the conflict in Syria will not take place in November as originally hoped, according to Russia's Itar-Tass news agency.
A Lebanese minister on Monday criticized the Arab League for failing to properly respond to the growing humanitarian crisis of the thousands of Syrian refugees displaced across the Middle East.
Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency says a commander in its Revolutionary Guard has been killed in Syria.
November 4, 2013
The Turkish army seized a large amount of chemicals from a convoy attempting to illegally enter the country from Syria.
A mortar shell hit Damascus' ancient citadel late on Sunday evening, wounding several people as fighting between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad raged across the capital.
Syrian National Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba announced Sunday that the opposition would not attend peace talks in Geneva unless there is a clear timeframe for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to exit from office. Al-Jarba also said the opposition would not participate if Iran is at the table of discussions.