Lebanon & Syria
December 30, 2013
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.
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton has deplored the recent deadly car bombing in Lebanon, calling on the Lebanese to “join forces” to restore security in the country.
A deadline to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal will not be met, a Russian diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday, as the toxins have yet to be delivered to a Syrian port.
A key faction of Syria’s opposition accused the Syrian regime, Iran and Hezbollah of being behind the bomb attack that took place on Friday in Beirut, killing a prominent Lebanese politician.
December 27, 2013
Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah. [AFP]
The assassination of former Finance Minister and advisor to Hariri Mohammed Chatah drew widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum on Friday as officials and politicians mourned the loss of a “moderate” voice.
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri hinted Friday Hezbollah was behind the assassination of his senior aide, former minister Mohammad Shatah, saying the killing was another message to the March 14 coalition.