Lebanon & Syria
June 6, 2013
During a speech at the Arab League, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour said that the Syrian conflict had spilled over its borders and that any Lebanese fighters were engaged in self-defense
The Lebanese government is discussing plans to limit the number of refugees it receives from Syria
June 5, 2013
In an effort to bolster its numbers, the Syrian regime offered new recruits a 50 percent pay raise or government jobs on Tuesday. They also told recruits they could volunteer as well.
“The Syrian army totally controls the Qusayr region in Homs province after killing a large number of terrorists and capturing others,” the Syrian regime said on Wednesday.
June 4, 2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country had not yet delivered S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian government
Fighting in Qusayr - a strategic town near the Lebanon-Syria border - was attacked on Monday. A doctor said at least 300 people are said to be wounded.
June 3, 2013
Violence in Lebanon continues as one person was killed in overnight clashes in the northern city of Tripoli
Two men were arrested Sunday in the district of Zgharta when found transporting arms, including rocket-propelled grenades, in their car.
The floodwaters from the Syrian crisis rose higher in Lebanon Sunday, with Lebanese security sources reporting that for the first time fighting between Hezbollah and Syrian rebels had occurred on Lebanese soil.
With reports of up to 1,500 wounded citizens trapped in Qusair, Syria insisted Sunday that the Red Cross would not be allowed access to the strategic town until fighting was over.
Separate attacks targeting two journalists who have been covering the ongoing violence in the north drew condemnation from political and professional circles over the weekend.
June 2, 2013
Violence in Lebanon escalates as at least 12 Syrian rebels were killed in east Lebanon after they were ambushed by Hezbollah militants
Eastern Lebanon has been hit with two more rockets fired from Syria, as two shells hit the Bekaa Valley after more than a dozen were reported falling on the country on Saturday.
At least eight members of the Syrian security forces have been killed in an explosion in central Damascus
After the Palestinian movement Hamas sided with Sunni fighters in the Syrian civil war, Iran has cut its funding.