Lebanon & Syria

December 30, 2013

Government airstrikes on Syria's second largest city for the past two weeks have left over 500 dead (File Archive/AFP)
07:31 GMT

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

Denmark has sent one sea vessel to assist in Syria's chemical weapons removal from Latakia (File Archive/AFP)
07:03 GMT

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.

A Lebanese soldier patrols in downtown Beirut (File Archive/AFP)
06:48 GMT

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.

Red Crescent workers evacuated starving residents from Damascus suburbs earlier this year (File Archive/AFP)
06:36 GMT

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

A Syrian refugee family covers their make shift home with plastic sheeting as a rain and cold weather front envelops the region, close to the southern Lebanese village of Sardah on December 29, 2013. [AFP]
18:09 GMT

In the 14th attack over the last year, rockets from Syria struck Ersal, a border-town in East Lebanon.

Syrian-Kurdish refugee women wait to fill up water containers at the Quru Gusik (Kawergosk) refugee camp, 20 kilometers east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. [AFP]
17:42 GMT

The United Nations said Sunday that it has completed the first aid airlift from Iraq to Syria.

The Omani pair were kidnapped near the historic city of Baalbek (Shutterstock)
11:20 GMT

Lebanon's Foreign Ministry announced Sunday that two Omani citizens who were kidnapped in eastern Lebanon earlier this week have been freed.

People gather in downtown Beirut Sunday to commemorate the life of former Minister Mohammad Chatah (Courtesy of the Daily Star)
10:58 GMT

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 man helps an injured man following an airstrike in Aleppo's Maadi neighborhood on December 17, 2013. [AFP]
15:31 GMT

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.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton. [Gettty Images]
15:19 GMT

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.

Members of the Norwegian navy special forces monitor the water around the Norwegian naval frigate 'Hnoms Helge Ingstad' off the Cypriot port city of Limassol on December 14, 2013. [Getty Images]
14:22 GMT

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.

Lebanese police forensic experts inspect the wreckage of a car at the site of a powerful car bomb explosion on December 28, 2013 that rocked central Beirut the previous day. [AFP]
12:40 GMT

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]
14:07 GMT

Lebanese security forces inspect the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013, killing Mohamed Chatah. [AFP]

Former Finance Minister Mohammad Shatah [thedailystar.com]
12:59 GMT

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.

Lebanese security forces and firefighters at the scene of a huge car bomb explosion that rocked central Beirut on December 27, 2013. [AFP]
12:13 GMT

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.