Lebanon & Syria

November 4, 2013

Fierce clashes raged across the suburbs of Damascus as a mortar shell hit the capital's ancient citadel. In this picture, released by SANA,  a man inspects a damaged car close to a textile plant which was hit by a mortar shell in an attack on the al-Dweila neighbourhood of southeast Damascus on November 3, 2013.(AFP/SANA)
06:40 GMT

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 opposition Coalition president Ahmad al-Jarba said that the opposition would not enter the talks "unless it is with dignity, and unless there is a successful transfer of power with a specific time frame, and without the occupier Iran at  the negotiating table" (Courtesy of Francois Mori/AP)
05:53 GMT

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.

November 3, 2013

King Abdullah II urged the international community to support Jordan in its efforts in the Syrian crisis. [ammonnews]
09:22 GMT

King Abdullah II commented on the seriousness of the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Jordan.

Lakhdar Brahimi is an Algerian United Nations envoy and adviser, and since August 2012. [guim.co]
07:12 GMT

Brahimi criticized for playing both sides in Geneva II meeting to discuss peaceful efforts to move forward for Syria.

Tensions between Tripoli's neighbourhoods have reached tipping point as a result of the spillover of the Syrian crisis. (AFP/File)
07:03 GMT

Violence has swept Tripoli as tensions between the Alawite-majority Tripoli neighbourhood of Jabal Mohsen and Sunni-dominated Zahriyeh left three Alawites beaten and wounded over the weekend.

October 31, 2013

The picture shows a damaged vehicle after a bomb went off in the Western Bekaa Valley, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. [The Daily Star/Stringer]
19:29 GMT

Two people arrested for suspected involvement in a bomb that exploded near an Army Intelligence post in east Lebanon

Syrian civilians evacuate the war-battered suburb of Damascus, Moadamiyet al-Sham, with the help of the Social Affairs Ministry, as fighting between pro-government troops and rebel fighters continues in districts of the capital. [AFP/Getty Images]
19:16 GMT

International Amnesty is calling for international support to help Jordan end its border restriction on Syrian refugees.

Smoke rises from shell explosions in the Syrian village of al-Jamlah. Photo: [REUTERS/Baz Ratner]
16:14 GMT

A syrian air defense base was reportedly destroyed early Thursday in missile attack, Lebanese and Syrian media say Israel is behind the attack.

After inspecting 21 out of the 23 chemical production facilities, OPCW announced in a statement that it "is satisfied [it] has verified, and seen destroyed, all declared critical production/mixing/filling equipment [in Syria]" (EPA)
10:48 GMT

The UN chemical watchdog, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told reporters Thursday that is "satisfied" that is has verified and destroyed all chemical arm production equipment and facilities in Syria.

ISIL's Abu Abdulrahman told reporters that Al-Qaeda recruits must first prove they are "a good Muslim" and "not a spy" before they are allowed to enter the Turkish safe houses (Courtesy of World Crunch)
08:30 GMT

Al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL representative Abu Abdulrahman told reporters about how al-Qaeda recruits are arriving in Turkish bordertown safehouses before entering Syria to fight the Free Syrian Army.

Geneva I, the meeting that led to potential Geneva II peace talks for Syria between Russia and the US.  [telegraph]
08:17 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns of the crucial need for Syria to participate in peace talks in what is being called Geneva II.

Lebanese Army patrolling borders in the region. [newstribe]
06:39 GMT

Three people were arrested after a a van from Syria was seized at an East Lebanon checkpoint.

Two injured men are transported on a fruit barrow in the Syria, following a shelling. (Image credit: AFP)
04:52 GMT

Six people were killed as the Syrian army shelled a neighborhood in Damascus.

October 30, 2013

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 21, 2013, shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview. (Image credit: AFP)
17:22 GMT

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who met with United Nations envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, said the success of peace talks was tied to “stopping support for terrorist groups.”

In darkness, Syrian refugees stream across country borders. [Reuters]
12:20 GMT

Fifty Syrian refugees are dead from malnutrition after being stuck at Jordanian border due to ongoing shelling in the area.