Lebanon & Syria
December 3, 2013
Syrian rebels retake historical Christian town of Maaloula. Several nuns are believed to have been taken hostage - sources are still unclear whether they were taken as an act of violence or taken to be protected.
December 2, 2013
Lebanon decided Monday to give the Army the right to administer the northern city of Tripoli as a military zone for a six-month period in a bid to end deadly clashes there linked to the Syria conflict.
Syrian rebel fighters have published a photo of the ID card of an alleged Russian officer who they say was killed while fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al- Assad’s forces in Aleppo.
The U.N. human rights chief said Monday there was mounting evidence that Syrian government officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, are responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri has put forward a plan that will restore stability in the troubled northern city of Tripoli, which includes deploying the Lebanese army in the violence-struck town.
The U.S. government has begun preparing the ship Cape Ray so that it can destroy the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal at sea, in conjunction with OPCW.
December 1, 2013
A wave of regime airstrikes on a northern Syrian town has killed 50 people in two days, a monitoring group said.
Fighting in Tripoli between supporters and opponents of Syria's Assad regime raged Saturday night and carried on Sunday as the death toll reached twelve with dozens more wounded.
A mortar shell hit a French school in Damascus Sunday and government airstrikes targeting a rebel stronghold in Aleppo Saturday has left at least 26 dead. No deaths were reported in the Damascus shelling.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael Halki announced that President Bashar Assad is winning the war against the rebels and that "the era of victory is being created on Syrian soil" during a state visit to Iran.
Civilians were killed crossing the Jordanian-Syrian border increasing death toll of the number of refugees by ten.
November 30, 2013
The international chemical weapons watchdog on Saturday confirmed that the U.S. will destroy the most dangerous of Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpile at sea.
Government shelling of a small market near Aleppo in northern Syria killed at least six civilians on Saturday as watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that opposition forces re-entered the Christian-majority town of Maaloula.
Three civilians, including a teenager, were killed in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Saturday as Syrian-linked clashes broke out across the restive city.
November 29, 2013
Many were killed by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters after they stormed Deir Attiyeh, according to Sham activist network