Lebanon & Syria

December 2, 2013

Syrian rebels published  a photo of the ID card of an alleged pro-Assad Russian officer. [alarabyah.net]
16:46 GMT

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.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay gives a press conference on December 2, 2013 at the United Nations offices in Geneva.[ AFP/ Fabrice Coffrini]
16:23 GMT

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. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

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 US Naval ship the Cape Ray [not pictured] is being equipped with hydrolysis equipment so that it can destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea. [US naval ships sail in the Mediterranean Sea. AFP/File]
06:14 GMT

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

An air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. [Mohammad Al-Khattib/AFP]
18:52 GMT

A wave of regime airstrikes on a northern Syrian town has killed 50 people in two days, a monitoring group said.

People run for cover from sniper fire in the Lebanese northern coastal city of Tripoli on December 1, 2013. [AFP]
15:34 GMT

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.

Regime airstrikes targeting a rebel compound left 26 dead Saturday after the attack missed its target and hit the nearby Nafasin market (Mohammed Al Khatieb/AFP)
10:38 GMT

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.

According to Prime Minister Wael Halki, Syria is winning the war against "terrorism". (AFP/File)
06:24 GMT

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.

Jordanian soldiers watch over Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country after they crossed into Jordanian territory with their families from Syria into Jordan. [haaretz]
04:40 GMT

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 on board a U.S. navy vessel much like these boats in the Mediterranean Sea. (AFP/File)
15:39 GMT

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.

Rebels and civilians carry the body of a man killed after an air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. (AFP)
15:13 GMT

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.

Four people were killed on Saturday as sectarian-fuelled violence engulfed Tripoli. (AFP)
14:46 GMT

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

Rebels and civilians carry the body of a man killed after an air strike by pro-government forces on the Syrian city of Aleppo on November 28, 2013. [AFP]
11:47 GMT

Many were killed by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters after they stormed Deir Attiyeh, according to Sham activist network

A displaced Syrian child walks through a camp with a jug of water in a makeshift camp for Syrian refugees only miles from the border with Syria in the Bekaa Valley on November 12, 2013 in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. [Spencer Platt/ Getty Images]
11:32 GMT

Most of the 680 small shops at Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp employ children, the U.N. says

November 28, 2013

Syria's northern city of Raqa has been under control of the rebels since the beginning of the war (AP)
10:37 GMT

Syrian opposition and regime fighters clashed in Damascus Thursday, with the Syrian army recapturing Deir Attiyeh less than a week after rebels seized the strategic town.