Lebanon & Syria

October 27, 2013

Lebanese army soldiers man a checkpoint on the road leading to Tripoli's Bab al-Tabbaneh sunni neighbourhood during clashes with Alawite, pro-Syrian President Bashar Assad, Jabal Mohsen neighbourhood. (AFP)
07:30 GMT

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has blamed the Syrian government for inciting the recent unrest in Tripoli that has left 10 people dead.

UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Iran following his meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that Tehran's participation in the proposed Geneva talks is "necessary" (AFP)
06:58 GMT

UN Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi told Tehran representatives Saturday that Iran's participation in peace talks in Geneva is "necessary."

Hezbollah fighters assisted regime forces in seizing the Lebanese border town al-Qusayr from rebel forces earlier this year (AFP/Getty Images)
06:11 GMT

Syrian opposition forces reported that at least fifteen Hezbollah fighters in the capital's Ghouta district were killed Saturday in clashes with rebel forces.

October 26, 2013

A Syrian refugee woman watches children playing close to the town of Semalka (Image credit: AFP)
09:01 GMT

A new report released by the U.N. says that Syria’s ongoing civil war has condemned over half the country's population to living in poverty.

A fighter of the Kurdish of the Kurdish Women's Defense Units (YPJ) sits on sand bags as she holds a position on the front line in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
08:35 GMT

Kurdish fighters in Syria have taken control of a crossing on the country’s eastern border with Iraq.

Members of jihadist group Al-Nusra Front take part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria. (Image credit: AFP)
06:45 GMT

Syrian state TV has said the leader of Syria’s Islamist militant group al-Nusra Front has been killed in the country’s coastal province on Friday.

October 24, 2013

The Syrian opposition had previously delayed their meeting in Istanbul in order to attend this past week's meeting in London with the "Friends of Syria" (AFP)
14:00 GMT

The Syrian opposition National Coalition told reporters Thursday that they will meet in Istanbul on November 9th to decide whether they will participate in the proposed Geneva peace talks.

Jihadists and Kurdish fighters have clashed on Syria's border with Iraq. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

Fierce clashes between Syrian Kurds and jihadists linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant clashed near Syria's Iraqi border overnight on Wednesday, according to activists on the ground in Syria.

An image grab from a YouTube video shows a huge blaze burning near what activists say is Damascus airport. The explosion which caused the blaze triggered a capital-wide blackout on Wednesday evening, which is only just being repaired. (YouTube)
09:14 GMT

Power is returning to several of Damascus' suburbs after a major explosion on a gas pipeline near the capital caused a city-wide power cut on Wednesday evening.

Jordan's King Abdullah and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed Jordan's willingness to support and facilitate a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis. (Photo courtesy of the Jordan Times/ The Jordanian Royal Court)
07:14 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi discussed Jordan's willingness to support and facilitate a comprehensive political solution to the Syrian crisis.

An alleged "terrorist" attack on a gas pipeline left Damascus in a blackout late Wednesday (Reuters)
06:49 GMT

Power cuts near Syria's international airport late Wednesday left the capital in a blackout. Government sources suggest that terrorists are responsible for the power outage. Fighting continued elsewhere in the country late Wednesday, while a government official told international reporters that "only Syrians" will choose the country's next leader.

October 23, 2013

Residents of the rebel-held East Ghouta area outside Damascus worry that the regime's blockade will soon make their living situation comparable to areas like Moadamiya, where a yearlong blockade has led to starvation, fatal illness and deplorable humanitarian conditions (Courtesy of Violations Documentation Center in Syria)
17:20 GMT

Syrian army forces sealed the last smuggling routes into the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus, and rebel groups in Homs clashes with the regime near Mahin in an attempt to capture a major weapons depot Wednesday.

Defense minister Moshe Ya'alon said that "we continue to maintain our red lines on Syria." The minister's comments coincided with reported Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese-Syrian border Wednesday (Courtesy of the Times of Israel)
13:49 GMT

Israel reconfirmed Wednesday that they would plan to prevent any transfer of military arms to militants in Syria, coinciding with a reported Israeli airstrike on the Syria-Lebanese border.

Abbas Hammoud, one of the nine Lebanese pilgrims held hostage in Syria for 17 months, is welcomed by his mother Mayla Aldurr upon his arrival at his home in the coastal city of Tyre in south Lebanon on October 20, 2013. On Wednesday, an activist announced that the Syrian authorities had released 14 women detained in the country as part of a hostage exchange deal. (AFP)
10:50 GMT

14 women who were being held in Syria have been released as part of the hostage exchange for two kidnapped Turkish pilots, a human rights activist said Wednesday.

A gunman carries a rifle as he runs in Tabbaneh area in Tripoli, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
07:45 GMT

One teenager died and several people -- including four soldiers -- were wounded after clashes broke out in Lebanon's north-western city of Tripoli.