Lebanon & Syria

September 12, 2013

Two stray mortary shells from Syria hit the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday. Druze women from Israel watch mortar shells exploding in the Golan Heights in June. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

Two stray mortary shells fired from Syrian territory hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

Fabius, French Foreign Minister. said Thursday that the UN will publish its findings on Syria's use of chemical weapons on Monday. (AFP)
09:23 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced Thursday that the report from the UN chemical team investigating an alleged chemical weapons attack will 'probably' be published Monday.

September 11, 2013

An UN Commission has found the Assad regime responsible for eight massacres over the last year and a half. (AFP/File)
15:46 GMT

Evidence released by the UN Commission confirmed at least eight massacres have been perpetrated in Syria by President Bashar Assad’s regime over the last year and a half.

Newly arrived Syrian refugees coming from Alawite neighbourhood are pictured at the Pir Sultan Abdal Foundation which belongs to Turkish Alawite community. 107 Syrian refugees are set to be relocated to Germany from Lebanon. (AFP)
11:01 GMT

The UNHCR said on Wednesday that over 100 refugees are to be relocated to Hanover, Germany from Lebanon in a bid to offer them access to improved humanitarian care.

In a televised address, President Obama promised to pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria.
04:50 GMT

In a televised address from the Oval Office, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to explore a diplomatic initiative from Russia to neutralize Syria's chemical weapons.

September 10, 2013

A defector from the Syrian government claims he has evidence that Assad's government was directly responsible for the chemical attacks in Aleppo last March.
20:01 GMT

Even as the prospect of a military strike on Syria dimmed significantly, a forensic expert from the Syrian government came forward to say he has evidence about the chemical attacks.

 French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius gives a press conference on the situation in Syria, on September 10, 2013 at the ministry in Paris. (AFP)
13:15 GMT

France on Tuesday said it would submit a draft UN resolution that will allow Damascus to avoid military intervention if it puts its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.

A protester holds a poster burning on which is depicted former US president George W. Bush taking off a mask of current President Barack Obama during a demonstration of in Beirut. (AFP)
11:20 GMT

US President Obama dismissed threats made by Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and Iran that they would retaliate with force if the US launched a military on Syria.

US secretary of State John Kerry addresses a news conference in London. Kerry made a gaffe about Syria handing over their chemical weapons stockpiles, which could inadvertently lead to a breakthrough in the peace talks. (AFP)
09:00 GMT

After US Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently said that Syria could hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles in a bid to avoid US military action, Russia proposed the idea to the Syrian government

The United States appears to be willing to embrace a Russian diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.
05:22 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that a Russian plan for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control was “potentially positive”.

September 9, 2013

These are the videos the White House is using to persuade Congress to vote Yes on a military strike against Syria. Here, Syrians stand in a makeshift hospital caring for those affected by an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus on August 21. (AFP)
18:21 GMT

The majority of the American people and the US Congress are opposed to a military strike in Syria, and in a bid to sway opinion, the White House aired graphic videos of the chemical weapons attack to make a case for military action.

 Demonstrators raise portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad on September 8, 2013 in Brussels to protest against a potential military strike against Syria. (AFP)
13:58 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad, his brother Maher and an unnamed army general are the sole people in control of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.

 An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube by Shaam News Network on September 4, 2013 allegedly shows a rebel fighter firing a heavy machine gun during a battle in Maaloula. (AFP)
11:00 GMT

The Syrian army on Monday launched an offensive against rebel outposts outside the Christian-majority town of Maaloula, near Damascus, after Islamist Syrian rebels seized the town on Saturday.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (L) gives a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on September 9, 2013 following a meeting in Moscow. (AFP)
10:24 GMT

After talking with his Syrian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Washington that Damascus is ready to focus on peace talks, urging the US to consider a military strike on Syria.

Lebanese soldier blocks road leading to US Embassy in Beirut (Photo credit: AFP)
08:45 GMT

The US military strike on Syria could potentially close down Beirut's airport. Lebanon is preparing itself for a wide variety of eventualities.