Lebanon & Syria

August 12, 2014

The voting session has been postponed to September 2 according to spokesman Mohammad Ballout (File/AFP)
11:37 GMT

Lebanese lawmakers failed in a tenth attempt to elect a new president Tuesday, prompting Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone voting till September 2.

Saad Hariri promised to help reconstruct schools, hospitals and "necessary projects" across Arsal (File/AFP)
08:05 GMT

Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri donated $15 million to help reconstruct the besieged border town of Arsal following heavy clashes between the army and militants.

August 11, 2014

Syrian refugees rest on the roadside close to the Lebanon border, August 8, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:10 GMT

Lebanese authorities Monday said they would consider closing the border with Syria to reduce the number of refugees entering the country.

Lebanese soldiers secure a street in Arsal, following swift battles with militants, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:55 GMT

Families of soldiers kidnapped in Lebanon's border town Arsal staged a protest Sunday demanding their release as negotiations between the government and militants continue.

August 9, 2014

Ex-MP Hariri says Lebanon will use Saudi grant to bulk up security and stability forces against the looming threat of militant attacks and to address growing Syrian refugee needs. (AFP/File)
17:24 GMT

Hariri met with several foreign envoys Saturday, including US and Canadian ambassadors and representatives from European Union, to address how Lebanon planned to 'fight terrorism' and assist armed forced with the $1 billion Saudi grant offered to the Lebanese Army earlier this week.

The Lebanese army has regained control of checkpoints outside Arsal, but have yet to negotiate the release of the 25 hostages ISIS took in clashes last week. (AFP/Anwar Amro)
14:42 GMT

The Lebanese army has taken back control of several posts in northeastern Lebanon, but ISIS has yet to release 25 hostages taken in clashes.

August 8, 2014

Lebanese army soldiers drive to the entrance of the town of Arsal in the Bekaa valley. (AFP)
08:03 GMT

Armed men who retreated to Syria from the northeastern border town of Arsal after intensified clashes with the Lebanese army have taken hostage more than 35 soldiers and policemen in an attempt to exchange them.

The Ambassador stated that Lebanese-Syrian efforts should be united to fight terrorism. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon called for greater coordination between Syria's army and Lebanon's army Thursday.

August 7, 2014

Militants withdrew from Arsal early Thursday. (AFP/File)
20:04 GMT

The Committee of Muslim Scholars said negotiations were ongoing to release the captured soldiers held by jihadists since clashes erupted over the weekend.

Jordan harbors over 1 million refugees. (AFP/File)
18:32 GMT

Human Rights Watch accused Jordan of denying entry to or forcibly deporting Palestinian refugees.

Lebanon is home to over one million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

At least 1,000 Syrian refugee families were transported back to Syria with the help of Syrian and Lebanese authorities.

Lebanese residents of Arsal flee flighting between ISIS militants and government forces, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:37 GMT

Police in Lebanon's Arsal found at least 30 charred bodies in a Syrian refugee camp, a security source confirmed Thursday.

Lebanese soldiers enter Arsal in armoured personnel carriers as smoke billows in the background, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:12 GMT

ISIS militants agreed to leave the Lebanese border town of Arsal within 24 hours, according to a source while three additional captured soldiers were freed as part of the truce deal.

August 6, 2014

Lebanese soldiers drive armoured personnel carriers through the border town of Arsal, Aug 6, 2014 (File/AFP)
13:07 GMT

Lebanese forces continued to battle ISIS jihadists in the bordering town of Arsal Wednesday despite a withdrawal of Nusra Front militants from the area.

A Syrian boy, reportedly wounded in a Syrian army airstrike on Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Douma on August 5, 2014. [AFP]
12:11 GMT

At least 16 people, including two children, have been killed and dozens of others wounded in a shelling by foreign-backed militants targeting a number of areas in the Syrian capital, Damascus.