Lebanon & Syria

August 7, 2013

A Syrian rebel fighter fires from a truck during clashes with forces loyal to the regime in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on August 1, 2013. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

A three-day offensive, targeting Alawite villages close to Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, has seen some 200 people killed, according to activists.

Rubble and debris litter the street following an explosion in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, early on August 7, 2013. (AFP)
08:05 GMT

A high level official from the militant Nusra front group, charged with the assassination of a Sunni sheikh, has been arrested in Damascus, according to Syrian security sources.

A nurse attends to a wounded boy in the eastern Lebanese city of Baalbek, near the Syrian border. Later reports suggested the boys injuries may have been caused by a Syrian airstrike by the Lebanese border (AFP/STR)
07:25 GMT

President Michel Suleiman has said that the army-people-resistance formula can no longer be used for the new cabinet's policy statement over Hizbullah's involvement in the war in Syria

August 6, 2013

Photo used for illustrative purposes (Albawaba/J. Zach Hollo)
08:36 GMT

Saudi Arabia’s National Campaign to Support Syrians has set up more than 5,000 tents for Syrian refugees in Turkey. The tents were erected with the help of the Turkish Crisis Management Authority.

A Syrian resident walks in a devastated street on August 1, 2013 in a street of the city of Qusair, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP)
08:22 GMT

Syrian opposition forces in the central Homs province have been looking to the Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra front for backup as troops loyal to Bashar Assad make significant gains across the country.

A general view shows Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah delivering a speech during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" (AFP/ANWAR AMRO)
07:02 GMT

British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher expressed concern on breaches to the dissociation policy by some parties, denying that the EU's decision to blacklist Hezbollah's military wing doesn't target the Shiite sect.

 A Syrian man rides his motorbike past the Sunni Grand mosque in the city of Qusayr, in Syria's central Homs province. (AFP/JOSEPH EID)
06:57 GMT

Syrian Free Army forces on Monday took control of a contested military air base near the northern city of Aleppo as rebels captured four villages in the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad’s minority Alawite sect.

August 5, 2013

A Syrian government forces soldier lights a cigarette on July 31, 2013 in the al-Khalidiyah district of Syria's central city of Homs (AFP)
12:20 GMT

Two men who were deserting the Syrian army were arrested in southern Lebanon on Monday, according to security sources.

ebanese women loyal to Hezbollah wave the national flag and Hezbollah flags during a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Rweiss on August 2, 2013. (AFP)
10:46 GMT

Nabih Berri, the speaker in the Lebanese parliament, has described Hezbollah as a respectable party that should not be blamed for any acts of sabotage in Lebanon.

Syrian President Bashar Assad greets Syrian army soldiers during a visit in Daraya, southwestern of the capital Damascus on 1st August. (AFP/SANA)
08:17 GMT

Rebel gunmen launched an offensive against supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus and across the north of Syria this weekend, killing a young family in the process.

 Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb neighbourhood of Rweiss (AFP/ANWAR AMRO)
08:13 GMT

Debate raged among Lebanon’s political factions over the weekend after speeches by the leaders of Hezbollah and the Future Movement

President Bashar Assad gives speech at an "iftar" meal on the last week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with political and religious figures in Damascus on August 4, 2013. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

In a speech broadcast by Syrian state television on Sunday evening, Syrian President Bashar Assad said the only way to regain control of his country was to strike terror with an 'iron fist'.

Illustrative purposes (Shutterstock/Fer Gregory)
07:00 GMT

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has revealed that “coincidence” protected Lebanon after authorities busted a “terrorist cell” when a home made bomb accidentally went off.

August 4, 2013

Lebanese army soliders stand outside of Beirut on August 2. (AFP)
18:36 GMT

Six more people were taken hostage in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley on Sunday, significantly increasing national tension around the country.

A supporter of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi, wearing a pin which reads in Arabic "Peaceful", attends a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on August 3, 2013. (AFP)
07:48 GMT

The Egyptian government has told delegates from the US and EU that it is committed to fulfilling the roadmap set out by the army following the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3.