Lebanon & Syria
August 7, 2013
A three-day offensive, targeting Alawite villages close to Assad’s hometown of Qardaha, has seen some 200 people killed, according to activists.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Two men who were deserting the Syrian army were arrested in southern Lebanon on Monday, according to security sources.
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.
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.
Debate raged among Lebanon’s political factions over the weekend after speeches by the leaders of Hezbollah and the Future Movement
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'.
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
Six more people were taken hostage in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley on Sunday, significantly increasing national tension around the country.
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.