Lebanon & Syria

October 13, 2013

The new Lebanese cabinet is due to be ready on November 22. (Image courtesy of Naharnet)
08:04 GMT

The Lebanese government will not cease its efforts to form its new cabinet over Eid Al Adha and Beirut's political powers are tentatively setting November 22, Lebanon's Independence Day, as its final completion date.

Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013 (AFP)
07:21 GMT

After three days of fierce fighting between the Syrian army and the opposition in the northern province of Aleppo, 50 rebel fighters have been killed.

October 12, 2013

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on October 12, 2013 shows a burnt car after SANA said, two mortar rounds slammed into a  neighbourhood of the Syrian capital Damascus. (Image credit: AFP)
15:21 GMT

Two mortar rounds hit into the central Abu Roumaneh neighborhood of the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday, killing a child and injuring 11 people

Syrian anti-government protestors hold a poster depicting a inspector from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). (Image credit: AFP)
07:32 GMT

Syrian opposition groups and activists on Friday condemned a decision by the Nobel Prize Committee to present the peace prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

n opposition fighter smokes a cigarette as he takes a break following the injury of his friend. (Image credit: AFP)
06:49 GMT

The Humans Rights Watch has accused Syrian Rebels of committing war crimes against the Alawite minority.

October 11, 2013

Hezbollah fighters in Syria supported Syrian regime attacks in Damascus (Associated Press)
14:08 GMT

Syrian army troops and Shiite fighters loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed at least 70 people as they captured two southern suburbs of Damascus on Friday.

While the UN Security Council backed a joint mission proposal with OPCW late Thursday, the global chemical watchdog's second inspection team arrived to Damascus (Louai Beshara/AFP)
08:12 GMT

The UN Security Council praised progress in Syria and backed a joint mission proposal Thursday to eliminate banned arms in Syria in cooperation with the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The second OPCW inspection team also arrived in Damascus late Thursday.

Fatal regime-led air raids have also been previously launched in Homs (Courtesy of Your Middle East)
06:22 GMT

Syrian air raids on rebel positions in the northern Aleppo and southern Deraa provinces killed 30 people Thursday, including civilians.

Syrian refugee children play in front of the ruins of the public baths of the ancient Byzantine-Christian city of Serjilla. (Image credit: AFP)
06:00 GMT

A new UNICEF report suggests that children fleeing Syria’s civil war are vulnerable to early marriage, violence and child labor.

October 10, 2013

Opposition fighters open fire taking cover from behind a car during fightings in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo  (Image credit: AFP)
16:49 GMT

The Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called for Bashar Al-Assad's regime and the rebel forces to declare a ceasefire for the week of Eid al-Adha.

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon. (AFP/File)
13:22 GMT

A Lebanese judge has issued an arrest warrant for a defected Syrian army colonel after he admitted to attempting to form an anti-Assad rebel brigade in north Lebanon.

Syrian children refugees, who flock by dozens in Turkey each day, fleeing the civil war in their country, stand on October 4, 2013 at a makeshift camp in Ankara, where they arrived three months ago. Europe is bracing itself for a major Syrian refugee influx. (AFP)
07:47 GMT

The European Union is preparing itself for a possible "massive" influx of Syrian refugees as the UN estimates predict the number of displaced Syrians to reach 3.5 million by the end of 2013.

An opposition fighter aims fire as others run for cover while they hold a position behind burning tyres in the Salaheddin district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on October 9, 2013. (AFP)
07:26 GMT

Scores of rebel and regime fighters were killed in Damascus on Wednesday after President Bashar Assad's forces launched a brutal offensive south of the capital.

Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah has vowed not to allow Syrian rebels take Syrian towns bordering Lebanon (Reuters)
06:49 GMT

A video posted on the internet showing members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia executing wounded Syrian rebels may reignite political and social tensions throughout the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon.

October 9, 2013

OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu has called for a temporary ceasefire in Syria so that his chemical inspection team sent to Damascus earlier this month can meet disarmament deadlines (AFP)
16:52 GMT

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons called for a temporary ceasefire in Syria's civil war Wednesday to ensure that chemical inspectors meet their disarmament deadlines.