Lebanon & Syria

May 22, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague will be present at the talks
08:42 GMT

The talks will serve as a warm up to the US-Russia backed peace initiative, touted to take place in June

Lebanese soldiers. AFP photo
03:17 GMT

Three people were killed during sectarian clashes in Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, on Tuesday as the spillover from the Syrian crisis increases its deathtoll and impact.

May 21, 2013

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on May 20, 2013, allegedly shows a Syrian soldier scanning the area for hostiles in the the town of Qusayr in Homs province (SANA / AFP)
12:55 GMT

Three members of the militant Lebanese group reported dead on Tueday

An injured woman is carried to safety after the car bomb in Reyhanli earlier this month. AFP
11:50 GMT

The Turkish authorities have arrested a prime suspect in the car bombings that caused 51 fatalities in Reyhanli, near the Syrian border, on May 11.

British Foreign Minister William Hague
04:00 GMT

British Foreign Minister William Hague said on Monday that if tyrant Syrian President Bashar Assad doesn't take the upcoming peace negotiations seriously, then "no option is off the table" with regards to foreign action in the war-torn state.

Members of Lebanon's Hezbollah carry the coffin of Fadi Mohammed al-Jazzar during his funeral in southern Beirut on Monday. AFP Photo
00:00 GMT

28 Hezbollah fighters have been killed in the vicious battle for the Syrian town of Qusair, whilst some 20 Syrian Army fighters were reported dead.

May 20, 2013

Israeli soldiers take part in exercises in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the border with Syria, earlier in May. AFP Photo
09:17 GMT

Just one day after Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu said that he would "take all necessary measures to protect Israel's security from the Syrian conflict", Syrian gunfire hit the Israeli occupied Golan Heights over night.

Syrian troops celebrate as they take control of the village of Western Dumayna, some seven kilometers north of the rebel-held city of Qusayr, on May 13 (Joseph Eid/ AFP)
07:25 GMT

Around 20 Hezbollah fighters are reported to have been killed as opposition forces fought to defend the strategic town of Qusayr, near the Lebanese border and linking Damascus with the coast

The flag of the Syrian opposition is shown at the seat of the delegation representing Syria at the Arab League summit in Doha in March. Image courtesy of The Daily Star
04:00 GMT

Key foreign ministers from the Arab League will meet on Thursday for an emergency discussion over Syria, just days ahead of the internationally backed peace conference that seeks to find a political solution to the crisis.

A Sunni Muslim gunman sits with his child on Syria Street during fighting in the Bab al-Tebbaneh neighbourhood of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. AFP Photo/Getty Images
03:00 GMT

Violence erupted on Sunday between Sunni and Alawite members of the Tripoli community, with two fatalities being reported as sectarian tensions rise, influenced by neighbouring Syria.

May 19, 2013

Syrian troops celebrate as they take control of the village of Haydariyah, some seven kilometers outside the rebel-held town of Qusayr (AFP/ Joseph Eid)
10:24 GMT

Heavy shelling in the strategically vital town of Qusayr on Sunday morning - reports

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives an interview to Argentinian newspaper Clarin(AFP/SANA)
09:44 GMT

Bashar al-Assad vowed to “face the storm” in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin

Syrian troops celebrate as they take control of the village of Haydariyah, some seven kilometers outside the rebel-held city of Qusayr (AFP/ Joseph Eid)
08:03 GMT

Battles in Qusayr, Homs, have left at least 10 Hezbollah fighters dead. More Lebanese militants said to be heading to the the town

May 18, 2013

"Assad must go!". It's raining men and they're tough ones too!
05:00 GMT

US and Turkey sing in unison: Assad must step down.

May 17, 2013

A lone chicken is seen in the rubble of the site where an Israeli airstrike struck Damascus earlier this month. AFP Image
10:29 GMT

An Israeli official has come forward to say that the Israeli government may attack Syria again so as to prevent the transfer of weapons to what he called "Islamist militants".