Lebanon & Syria

August 6, 2014

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.

Lebanese soldiers exit the town of Arsal near the Syrian border on August 5, 2014, on the fourth day of fierce fighting against Islamist militants in the area. [AFP]
08:43 GMT

A large number of Islamist militants withdrew overnight from the embattled northeastern town of Arsal as mediation efforts continued to end the fighting with the Lebanese Army, a Future Movement official said Wednesday.

Experts from the OPCW held a meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut to discuss the destruction of 12 production sites in Syria over a six-month course. [AFP]
07:56 GMT

A group of chemical weapons experts is due to travel to Syria to continue the destruction of the country’s chemical capabilities.

August 5, 2014

Lebanese troops are deployed in the Lebanese town of Arsal on the border with Syria on March 19, 2014. (AFP)
19:01 GMT

An commander for extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, allegedly responsible for rigging vehicles with explosives for attacks in Lebanon, was killed in ongoing clashes in Arsal

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun (File/AFP)
17:05 GMT

Michel Aoun declared on Tuesday that he had long warned against holding negotiations with terrorists fighting the army in the northeastern town of Arsal.

Lebanese army checkpoint in Arsal. (AFP).
16:41 GMT

Hezbollah Tuesday denied its fighters intervened in the ongoing clashes between the Lebanese Army and militants from Syria in Arsal, and commended the government for its unified stance in support of the military.

King Abdullah spoke with former President Michel Sleiman on Tuesday, voicing support for Lebanon's army against terrorists (File/AFP)
13:46 GMT

Saudi's King Abdullah pledged to speed up military assistance to the Lebanese army in a bid to tackle dangerous clashes with militants in Arsal.

Hassan Nasrallah also backed his ally Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency (File/AFP)
10:10 GMT

Leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said he expected the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria to fail and that the extremist organization would not advance in Lebanon.

August 4, 2014

Hezbollah says it's ready to fight militants threatening the Lebanese army in the north. (AFP/File)
14:50 GMT

Hezbollah offers to support for the Lebanese army against militants in the north.

At least 11 Lebanese soldiers were killed in Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT

The Lebanese army continues to battle militants in Arsal in spillover violence from the war in Syria.

August 3, 2014

Lebanese troops deploy in the border town of Arsal on March 19th after reopening the main road out of town, which had been sealed off by residents of the neighbouring town of Labweh. (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.

The LAF dismantle a car rigged with explosives in Arsal. (AFP PHOTO).
15:47 GMT

Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.

A Lebanese army tank drives to the entrance of Arsal, near the Syrian border, Aug 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:13 GMT

Eight soldiers from Lebanon's army were killed in overnight clashes with gunmen across the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
07:53 GMT

The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

August 2, 2014

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.