Lebanon & Syria

May 26, 2013

US Senator John McCain. Image courtesy of salon.com
11:26 GMT

US Senator John McCain has come forward to say that Washington is ready to provide Jordan with Patriot missiles in a bid to protect the country from any spillover from the Syrian conflict.

Lebanese Sunni militia men hold a meeting in the Sunni district of Bab Al Tabbaneh in Lebanon. AFP Photo
09:42 GMT

The Syrian National Coalition has called on Hezbollah fighters who are fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime to defect, one day after Hezbollah leader Nasrallah pledged 'victory' in Syria

Lebenon caretaker PM Najib MIkati
09:08 GMT

Najib Mikati called for calm following attacks on Hezbollah stronghold in the Lebanese capital whilst President Michael Sleiman called the perpetrators "terrorists"

Back to reality. After Hezbollah supporters commemorated  the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon yesterday, reality rocked the city of Beirut today.
07:29 GMT

Two rockets struck the South of Beirut, targeting Hezbollah and leaving at least three wounded.

Peace talks in Syria would be better off Assad according to Saudi Foreign Minister
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia advises against Assad's presence at the upcoming Geneva II peace talks, although his attendance has already been announced by Russia.

May 25, 2013

Syria-related clashes have been rocking Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli for months.
13:03 GMT

The death toll grows in Tripoli as the conflict between opposing factions scales up.

The Lebanese airspace is violated by Israeli forces on a daily basis in spite of a 2006 UN resolution.
05:46 GMT

Last night, three Israeli military aircraft broke a UN Security Council resolution by violating the Lebanese airspace, raising tensions with a state that already faces increased pressure from the neighboring Syrian conflict.

May 24, 2013

Will Assad participate in the upcoming peace talks? Although Russia announced the regime had agreed "in principle", the opposition remains skeptical.
12:23 GMT

The Syrian opposition doubts all parties will join the negotiation table despite Russia's announcement that the regime would participate in an upcoming peace conference.

May 23, 2013

Members and supporters of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement carry the coffin of their comrade Saleh Ahmad Sabbagh during his funeral in the southern port city of Sidon on May 22 (Mahmoud Zayyat / AFP)
12:54 GMT

Opposition-aligned Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports 104 Hezbollah militants killed since the conflict began

Sunni Salafist gunmen, who back the Syrian opposition, are seen in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on May 23 (AFP)
10:47 GMT

Fighting overnight in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli have left at least two people dead, bringing the total number of people killed since Sunday, to 16

US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague discuss Syria at the Friends of Syria meeting in Amman on Wednesday evening
08:23 GMT

The Friends of Syria's core ministerial members met in Amman last night, with representatives of the Syrian opposition, and urged Assad to partake wholly in the peace talks, warning of their increased support to the rebels if he fails to do so.

A boy watches Lebanese soliders as they drive between the Sunni and Alawite sections of Tripoli. AFP
04:00 GMT

Gunfire rang out through Tripoli on Wednesday, as the spillover of the Syrian crisis in the Lebanese city claimed the lives of 12 over the weekend.

May 22, 2013

British Foreign Secretary William Hague waves during a press conference in Amman on May 22 (AFP)
13:06 GMT

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague reaffirmed the British position that Bashar al-Assad has no place in any political solution to the conflict

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. Image courtesy of The Telegraph
09:48 GMT

World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, on Tuesday announced that in light of a recent request by Jordan, the World Bank will provide financial aid to the country to help with its economy and the growing number of refugees.

Syrian refugee children play in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
08:52 GMT

Over the last few days, UNHCR has reported the flow of Syrian refugees entering Jordan has reached 'almost zero'. Jordanian, Syrian and international sources have given contradictory reports as to why.