Lebanon & Syria

August 21, 2013

People inspect bodies of children and adults laying on the ground as Syrian rebels claim they were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP/Shaam News Network)
10:14 GMT

The Syrian authorities have denied any involvement in the chemical weapons attack launched against rebel held areas outside of Damascus on Wednesday morning.

In footage uploaded to YouTube, doctors explained the symptoms of those killed by the nerve gas agent. (YouTube/BBC)
09:58 GMT

640 Syrian people were killed in a nerve gas attack on Syria's Ghouta region activists say, accusing the forces loyal to President Bashar Assad of using chemical agents

Buildings are heavily damaged in Zamalka, a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, shortly after troops loyal to Syrian President Assad launched a brutal offensive against rebels in the area. AFP/Shaam)
07:53 GMT

Syrian activists claim that troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against opposition forces during brutal crackdown on the rebel-held areas outside of Damascus.

August 20, 2013

The Hezbollah flag is seen in the suburbs of Beirut. (AFP/File)
07:32 GMT

Unidentifed gunmen opened fire on a Hezbollah security checkpoint in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A composite of two undated file pictures obtained from the Turkish Ihlas news agency shows Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Akpinar (R) and his co-pilot Murat Agca, kidnapped on August 9, 2013 in Beirut. (IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / IHA / AFP)
07:00 GMT

The Turkish government said Monday that it had received information that the two pilots kidnapped in Beirut earlier this month are still alive and are still in Lebanon.

August 19, 2013

A Syrian rebel fires as a regime fighter jet flies overhead in Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on August 17, 2013. (AFP)
11:03 GMT

The Syrian army has recaptured rebel-helf areas of Latakia, President Bashar Assad's home province, according to Syrian state news reports.

August 18, 2013

A Lebanese gunman is seen during the funeral procession of Hamad al-Moqdad, one of the Lebanese victims of a car bomb attack that killed dozens in a Beirut stronghold of Shiite group Hezbollah, which backs Syria's embattled president, in the capital on August 16, 2013. (AFP)
17:29 GMT

Two rockets fired from Syria landed in a residential neighbourhood in Hermel on Sunday evening, a Hezbollah stronghold in the east of Lebanon.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he is determined to eradicate all terrorist forces from Syria. (AFP/File)
16:54 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that he blames terrorism for the Syrian conflict and that he is determined to eradicate it from his country.

A Syrian-Kurdish woman walks at the Quru Gusik refugee camp, 20 kilometres east of the of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on August 17, 2013. (AFP)
16:00 GMT

Officials from Iraqi Kurdistan and NGO officials are struggling to deal with the major influx of Syrian refugees that has flooded the border over the weekend. Over 17,000 refugees have tried to enter Iraq this weekend alone, according to the authorities.

A Syrian rebel walks past buildings destroyed during fighting with pro-government forces along a street in a residential neighborhood of Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor (AFP/ABO SHUJA)
13:15 GMT

According to Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba, President Bashar Assad is no longer in charge of the Syrian government, as Iran and Hezbollah are the new decision-makers

A handout picture from the Syrian opposition shows a mosque damaged in shelling by Syrian government forces in the Damascus suburb of Jobar in early August. (AFP/Shams News Network)
13:06 GMT

A team of 20 UN experts charged with investigating the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad's government have arrived in Damascus.

Municipal workers clean up following a car bomb attack the previous day that killed at least 27 people in a Beirut stronghold of Shiite group Hezbollah, which backs Syria's embattled president (AFP/STR)
12:38 GMT

Lebanon’s General Directorate of General Security apprehended four people suspected of involvement in terrorist plots after a car filled with explosives was found south of Beirut.

A composite of two undated file pictures obtained from the Turkish Ihlas news agency shows Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Akpinar (R) and his co-pilot Murat Agca, kidnapped on August 9, 2013 in Beirut. (IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / IHA / AFP)
09:14 GMT

Internal Lebanese Security forces have arrested three suspects over the kidnapping of two Turkish pilots

(Shutterstock/Fer Gregory)
08:23 GMT

Authorities seized Saturday afternoon a car rigged with 250 kilograms of explosives south of the Lebanese capital

Lebanese civilians and emergency personnel gather at the site of a car bomb between the Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighbourhoods, in the southern suburb of Beirut on August 15, 2013. (AFP)
07:39 GMT

Former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri condemned Hezbollah and its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in a series of tweets made on Saturday. He accused the group of dragging Lebanon further into the Syrian conflict.