Lebanon & Syria

June 21, 2014

Top security official, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, said he narrowly escaped the attack (File/AFP)
09:24 GMT

Security officials in Lebanon are on high alert after a suicide bomber killed one and wounded 33 others on Friday, heightening concern of conflicts in Iraq and Syria spilling over into the country.

June 20, 2014

At least two people were killed in the car bomb blast Friday (Joseph Eid/AFP)
13:16 GMT

At least two people were killed in a bomb explosion in Lebanon Friday at a checkpoint in the eastern Bekaa valley, security sources reported.

June 19, 2014

Lebanon is currently home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:10 GMT

Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas on Thursday alerted the UN of the country's decision to quell Syrian refugees entering Lebanon.

June 18, 2014

Tfeil is also home to 100,000 Syrian refugees, some who also fled the violence (File/AFP)
19:00 GMT

Residents in the border town of Tfeil fled the area during clashes between Hezbollah fighters and rebel forces from the Free Syria Army.

Ain al-Hilweh camp has been at the center of violent clashes, kidnappings and assassinations in recent months (File/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Palestinian factions in the troubled Lebanon camp of Ain al-Hilweh, tightened security ahead of Ramadan in response to developments in Iraq.

Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Federica Mogherini expressed concern that Lebanon and the Middle East could become a "hub of terror." (AFP/File)
06:50 GMT

Over 40 countries vowed to help Lebanon combat terrorism during a conference in Rome.

June 17, 2014

Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front already controlled the Syrian side of the Al Qaim border crossing (File Archive)
17:39 GMT

Syrian rebels took control of the Al Qaim Iraqi-Syria border crossing Tuesday.

Lebanon currently hosts over one million Syrian refugees (File/AFP)
16:26 GMT

Kuwait will assist refugees and local host communities in Lebanon with aid, National Assembly Speaker Razouk al-Ghanim said during a visit to the country.

The Syrian men were accused of belonging to Ziad Jarrah Brigades - an Al-Qaeda affiliated group (File/AFP)
12:11 GMT

A Lebanon prosecutor on Tuesday charged five Syrian men with belonging to an Al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group.

June 15, 2014

Armed militias freely roam Libya as the current government struggles to gain full control of the country. (AFP/File)
19:31 GMT

A Lebanese citizen was kidnapped in Benghazi after an armed group raided his house.

Lebanese security forces are ramping up security in border towns like Arsal. (AFP/File)
07:24 GMT

Lebanese authorities are increasing security in border regions and adopting preventive measures to avoid spillover violence from Iraq and Syria.

June 13, 2014

The Al Qaeda affiliated group was behind a number of killings in Lebanon in recent months (File/AFP)
12:41 GMT

A Syrian refugee was killed while two others were kidnapped in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley by militants from radical group, Al Nusra Front.

June 12, 2014

Syria´s President Bashar al-Assad says that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun was “patriotic, non confessional and believes in the resistance" (AFP/ File).
05:00 GMT

Syrian President Bashar Assad has voiced his support for Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun amidst Lebanon´s ongoing presidential vaccum following Michel Suleiman´s departure from the position on May 25.

June 11, 2014

Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front.
15:00 GMT

Six people kidnapped from a quarry in the east Lebanon village of Ras Baalbek were released yesterday. Residents claim the kidnappers were from Nusra Front (AFP/ File).

June 10, 2014

Ten Syrians and two Lebanese people are believed to be among the abducted (File/AFP)
17:00 GMT

Up to 12 people were kidnapped in Lebanon by masked Syrian gunmen, security sources said.