Lebanon & Syria

July 28, 2014

Crowds rallied in Ttripoli, Lebanon to express solidarity with Sunni prisoners being held during Eid-al-Fitr. (AFP/Joseph Eid)
11:21 GMT

Protesters in Tripoli, Lebanon call for the release of Sunni militants held for fighting related to the Syrian war.

Lebanese and Israeli border (Shutterstock).
05:00 GMT

Amal MP Qassem Hashem said Sunday that rockets being launched from southern Lebanon into Israel were only benefiting the Jewish state and were in fact harming Lebanese border towns.

July 27, 2014

(AFP)
18:26 GMT

Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.

 Air Algerie Flight AH 5017 scattered at the crash site in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao, on July 26, 2014. [AFP]
12:51 GMT

An official Lebanese delegation headed on Sunday to Paris en rout to Mali to follow up the probe into the Air Algerie plane that crashed three-days ago and to carry out the necessary procedures to identify the bodies of the Lebanese victims.

Roughly 4,000 fighters have been found in Lebanon's eastern mountain slope. (AFP/File)
11:30 GMT

Hezbollah and Nusra Front fighters continue their battle for control of key areas around the border between Lebanon and Syria.

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has suggested that he would “give up his right” to become Lebanon's next president in return for a new electoral law that better represents Christians (AFP/ File Archive).
08:44 GMT

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun suggested that he would not seek a presidential post if agreement is reached on a new electoral law that better represents Christians.

The Israeli army is on heightened alert over possible escalations in the region on the eve of Eid al-Fitr (Gil Cohen-Magen / AFP).
08:27 GMT

On early Sunday the Israeli army went on high alert along the border with Lebanon and the Golan Heights following the possibility of conflict escalation ahead of Eid al-Fitr.

July 26, 2014

Photo used for illustrative purposes (Wikimedia Commons).
17:06 GMT

Police said Saturday that they uncovered six drug trafficking networks specialized in smuggling Captagon pills abroad, arresting seven persons involved.

Lebanese Parliament (AFP file photo)
13:19 GMT

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour revealed that discussions are underway over extending the term of parliament for a second time, reported An Nahar daily on Saturday.

July 25, 2014

The head of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah gestures on July 25, 2014, during a rare public appearance at a gathering to mark the "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" from Beirut's southern suburb. [AFP]
20:23 GMT

Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday vowed "all means of support" to the Palestinian resistance in its battle with Israel, saying the latter had failed miserably in the 18-day conflict in Gaza.

The rockets are believed to have landed inside Lebanese territory (File/AFP)
09:18 GMT

Unknown assailants fired Katyusha rockets towards Israel in the early hours of Friday morning from the south of Lebanon, according to the National News Agency.

July 24, 2014

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine defected from his post in Arsal, and released a video criticizing Hezbollah and assaults on Sunni youth (YouTube).
07:46 GMT

Lebanese Army Corporal Atef Mohammed Saadeddine released a YouTube video on Wednesday which stated that he had defected to the al-Nusra Front and criticized the military as a Hezbollah tool.

July 23, 2014

Lebanon is concerned about spillover violence from Syria. (AFP/File)
15:54 GMT

Lebanese troops surveyed the border with Syria to curb the infiltration of gunmen from Syria.

Political sources claimed there was no interest in electing a new head of state in the absence of agreement on a consensus candidate to succeed former Lebanese President Michel Sleiman (AFP/ File Archive).
10:59 GMT

The Lebanese parliament is scheduled to make its ninth attempt to a elect a president today, however the atmosphere of the electoral session was not serious and a quorum was not expected to be reached.

July 22, 2014

Hadi al-Bahra was supposed to succeed Ahmad Jarba in the role of president of the coalition (File Archive/AFP)
15:16 GMT

Syria's main opposition coalition announced Tuesday that it has voted to force out its interim government,.