Lebanon & Syria

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,.

July 21, 2014

Hassan Fadlallah (center right), a parliamentarian representing Hezbollah, says that the movement´s resistance is at the forefront of defending Lebanon (AFP/File).
17:47 GMT

Hassan Fadlallah, a parliamentarian representing the Lebanese resistance movement, said on Sunday that Hezbollah would not be swayed in its fight against Takfiri militant groups operating in Syria.

Nasrallah promised his support to the resistance in Gaza during a late-night phone call with Khaled Mashaal. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT

Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah has vowed to support the resistance in Gaza.

July 20, 2014

Lebanon's army arrests a man in the northern city of Tripoli, July 11, 2014 (File/AFP)
14:04 GMT

Tensions remain high after a terrorist allegedly linked to the Beirut hotel bombings was killed in Tripoli during overnight raids by security forces, while another wanted militiaman was arrested.

Iraqi Christian children gather inside the Church of the Virgin Mary for prayers in the town of Bartala, east of the northern city of Mosul. (Karim Sahib/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea condemned on Saturday the Islamic State's attacks against Christians and minorities in the Iraqi city of Mosul, calling for peace and for eradicating ISIS and other “oppressive” regimes.

July 19, 2014

A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP)
14:19 GMT

In a Friday report, Los Angeles Times cited Samir Zaitoun, a commander with Al Tawheed Brigade, a Syrian opposition group, as saying that nearly half the militants in Aleppo, mostly from small groups, have left over the last year.

Lebanese army personal arrest a man in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. (AFP)
08:47 GMT

Security agencies were able to avert a “terrorist scheme” by Syrian opposition groups to involve Lebanon in a “dangerous sectarian” conflict, As Safir newspaper reported on Saturday.

LAF forces in Arsal. (AFP)
07:59 GMT

Residents of the northeastern town of Arsal are growing increasingly worried about their safety as a battle between Hezbollah and members of the Syrian opposition edges ever closer to the town.

July 17, 2014

Lebanon has been trying to crack down on outlaws firing rockets into Israel (File Archive)
16:00 GMT

Lebanon filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council Thursday against Israel in response to Tel Aviv's bombardment of Lebanon's southern villages.

Lebanon's army patrols the country's border town of Ersal, March 19, 2014 (File/AFP)
12:54 GMT

Hezbollah fighters and Nusra Front militants clashed again close to Lebanon's border with Syria, according to a security source.