Syria

August 4, 2014

Lebanese security forces stand on the outskirts of Arsal, close to the Syrian border, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Violence continues to erupt in the border town of Arsal. Since the Syrian war began, it spilled into Lebanon and had detrimental consequences for the entire region.

An injured child awaits treatment in a makeshift hospital following government shelling in Douma, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:37 GMT

Over 44 people were killed in and around Damascus Sunday after clashes between government forces and rebels, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

August 3, 2014

Lebanese troops deploy in the border town of Arsal on March 19th after reopening the main road out of town, which had been sealed off by residents of the neighbouring town of Labweh. (AFP)
17:09 GMT

The Nusra Front denied Sunday involvement in the Arsal clashes in east Lebanon, and said detained battalion commander Imad Jomaa was not a member.

The LAF dismantle a car rigged with explosives in Arsal. (AFP PHOTO).
15:47 GMT

Gen. Jean Kahwagi Sunday said attacks on Arsal were premeditated, refuting claims that the militant attack was driven by the detention of Imad Jomaa.

A Lebanese army tank drives to the entrance of Arsal, near the Syrian border, Aug 2, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:13 GMT

Eight soldiers from Lebanon's army were killed in overnight clashes with gunmen across the town of Arsal, close to the Syrian border.

A Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, which is likely to receive part of the additional aid the U.S. is providing to Jordan (AFP/ File Archive).
07:53 GMT

The United States will provide Jordan an additional $84 million in aid for Syrian refugees, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $388 million in Jordan, and more than $2.4 billion in total throughout Syria and the region.

Government forces are believed to have regained full control of several areas close to Damascus (File/AFP)
07:52 GMT

The Syrian army reportedly made gains against militants close to the country's capital, Damascus. Government forces also discovered tunnels used by opposition rebels.

August 2, 2014

Syrian opposition fighters that took part in battles against Syrian government forces in the Karm al-Tarab neighborhood of Aleppo. (AFP)
07:43 GMT

The Lebanese Army Intelligence apprehended seven Syrian nationals while trying to infiltrate illegally into Lebanese territories by evading checkpoints.

August 1, 2014

In July, hundreds of Kurdish fighters crossed the border into Ain al-Arab to join the anti-ISIS fight. (AFP/File)
08:16 GMT

Nearly 50 fighters have died in the ongoing battle.

July 31, 2014

The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, said that human rights abuses against civilians continue in Syria (File/AFP)
11:28 GMT

The UN's humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, voiced concern over the treatment of Syrian civilians caught up in war along with the constant violations of basic human rights.

Whilst the rebels targeted the Hama airport because they believed "that is where the regime makes its barrel bombs", much-needed aid relief has been delayed by the conflict in Iraq (AFP/ File).
08:06 GMT

Syrian rebels targeted a key military airport in Hama province on Wednesday, whist conflict in Iraq delayed much needed shipments of humanitarian aid to Syria.

July 30, 2014

Arsal, a border village, is often a hideout for Syrian fighters. (AFP/File)
13:03 GMT

Eight Syrians were arrested in Arsal over suspected links with terrorist organizations.

Crises are brewing all over the Middle East, but can the world only focus on one crisis at a time? (Menahem Kahana /AFP).
12:28 GMT

Ali Ibrahim argues that the world cannot seem to focus its attention on more than one crisis at a time. Whilst all the focus is on Gaza right now, he argues that other events in the Middle East are actually more dangerous.

The high-ranking Hezbollah official was killed in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region by Syrian opposition militants (AFP/ File Archive).
10:43 GMT

Ibrahim al-Hajj, also known as Abou Mohammed Salman, was a high-ranking Hezbollah official that was killed on Monday during a battle with Syrian opposition militants in Syria´s al-Qalamoun region.