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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0400Latest news on Syria: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that Syria is one of the most dangerous places on Earth for children, and estimates that 5.5. million children have been affected by Syria's ongoing civil war. At least 10,000 children are estimated to have been killed in the conflict so far. Previous news on Syria: Amnesty International hasaccused the Syrian government of blockading a neighborhood in Damascus, and starving its residents. It says about 200 residents died from resulting food shortages. The Al-Nusra front, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, meanwhile, released 13 nuns and three maids they kidnapped in a Christian village in December in exchange for the release of about 150 women being held in jails across Syria. The nuns say they were treated "well" and given everything they asked for, denying previous reports they were forced to remove their crosses. The nuns were released at the Lebanese border and are returning to Damascus. Saudi Arabia has listed two jihadist groups fighting in Syria, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, as terrorist organizations. It has given Saudi nationals 15 days to return from Syria, and warns Saudi citizen fighting in Syria could face jail time in Saudi Arabia. A video posted to YouTube purporting to show Los Angeles gangmembers fighting in Syria is being investigated by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces to Israel says it seized a ship carrying Syrian arms from Iran headed for Palestinian militants in Gaza, while according to Syria Israel lobbed eight rockets into its territory. On Tuesday, March 4, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reported a new timetable for the removal of Syria's chemical weapons. The deliveries are increasing in speed and they now hope to have the job done by the end of April. Hostilities in and around Syria continue as part of that country’s two year long civil war. Syrian activists have said 140,000 people were killed in the war so far. While the U.S. has been considering whether to pay rebels salaries in order to motivate them, Iran has increased its military support for the Syrian regime. Earlier this month, Syrian government forces and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah have clashed with rebels near the Syrian border. On February 26, Hezbollah is accusing Israel of bombing one of the group’s bases near the Syrian-Lebanese border, and is threatened to retaliate. Israel is one of many countries, in the region and outside of it, that have become involved in some way in Syria’s civil war. Israel’s actions have so far been limited to air strikes on Syrian government positions, and the editor-in-chief of Haaretz has suggested Assad has a “secret ally” in Israel, which does not want to see the hostile dictator replaced by an even more hostile extremist after Syria’s civil war. UPDATE, 2/26/14: Syrian state media is reporting that forces loyal to Assad and led by Hezbollah have ambushed and killed 175 rebels in the eastern outskirts of Damascus. Read more on Syria here.[...]
Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:45:00 -0500
The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed a twin bomb attack in Beirut on Wednesday, saying such attacks would continue until Hezbollah forces withdrew from the fighting in Syria and its own fighters were released from Lebanese jails.
The radical Lebanese group, which claimed the attack on its Twitter account, also said it was responsible for a November 19 attack on the Iranian embassy that killed 23 people, using the same tactic of twin suicide bombs. In both cases, most of the victims were civilians.
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 09:10:00 -0500
A car bomb ripped through a Shiite neighborhood in south Beirut on Tuesday, killing four people and sending plumes of smoke over the area in the latest attack to target supporters of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group.
It was the second bombing in the neighborhood of Haret Hreik this month amid a series of attacks that have shaken Lebanon in a spillover of Syria's civil war into its smaller neighbor. The violence has targeted both Sunnis and Shiites, and further stoked sectarian tensions that are already running high as each Lebanese community lines up with its brethren on opposing sides of the Syrian conflict.
Tuesday's explosion shattered shop windows and set cars ablaze on a crowded commercial street. Footage broadcast by the Hezbollah-owned al-Manar television station showed medics hauling a man on a stretcher out of the area as flames engulfed a building. Debris littered the pavement.
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:50:00 -0500
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon opened the trial in absentia on Thursday against four Hezbollah defendants alleged to have assassinated former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and killed 21 others on February 14, 2005.
The case has riled, divided and inflamed already hot disputes between Lebanon’s Sunni and Shi’ite population, with Sunnis demanding justice and Hezbollah claiming the case was pushed forward by Western countries trying to reduce and besmirch its name.
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:30:00 -0500
The trial of four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has begun at an unprecedented tribunal at The Hague.
The four - alleged associates of the Syria-backed militant Shia movement Hezbollah - have not been arrested and are being tried in absentia.
Hariri and 22 others were killed by a massive car bomb in Beirut in 2005.
The killings polarised Lebanon and led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. Hezbollah denies any involvement.
It instead says the assassination was part of an Israeli and US conspiracy.
Sat, 04 Jan 2014 08:35:00 -0500
Majid al-Majid, al-Qaeda's commander in Lebanon, has died in custody in a Beirut hospital, Lebanon's army says.
The Saudi, who led the Abdullah Azzam Brigades and was on Saudi Arabia's most-wanted-terrorists list, was arrested in Lebanon recently.
An army general told Associated Press the militant died of kidney failure.
The group has carried out attacks across the Middle East and claimed a bomb attack on Iran's Beirut embassy in November that killed 23 people.
Fri, 03 Jan 2014 09:20:00 -0500
Beirut: Amid the chaos of Syria’s civil war, Hezbollah has been moving long-range missiles to Lebanon from bases where it has stored them inside Syria, including long-range Scud D missiles that can strike deep into Israel, according to an Israeli national security analyst.
The analyst, Ronen Bergman, who has close contacts with Israeli intelligence officials, said Thursday that despite Israel’s undeclared campaign of airstrikes in Syria to stop new deliveries, most of the long-range, surface-to-surface missiles given to Hezbollah by its allies Iran and Syria had been disassembled and moved to Lebanon.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:00:00 -0500
A bombing in the southern suburbs of Beirut on Thursday killed at least four people, according to officials, aggravating the soaring tensions between Sunnis and Shiites that threaten to propel Lebanon into full-blown sectarian conflict.
The bombing in the Shiite neighborhood of Haret Hreik, which is controlled by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, followed the assassination of a prominent Sunni figure in a bombing in downtown Beirut on Friday, affirming an escalating pattern of retaliatory bombings in recent months.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:20:00 -0500
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes bombed on Wednesday a barren range of Lebanese hills used by Syrian rebels and refugees to cross between the two countries, wounding at least 10 Syrians who were rushed to hospital in a nearby Lebanese town, Beirut's state-run National News Agency said.
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:20:00 -0500
BEIRUT—Saudi Arabia pledged $3 billion to bolster Lebanon's armed forces, in a challenge to the Iranian-allied Hezbollah militia's decadeslong status as Lebanon's main power broker and security force.
Lebanese President Michel Sleiman revealed the Saudi gift on Lebanese national television Sunday, calling it the largest aid package ever to the country's defense bodies. The Saudi pledge compares with Lebanon's 2012 defense budget, which the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put at $1.7 billion.
Lebanon would use the Saudi grant to buy "newer and more modern weapons," from France, said Mr. Sleiman, an independent who has become increasingly critical of Hezbollah. It followed what he called "decades of unsuccessful efforts" to build a credible Lebanese national defense force.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 13:40:00 -0500
Former Lebanese finance minister Mohamad Chatah, a harsh critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been killed in a massive car bombing in central Beirut.
Five other people were killed and about 70 wounded in Friday's blast, which comes after a series of sectarian bombings aimed at Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims in Lebanon in the past year.
Fri, 27 Dec 2013 07:30:00 -0500
A huge explosion in central Beirut has killed former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah.
He was an adviser to the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim. A car was seen in flames near government offices and the parliament.
The Syrian conflict has increased sectarian tensions in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Shia militant movement Hezbollah has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
President Assad comes from the Alawite sect, a heterodox offshoot of Shia Islam.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:10:00 -0500
A car bomb struck a stronghold of the Shia armed group Hezbollah in eastern Lebanon, injuring both civilians and members, Lebanon's state-run news agency said.
The National News Agency (NNA) reported that Tuesday’s blast near the remote village of Sbouba in the Baalbek region "was caused by a suicide bomber".
Beirut-based The Daily Star daily said the suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into two vans carrying Hezbollah members.
Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV confirmed the blast, adding that the attack took place near a Hezbollah transit point hub.
There was no immediate word on the nature of the explosion or the target.
Al Jazeera's correspondent in Lebanon said 10 were injured in the attack.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:30:00 -0500
The Israeli army has shot two Lebanese soldiers on the border, hours after an Israeli was killed by a Lebanese army sniper, the Israeli military has said.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said Israeli troops opened fire after noticing "suspicious movement".
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 11:00:00 -0500
The UN says it is "extremely concerned" for Syrian refugees in Lebanon as a fierce winter storm bears down.
There has been snow, rain, high winds and freezing temperatures in the north of the country and the Bekaa Valley, home to more than 200 informal camps.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said it was "working harder than ever" to protect the more than 800,000 Syrians sheltering in Lebanon.
The Lebanese army is helping distribute emergency kits, including blankets.