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170,000 people living in the open in NW Syria: UN

Beirut - An estimated 170,000 of the 900,000 civilians forced from their homes in a massive wave of displacement in northwestern Syria are living out in the open, the UN said Thursday.

Syria presses assault amid fears over mass displacement

Beirut - Syrian troops pressed an offensive Tuesday on the country's last major rebel enclave where the mass displacement of civilians is sparking fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Syria government forces chip away at rebel enclave

Beirut - Government forces made new gains in northwestern Syria on Friday, further chipping away at the country's last major rebel pocket, a war monitor said.

Israeli attack on Damascus kills 7 fighters: monitor

Beirut - Israeli strikes on Damascus airport killed seven fighters, a war monitor said Friday, the latest in a string of attacks targeting Iran's military presence in Syria.

Regime offensive in NW Syria displaces more than 800,000: UN

Beirut - A Russia-backed Syrian regime offensive on the last major rebel bastion in the country's northwest has displaced more than 800,000 people since December, the United Nations said on Thursday.

US-led coalition clashes with Syria regime loyalists

Beirut - The US-led coalition said its forces in northeast Syria Wednesday confronted gunmen with live fire after one of its patrols came under attack near the city of Qamishli.

Lebanon protesters try to block confidence vote

Beirut - Protesters in Beirut tried to stop a confidence vote in parliament Tuesday on a new government they say fails to address their demands and cannot rescue Lebanon's ailing economy.

HRW urges probes into fate of missing IS captives

Beirut - Human Rights Watch called Tuesday for Damascus and the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria to investigate the fate of thousands of people who went missing in the custody of the Islamic State group.

20 civilians dead as Syrian govt set to retake key highway: monitor

Beirut - At least 20 civilians were killed on Sunday as Syrian regime forces were poised to retake a key motorway connecting Damascus to second city Aleppo, after weeks of battles in the rebel-held Idlib region, a monitor said.

Israeli strikes kill 12 pro-Iran fighters in Syria

Beirut - Israeli air strikes killed 12 pro-Iran fighters in Syria on Thursday, a monitor said, the latest in a spate of raids Israel has said targeted Iranian ambitions to develop a military presence on its doorstep.

Syrian forces make fresh advance despite Erdogan warning

Beirut - Syrian regime forces Wednesday advanced into the strategic town of Saraqeb, a war monitor said, despite a demand from Ankara that Damascus pull back its forces from Turkish-manned posts in Syria's last rebel enclave.

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Beirut - A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country's last rebel enclave has displaced more than half a million people in two months, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Turkey and Syrian regime in deadly flare-up

Beirut - Turkish and Syrian troops traded deadly fire in Syria's northwest on Monday, further raising tension between Ankara and regime backer Moscow over the war-torn Idlib rebel enclave.

Russian strikes kill 10 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes by government ally Russia hit near a bakery and a medical clinic in Syria's rebel-held Idlib region early on Thursday, killing 10 civilians, a war monitor said.

Syria army says retakes key northwest town

Beirut - Syrian government forces recaptured a strategic highway town in the northwest from jihadist and allied rebels Wednesday, in the latest blow to the country's last major opposition bastion.

Syria's Maaret al-Numan: from protest hub to ghost town

Beirut - For years, Syria's Maaret al-Numan was a defiant hotspot for anti-government protests, before increased regime bombardment reduced it to a graffiti-daubed ghost town.

'I'm never coming back': Lebanon crisis fuels brain drain

Beirut - When Lebanon's protests erupted in October, thousands found a renewed commitment to their homeland and vowed to fix a country that has long fed its best and brightest to the diaspora.Then the economy unravelled.

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Beirut - Regime forces on Tuesday recaptured most of Maaret al-Numan, a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion, state media and a war monitor said.

Syrian regime forces storm key rebel-held town: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime forces on Tuesday stormed Maaret al-Numan, a rebel-held town of symbolic and strategic importance in the country's last major opposition bastion, a war monitor said.

More than 38,000 flee homes in northwest Syria: UN

Beirut - Tens of thousands of civilians fled their homes in northwestern Syria last week in the face of intensified bombardment of rebel territory by pro-government forces, the United Nations said on Friday.
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