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Lebanon to get U.S. and international aid with spillover from Syrian conflict

International community to help Lebanon with Syria spillover (via AFP) The international community pledged Tuesday to support the Lebanese armed forces by training them to deal with any spillover of the Syrian crisis. “Countries including the United States, Saudia Arabia, France, Turkey and Italy, have committed to concrete…   [Image…

Kidnapped nuns held since December released by Syrian rebels

A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities. A monitoring group said the release was secured in exchange for some 150 women prisoners who were being held in Syria’s…

‘Gory’ Hezbollah ‘execution’ video sparks online outrage

A gory online video that appears to show Hezbollah fighters executing gravely wounded Syrian rebels has sparked outrage and threatens to worsen sectarian tensions in Lebanon. The video shows armed men in fatigues, at least one wearing the yellow arm band sported by the Lebanese Shiite movement, dragging several bloodied…

Syrian war refugees describe five-day escape to safety

Exhausted by a gruelling five-day trek to reach safety in Lebanon over rocky mountains and valleys, Mohammad from war-torn Syria had to walk despite injuries to his leg while hiding from regime troops. Wounded in Qusayr, Mohammad, 35, is now being treated in a rudimentary hospital in Minieh, northern Lebanon,…

Rockets fired across Lebanon, Israel border

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Several rockets fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Tuesday, the first since 2009, prompting Israel to return fire, military officials said. Two buildings in Israel’s western Galilee area were damaged, Israeli media said, but there were no reports of casualties. Residents said they heard two explosions…

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