Lebanon's capital hit by rockets amid fears Syria's civil war is spreading

Lebanese security forces inspect the site of a rocket attack in a southern suburb of Beirut. At least four people were wounded when two rockets exploded. Photo: AFP

A pair of rockets slammed into a car dealership and a residential building in strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia in southern Beirut yesterday, wounding four people and raising fears that Syria's civil war is increasingly spreading into Lebanon.

Monday, 27 May, 2013, 4:26am

Army, gunmen trade fire in Beirut as tensions rise

Lebanese cross between burning tyres and garbage containers laid by protesters after overnight clashes between Sunni and Shiite gunmen, in Beirut, Lebanon on Monday. Photo: AFP

Lebanese troops deployed in Sunni areas of the capital as more sectarian violence erupted, stoking fresh fears after a top security official was killed in a bombing blamed on neighbouring Syria.

23 Oct 2012 - 12:42pm

Clashes continue in Beirut after overnight fighting

Burning tyres and garbage containers are strewn across the streets of Beirut after overnight clashes between Sunni and Shiite gunmen. Photo: AFP

Lebanese troops traded fire with unidentified armed men in a Sunni district of the capital on Monday, after deadly violence hit Tripoli and several people were wounded in Beirut.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:34pm

Clashes erupt in Beirut after slain official's funeral

Lebanese protestes wave Syrian revolutionary flags, national flags and Islamic flags as they gather in Martyrs' Square for the funeral of General Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. Photo: AP

Violence erupted in downtown Beirut on Sunday as protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati after the funeral of an assassinated intelligence chief whose death they blame on Syria.

Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:06pm

Call for anti-Syria demo at Lebanon police chief’s funeral

Protesters make their way to Beirut’s Martyrs Square for an anti-Syria demonstration on Sunday. Photo: AP

Lebanese opposition supporters were expected to turn out in the thousands on Sunday for an anti-Syria demonstration at the funeral of a top security official killed in a car bombing blamed on the Damascus regime.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Assad accused after Beirut bomb kills security official

Lebanese security forces inspect the site of an explosion in Beirut's Christian neighbourhood of Ashrafieh. Photo: AFP

A car bomb blast in Beirut on Friday killed eight people including a top security official linked to the anti-Damascus camp in Lebanon, prompting opposition calls for the government to resign.

The rush-hour bombing in the predominantly Christian district of Ashrafieh also left 86 people wounded, Information Minister Walid Daouk said.

20 Oct 2012 - 2:42pm

Top Lebanese agent dead in Beirut bomb blast

A car burns after an explosion in east Beirut. The blast damaged cars and destroyed the front of a multi-storey building. Photo: Reuters

Senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan, who led the investigation that implicated Syria and Hezbollah in the killing of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, died yesterday in a Beirut explosion.

"I can just say that it is true, he is dead," a Lebanese official, who worked with al-Hassan, said.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:58am

Beirut bomb blast kills eight, scores injured

Firefighters extinguish burning cars after an explosion in Achrafiyeh, Beirut. Photo: AP

A huge car bomb exploded in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday killing a top security official and seven others, wounded about 80 and heightened fears that Syria’s war is aggravating tensions in Lebanon.

20 Oct 2012 - 2:15am

Syrian forces, rebels clash near Turkey

A Syrian man carries his wounded daughter outside a hospital in the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday. Fierce clashes have broken out between Syrian rebels and regime forces. Photo: AFP

Fierce clashes broke out on Tuesday between Syrian rebels and regime forces battling for control of a border crossing on the frontier with Turkey, and Turkish authorities told residents to evacuate the area.

19 Sep 2012 - 6:11pm

Eat, play, love - Beirut

The marina at Zaitunay Bay.  Photo: Corbis

On honeymoon in Beirut, a city synonymous with conflict, Omar Mouallem finds a culture keen to make food, not war.

31 Aug 2012 - 7:35pm


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8 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Here comes the jetty set

There aren't many downtown hotels in the world where you can walk straight into the foyer after mooring your private yacht on the doorstep, but the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut is one of them.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Q&A: Marie-Helene de Taillac

French designer Marie-Helene de Taillac launched her first jewellery collection in 1996 using brightly coloured semi-precious gems from India, including apatite, chalcedony, sapphire, fire opals and topaz. Her designs quickly created a buzz for their simple, chic look and wearability.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Chinese embassies help Hong Kong residents flee to Syria

Hong Kong residents fled to Syria from missile-torn Beirut with the help of Chinese embassies on both sides of the border.

Chinese authorities made arrangements with Syria to allow visa-free access to mainland Chinese and Hong Kong people entering at the border, an official at the Chinese embassy in Beirut said.

18 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

War baby's bite of Lamma life

Marching down Yung Shue Wan main street in sandals, a kaftan and baggy dhoti-style pants, his unruly ginger hair loosely pulled into a ponytail, Bobsy fits the Lamma hippy stereotype.

28 Feb 1998 - 12:00am