Death toll in Lebanon bombings rises to 47

A Lebanese Army soldier stands guard in front of damaged cars at the site of a car bomb explosion outside of the Al-Taqwa mosque, in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Heavily-armed Lebanese security forces deployed across the northern city of Tripoli on Saturday as forensic experts sifted through the rubble from twin car bombs that killed at least 47 people the day before.

Saturday, 24 August, 2013, 6:07pm

Gunmen kill 3 Lebanon troops near Syria border

Najib Mikati. Photo: Reuters

Unknown gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers near the Syria border overnight, an official said on Tuesday, in the deadliest such attack since the start of the Syrian revolt more than two years ago.

28 May 2013 - 4:20pm

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.

27 May 2013 - 4:26am

Hezbollah chief pledges victory in Syria, Assad's fall will lead to 'dark period'

A TV grab from Al-Manar television shows Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Photo: EPA

Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah's comments offered the clearest public confirmation yet that the Iranian-backed group is directly involved in Syria’s war.

26 May 2013 - 2:47pm

Israeli strike on Syria ‘unacceptable’, Russia warns

An Iron Dome rocket defence system in Haifa, northern Israel. Photo: Reuters

Russia warned on Thursday that any air strike against its ally Syria would be “unacceptable”, as Israel maintained a strict silence on claims that it had bombed Syrian targets.

31 Jan 2013 - 6:29pm

Briefs, October 24, 2012

Qatari ruler Sheikh Hamad (left) and Gaza's prime minister. Photo: EPA

Troops bring calm to Beirut streets

24 Oct 2012 - 4:31am

Syrian refugees in Lebanon top 100,000: UN

Syrian people wait in front of the Lebanese General Security Centre to get papers, at the Lebanese border in Al Masnaa, on Sunday. Photo: EPA

More than 100,000 Syrians have fled their war-torn country for neighbouring Lebanon, itself hit by rising tensions in recent days, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

“Lebanon has become the third country in the region to see its population of registered Syrian refugees and people waiting for registration (exceed) the 100,000 mark,” the UNHCR said in a statement.

23 Oct 2012 - 9:54pm

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

Briefs, October 22, 2012

Basque Nationalist Inigo Urkullu triumphs in Bilbao. Photo: EPA

Beirut gunfight raises fears war may spread

BEIRUT - Lebanese troops and gunmen exchanged fire in Beirut's southern suburbs yesterday, wounding five people and deepening a political crisis following the assassination of a senior intelligence official. The violence heightened fears that the civil war in neighbouring Syria could be spreading into Lebanon. Reuters


23 Oct 2012 - 4:26am

Angry crowd demands Lebanon PM Mikati step down after slain spy chief's funeral

A protester throws a tear gas canister back at security forces during clashes after Wissam al-Hassan's funeral. Photo: AP

Violence erupted in downtown Beirut yesterday 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.

22 Oct 2012 - 10:13am

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

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

Talking points

Pope Benedict visits Lebanon, the first papal visit since 1997.

Tight security as pope visits Lebanon

14 Sep 2012 - 2:47am