August 17, 2013 |
BEIRUT - It was an incident shrouded in mystery that occurred in one of the Middle East's most sensitive areas: the "Blue Line" demarcating the frontier between southern Lebanon and northern Israel. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 7, four Israel soldiers were wounded along the United Nations-designated line, which for the most part has been quiet since Israel and Hezbollah forces fought a monthlong war in 2006. After the incident, Israel issued a vague and terse statement saying its soldiers had suffered light to moderate injuries when an "explosion" occurred "during an overnight activity adjacent to the northern border.
December 20, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- An iconic Lebanese singer has stirred controversy by expressing her love for the leader of the Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah. Ziad Rahbbani, an accomplished songwriter in his own right and son of Lebanese singer Fairouz, caused a furor when he told a website that his mother “loves the sayed very much,” a reference to Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's general secretary. Although Hezbollah has been designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department, it is a dominant player in Lebanese politics with an active social component that operates alongside its paramilitary activities.
May 26, 2013 |
BEIRUT--A pair of rockets slammed into the southern reaches of Beirut early Sunday, raising fears that spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria could be spreading to the Lebanese capital. Four men were injured but none killed in the rocket strikes, officials said. All the injured were Syrian laborers at a used car lot where one of the rockets struck. The other shell hit a nearby apartment building. Authorities said the Grad rockets - known to be notoriously imprecise - were launched from an area about six miles away.
March 26, 2013 |
AL QASR, Lebanon - Each evening, Ali Jamal and other men in this border town grab their Kalashnikov assault rifles, jump on their motorbikes and ride across the irrigation canal into Syria to protect their homes. The enemies are Sunni rebel "terrorists," he says, who target Jamal and his neighbors because they are Shiite Muslims. "Imagine, these people used to be our neighbors," said the 40-year-old farmer, perplexed by the transformation. "Now they want to kidnap and kill us. " Tensions gripping the villages along the border here between northeastern Lebanon and Syria illustrate the increasingly sectarian nature of the 2-year-old Syrian conflict and the risks it poses for the entire region.
June 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A Lebanese demonstrator was shot dead outside the Iranian embassy here Sunday when clashes erupted against the Shiite militant group Hezbollah's widening involvement in the neighboring civil war in Syria. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has riled sectarian tensions in the region by sending its fighters to support the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The official Lebanese new agency said Hisham Salman died shortly after being shot in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood.
April 30, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The head of the powerful Hezbollah movement vowed Tuesday that the Lebanese group and other allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad would not allow the government in Damascus to be overthrown. “Syria has real friends, in the region and the world, that will not let it fall into the hands of America, Israel and Takfiri groups,” Hassan Nasrallah, general-secretary of the Shiite Muslim organization, said in a televised address. The reference to Takfiris was an allusion to Al Qaeda and other Sunni Muslim extremists who denounce Shiites as apostates and view Hezbollah as a mortal enemy. Nasrallah has repeatedly charged that such extremists are prominent in the Sunni-led Syrian rebel forces seeking to oust Assad.