Intense clashes in southern Syria have killed scores of pro-government and insurgent fighters in the past week, a group monitoring Syria`s war said on Sunday, forecasting even fiercer violence as the weather clears.
Lebanon`s former prime minister Saad al-Hariri arrived back in the country overnight on a rare visit and will make a speech on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of his father Rafik`s assassination, Lebanese media said.
Syria`s army gained ground from rebels in the south on Tuesday in what a monitoring group described as a large-scale offensive in the region backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters against insurgents including al Qaeda`s Syrian wing.
Israel`s Defence Minister Moshe Ya`alon Thursday said he received a message of restraint from the Lebanese Shia militant organisation Hezbollah through the UN, a day after a deadly attack claimed the lives of two Israeli soldiers.
Israel said on Thursday it received a message from the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that it was backing away from further violence, a day after the worst deadly clashes in years erupted along the border.
At least two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven others injured today when a missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group hit an army convoy, promoting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to threaten strong retaliation similar to the one carried out in Gaza last year.
An Israeli attack which killed several prominent members of Lebanon`s Hezbollah last week was an attempt by Israel to set "new rules" in the conflict between the two foes, Hezbollah`s deputy leader said at a gathering to commemorate those who died.
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Friday that the country was prepared for any retaliation by Hezbollah, after it carried out a deadly air strike in Syria against the Lebanese Shiite militant group.