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 President Higgins meeting parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri in Beirut. Photograph: Maxwell’s

“The blood of 47 Irish martyrs is mixed with the history of this land,” the president of Lebanon said on Thursday in reference to four decades of serv(...)

A Turkish-backed Syrian fighter fires during clashes in the border town of Ras al-Ain on Sunday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump has ordered all remaining US forces in northeast Syria to withdraw in the face of a growing Turkish military assault, risking an escalati(...)

 Kurdish people hold placards reading in Arabic ‘No to the Turkish occupation’ during a protest against the Turkish offensive, in Amuda town, Al-Hasakah governorate, northeastern Syria. Photograph: EPA

Arab states have uniformly condemned the Turkish invasion of northeast Syria and called for an immediate halt to the offensive. Given a green light b(...)

 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Benny Gantz, leader and candidate of the Israel Resilience party that is part of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, shakes hands with supporters in Tel Aviv. Photograph:  Gali Tibbon/AFP

The Palestinians and Arabs are hoping and praying Israel’s next coalition will not be headed by the right-wing Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu. “Anyone b(...)

Amineh Bou Aish (67), grandmother, farmer and head of household, in her home in Zabadani, Syria. Photograph: Michael Jansen

The highway from Damascus to the resort towns of Zabadani and Bloudan climbs the slopes of the Qalamoun mountains near the Lebanese border. En route w(...)

Israeli soldiers with artillery units in Hula Valley  near the Israeli-Lebanon border, Israel. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Israel’s military said on Sunday that anti-tank missiles from Lebanon targeted an army base and vehicles, and that it responded with fire into souther(...)

Lebanese girls look at an anti-armour TOW2 rocket mounted on a Lebanese vehicle during an open day between the Lebanese army and UN peacekeeping troops  in the southern port city of Tyre, Lebanon. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh

Israel has released information on what it described as a secret joint project being carried out by Iran and Hizbullah in Lebanon with the aim of armi(...)

Israeli soldiers patrolling near the northern Israeli town of Avivim, close to the border with Lebanon.  Photograph: Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty

Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun has said his country has a right to defend itself after Israeli drone strikes that he said were akin to a “declaration(...)

Salah Estwani, 26, has received instructions from German authorities to go back to Syria. Photograph: Sally Hayden

It’s been two weeks since Salah Estwani got a seven-page letter telling him he needs to go back to Syria. He’s 26 – a Shakespeare lover with a bushy b(...)

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