Syrian refugees arrive in Wadi Hamayyed, on the outskirts of Lebanon’s northeastern border town of Arsal, to board buses bound for the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib on Wednesday, August 2nd. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty

A ceasefire and evacuation agreement between Hizbullah of the Lebanon and al-Qaeda’s Jabhat Fatah al-Sham got under way on Wednesday when more than 15(...)

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Monday to elect former general Michel Aoun as president, following 2½ years of caretaker government since Mi(...)

 Ayas Ibrahim in the unofficial refugee camp at Eb Elias: “The UN does not register us. We get nothing.”  Photograph: Hamzah Tahan

Abu Yasser boasts that his “non-camp” in Eb Elias is home to 3,000 refugees from every Syrian province. Last spring there were about 500 people when t(...)

Residents of Qusayr carry bags after visiting their houses to collect belongings. Photograph: Reuters/Rami Bleibel

Our journey begins at a small Shia mosque outside the Lebanese hill village of Qasr, 10km to the strategic Syrian town of Qusayr retaken on June 5th b(...)