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About Suzan
Suzan Haidamous is a journalist based in Bayrut, Lebanon.
Worked on Stories covering Lebanon, Syria and the Middle East for various international media outlets.
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Israeli strikes in Syria kill dozens, including soldiers and Hezbollah militants

29 Mar 2024  |  washingtonpost.com
Israeli military operations continue in Gaza, with ongoing raids at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit Israel amid rising US-Israel tensions over Prime Minister Netanyahu's plans to invade Rafah. Tensions escalate in the Middle East as Israeli troops target the Gaza-Egypt border crossing, risking the 1979 peace treaty, while diplomatic efforts are underway to prevent war between Israel and Lebanon.

Israel strikes in Syria kill dozens, including soldiers and Hezbollah militants

29 Mar 2024  |  Lewiston Sun Journal
Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria, killing dozens of Syrian soldiers, Hezbollah members, and civilians near Aleppo. This marks a significant escalation in Israel's military campaign against Iranian-backed forces since the Gaza war began. Hezbollah confirmed the deaths of seven members, while Syrian state news agency SANA reported casualties among civilians and soldiers. The strikes are part of ongoing hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, with recent escalations along the Lebanese border. Israeli officials signaled a shift to more aggressive military actions against Hezbollah, targeting locations in Lebanon and Syria.

Israel strikes in Syria kill dozens, including soldiers and Hezbollah militants

29 Mar 2024  |  www.pressherald.com
Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria, killing dozens of Syrian soldiers, Hezbollah members, and civilians. The strikes near Aleppo represent a significant escalation in Israel's campaign against Iranian-backed forces. Hezbollah confirmed the deaths of seven members, while Syrian state media reported casualties among civilians and soldiers. The attacks are part of ongoing hostilities since the war in Gaza began, with increased violence along the Lebanese border. Israel also targeted Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, killing a senior member. Israeli officials signal a shift to more aggressive military actions against Hezbollah.

At School in Southern Lebanon, an Aid Stop for People Fleeing Conflict

21 Oct 2023  |  japannews.yomiuri.co.jp
The article details the experiences of people fleeing conflict in southern Lebanon, particularly focusing on Mohammed Fattouh and his daughter Jana, who have sought refuge in Tyre. The conflict, which has escalated since the Hamas incursion into Israel on October 7, has led to significant displacement, with nearly 4,000 people reaching Tyre. The article highlights the humanitarian challenges faced by the displaced, including the use of white phosphorus by Israeli forces and the efforts of the Tyre Crisis Management Unit to provide shelter and necessities. The narrative underscores the uncertainty and fear experienced by those affected, as well as the broader regional implications of the conflict.

Lebanon deporting refugees to Syria to face an uncertain fate

20 May 2023  |  stripes.com
Lebanese authorities have begun deporting Syrian refugees, including Abu Hussein, who is wanted by the Syrian government for his media work during the 2011 protests. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have documented cases of detainees facing persecution upon their return. The deportations coincide with Arab states normalizing relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Arab League reinstating Syria's membership. The UNHCR has observed an increase in raids on Syrian communities in Lebanon and advocates for the protection of refugees from refoulement. Former head of Lebanon's General Security, Abbas Ibrahim, suggests the deportations are a plea for Western assistance to help Lebanon manage the refugee situation.

Lebanon deporting refugees to Syria to face an uncertain fate

19 May 2023  |  Washington Post
Lebanese authorities have begun deporting Syrian refugees back to Syria, where they face potential detention and persecution. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, have condemned these actions as unlawful and dangerous. The deportations coincide with a broader regional move to normalize relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Refugees like Abu Hussein recount harrowing experiences of being misled, detained, and mistreated by Lebanese forces. The United Nations and other organizations are advocating for the protection of refugees and adherence to international law, while Lebanese officials argue that Western countries need to provide more support.

In Lebanon’s ‘forgotten north,’ despair drives people to the sea

06 Oct 2022  |  washingtonpost.com
In the northern Lebanese provinces of Tripoli and Akkar, residents are enduring extreme poverty, prompting many to risk dangerous sea journeys to Europe. Dua Abdel Nour and her husband, Zein al-Deen Hamad, survived 36 hours at sea after their smuggler's boat sank, resulting in the loss of their unborn child. The World Bank has categorized Lebanon's economic situation as one of the worst since the mid-19th century, with the local currency losing over 96 percent of its value since 2019. The absence of government services has led to a reliance on local politicians for basic needs. Wissam al-Talawi, who lost his wife and two children during the same ill-fated journey, represents the desperation of many who seek a better life for their families.

No sign Trump’s Syria outreach has made progress on missing Americans

23 Oct 2020  |  Washington Post
Lebanon’s top intelligence official, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, has committed to continuing efforts to secure the release of six Americans missing in Syria, despite no evidence of progress from the Trump administration's outreach to President Bashar al-Assad. Ibrahim's visit to Washington, invited by the White House, was marked by controversy.

U.S. journalist detained during Lebanon protests on suspicion of sending footage to Israel

20 Jan 2020  |  Washington Post
An American journalist, Nicholas Frakes, was detained in Lebanon on suspicion of sending footage of anti-government protests to an Israeli news outlet, a serious crime under Lebanese law. Advocacy groups and friends believe his arrest is a case of mistaken identity. Lebanese authorities detained Frakes after live footage was broadcast on Haaretz's Facebook page, though Haaretz stated the video was sourced from Reuters, which denied Frakes' involvement. Frakes' case has been referred to military intelligence. The Committee to Protect Journalists and The New Arab have called for his release, emphasizing the growing concerns over the safety of journalists covering the increasingly violent protests in Lebanon.

Carlos Ghosn might not be as safe in Lebanon as he thought

02 Jan 2020  |  Washington Post
Carlos Ghosn, who fled Japan to Lebanon, faces new legal challenges as Lebanese lawyers filed a complaint against him for visiting Israel, a country Lebanon considers an enemy. This could lead to a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Ghosn's situation is complicated by Lebanon's political dynamics and ongoing financial crisis. Despite an Interpol notice, Lebanese authorities are not compelled to arrest him. Ghosn's powerful allies in Lebanon, including Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and President Michel Aoun, may influence the outcome. The case highlights Lebanon's complex legal and political landscape.

Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard

18 May 2019  |  seattletimes.com
Hezbollah is experiencing significant financial strain due to the comprehensive sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran, its main benefactor. The sanctions, which aim to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions, have led to a decrease in Iran's ability to finance allies like Hezbollah. This has resulted in cuts to Hezbollah's spending, including furloughs for fighters, reduced social services, and canceled programs on its television station. Despite these challenges, Hezbollah officials claim they are still prepared militarily and are seeking alternative sources of income. The sanctions have also raised concerns about increased instability and hardship in the region.

Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard

18 May 2019  |  News Chief
The Lebanese Hezbollah militia, heavily funded by Iran, is facing severe financial constraints due to the stringent sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump. These sanctions, aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, have significantly reduced Iran's ability to support its regional proxies, including Hezbollah. As a result, Hezbollah has had to implement drastic austerity measures, affecting its fighters, social services, and media operations. The sanctions have also intensified tensions between Washington and Tehran, with potential retaliatory actions from Iran being anticipated.

Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah, and it hurts

18 May 2019  |  washingtonpost.com
The Trump administration's sanctions on Iran have significantly reduced Iran's ability to finance its regional allies, including Hezbollah. The Lebanese militia has experienced a sharp decline in revenue, leading to cuts in spending, furloughs for fighters, and reduced social services. Despite these challenges, Hezbollah officials claim they are still receiving arms from Iran and remain militarily prepared. The sanctions have also deterred businesses from engaging with Hezbollah-affiliated companies, exacerbating the group's financial woes. Analysts express concern that the sanctions may destabilize the region further and provoke retaliation from Iran.

Trump's sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard

18 May 2019  |  www.theledger.com
The Lebanese Hezbollah militia, heavily funded by Iran, is facing severe financial strain due to the sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump. These sanctions, more stringent than those under the Obama administration, have significantly reduced Iran's revenue, impacting its ability to support regional allies like Hezbollah. The militia has had to cut spending, furlough fighters, and reduce social services. The sanctions have also affected Iran's economy, leading to widespread hardship. Analysts suggest that the severity of the sanctions may provoke a strong response from Iran, potentially escalating tensions in the region.

How Trump is trying to dismantle a lifeline for Palestinians in Lebanon

21 Nov 2018  |  The Independent
The Trump administration's decision to halt funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has sparked significant concern among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. The move, described by US officials as addressing an 'irredeemably flawed' agency, is seen as an attempt to undermine the Palestinian right of return and pressure host countries to resettle refugees. Critics argue that the administration's approach is heavy-handed and risks destabilizing the region, while some Palestinians and analysts believe that UNRWA's existence perpetuates dependency and hinders long-term solutions. The funding cuts have led to increased financial contributions from other countries, but the future of UNRWA and the refugees it supports remains uncertain.

Hezbollah looks to emerge stronger as Lebanese head to the polls on Sunday

04 May 2018  |  Washington Post
Lebanon has undergone significant changes since its last election nine years ago, including the war in neighboring Syria and an influx of over 2 million refugees. The country's political landscape has also shifted, with Hezbollah, a militant group, becoming more prominent in Lebanese politics since 2009.

Syria blocks inspectors, sparking concerns about a coverup

20 Apr 2018  |  www.eastbaytimes.com
In the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, international inspectors have been blocked from accessing the site, raising suspicions of a coverup by Syrian and Russian authorities. The U.S. and other Western governments allege that evidence is being removed to obstruct the investigation. Witnesses and experts express concerns that crucial evidence is being erased, while local residents report intimidation and pressure to deny the attack. The situation underscores the complexities and challenges of international investigations in conflict zones.

Chemical weapons coverup suspected in Syria as inspectors remain blocked

20 Apr 2018  |  www.baltimoresun.com
In Douma, Syria, suspicions of a chemical weapons coverup have intensified as international inspectors face delays in accessing the site of a suspected attack. Syrian and Russian military officials are accused of obstructing the investigation and removing evidence. The U.S., France, and Britain launched military action against Syrian chemical weapons sites following the attack, which killed at least 43 people. Witnesses reported a chlorine smell and symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure. Experts warn that evidence is diminishing daily. Local residents and medical professionals report pressure and intimidation from Syrian authorities to deny the attack.

Chemical weapons coverup suspected in Syria as inspectors remain blocked

20 Apr 2018  |  Washington Post
In Douma, Syria, suspicions of a chemical weapons coverup have intensified as international inspectors face delays in accessing the site of a suspected attack. Syrian and Russian authorities are accused of obstructing the investigation and removing evidence. The U.S., France, and Britain have launched military actions in response to the attack, which killed at least 43 people. Witnesses reported symptoms consistent with nerve agent exposure. Experts warn that the chances of finding conclusive evidence diminish with each passing day. Local residents and medical professionals have faced pressure and intimidation to deny the occurrence of the attack.

She's Frozen: Mother Screamed As She Found 2-Year-Old On Front Porch

06 Feb 2018  |  ndtv.com
A 2-year-old girl named Wynter Parker was found unresponsive and cold to the touch on her family's front porch in Akron, Ohio, by her mother. The mother had left Wynter with the child's father, who fell asleep, allowing the toddler to wander outside. The child was pronounced dead at Akron Children's Hospital, and the Akron Police Department is investigating the incident. An autopsy is being performed by the Summit County medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Fleeing to safety, 15 Syrians froze to death on a mountain. A girl was found alive among them. Who was she?

05 Feb 2018  |  chicagotribune.com
A group of about 70 Syrian refugees attempting to cross a mountain range into Lebanon during a storm became lost and scattered, resulting in 15 deaths from freezing temperatures. The incident highlighted the ongoing desperate attempts of Syrians to flee conflict, despite increasingly restrictive entry policies worldwide. Among the victims was the family of Shihab al-Abed from Deir al-Zour province, who recounted their harrowing journey and the loss of several family members. A 3-year-old girl, Sarah, was found alive but in critical condition, and was later reunited with her father, who had been living in Lebanon.

Frozen to death on a mountain: How seven years of war ended for 15 Syrian refugees

05 Feb 2018  |  Washington Post
A group of 70 Syrian refugees attempting to cross the mountain range between Syria and Lebanon faced a deadly storm, resulting in 15 deaths due to freezing temperatures. The tragedy underscores the ongoing desperation of Syrians fleeing the war, despite closed borders and dangerous smuggling routes. The story follows the Abed family, who fled their village in Deir al-Zour province due to escalating conflict involving the Islamic State. Misled by smugglers, they faced harsh weather conditions, leading to multiple fatalities within the family. The article also highlights the survival of a young girl, Sarah, who was found comatose but later recovered, symbolizing a small glimmer of hope amidst the broader tragedy.

Fleeing to safety, 15 Syrians froze to death on a mountain. A girl was found alive among them. Who was she?

05 Feb 2018  |  baltimoresun.com
A group of about 70 Syrian refugees attempting to cross a mountain range into Lebanon were caught in a storm, resulting in 15 deaths from freezing temperatures. The deceased included members of a family from Barghouz, Deir al-Zour, fleeing Islamic State control. Among the dead was a woman found with her child, and a girl named Sarah was discovered alive but with severe frostbite. The survivors recounted their harrowing journey, misled by smugglers about the route's difficulty. The incident highlighted the ongoing plight of Syrians seeking refuge despite closed borders.

15 Syrians, Fleeing, Died On Mountain. Girl Was Found Alive. Who Was She?

15 Syrian refugees fleeing the war freeze to death in Lebanon

01 Feb 2018  |  Washington Post
A group of about 70 Syrian refugees attempting to flee to Lebanon via a mountain route were caught in a storm, resulting in the deaths of 15 people due to freezing conditions. The tragedy highlights the ongoing desperate efforts of Syrians to escape the war, despite closed borders and dangerous smuggling routes. The article recounts the harrowing experiences of the Abed family and the challenges they faced, including deception by smugglers and severe weather conditions. The story also touches on the broader context of the Syrian refugee crisis and the difficulties faced by those fleeing the conflict.

Mystery still shrouds detaining of billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

28 Jan 2018  |  smh.com.au
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor, was released from custody in Saudi Arabia following a detention exceeding two months as part of an anti-corruption probe. His arrest highlighted the power dynamics and societal changes under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The nature of the accusations and detainee identities remained unclear, with the government preferring financial settlements over criminal charges. Detainees were held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, which is set to reopen to the public, indicating a phase of the anti-corruption campaign's conclusion. The Saudi government's approach to fighting corruption has been criticized by experts like Karen Young from the Arab Gulf States Institute. Alwaleed, in his first public comments since the arrest, maintained his innocence and suggested a financial agreement was reached, without disclosing details.

Lebanon’s Hariri overrules ban on ‘The Post’ after public uproar

17 Jan 2018  |  www.mercurynews.com
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri intervened to lift a ban on the film 'The Post,' which had been prohibited due to director Steven Spielberg's ties to Israel. The decision, seen as a rare government contradiction of the censorship board, was praised by free speech advocates but criticized by groups opposing Israeli connections. The Interior Ministry's decree allowed the film to be screened, highlighting Lebanon's complex relationship with censorship and freedom of expression.

Lebanon’s Hariri overrules ban on ‘The Post’ after public uproar

17 Jan 2018  |  Washington Post
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri intervened to lift a ban on the film 'The Post,' which had been imposed due to director Steven Spielberg's ties to Israel. The decision, which was a rare override of Lebanon's censorship board, was made to support free speech despite opposition from groups like the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon. The Interior Ministry permitted the film's screening, emphasizing its focus on the Vietnam War and lack of connection to Lebanon or Israel. The move was praised by free speech advocates as a significant step for freedom of expression in Lebanon.

Lebanon bans new film ‘The Post,’ citing Spielberg’s ties to Israel

15 Jan 2018  |  Washington Post
Lebanon has banned the film 'The Post' due to director Steven Spielberg's ties to Israel, reflecting a broader trend of censorship in the country. The General Security Directorate's decision aligns with the Arab League's boycott of Israel, citing Spielberg's donation to Israel during the 2006 war with Hezbollah. The ban has sparked criticism from free-speech advocates, highlighting the irony of censoring a film that promotes press freedoms. This move is part of a larger pattern of Lebanon enforcing its censorship laws, particularly those related to Israel, amidst a climate of increasing restrictions on free speech since President Michel Aoun's election in 2016.

Uber driver with criminal record killed British Embassy worker in Beirut, authorities say

18 Dec 2017  |  www.baltimoresun.com
Lebanese police have arrested Tarek Harb, an Uber driver with a criminal record, for the murder of Rebecca Dykes, a British Embassy worker in Beirut. Dykes was found dead after leaving a bar, with evidence suggesting she was raped and strangled. The British Embassy and her family expressed deep sorrow, while Lebanese authorities were praised for the swift arrest. Dykes was planning to return home for Christmas.

Uber driver with a criminal record killed British Embassy worker in Beirut, authorities say

18 Dec 2017  |  Washington Post
Lebanese police have arrested Tarek Harb, suspected of killing British Embassy worker Rebecca Dykes in Beirut. Dykes was found dead after leaving a bar, with evidence suggesting she was raped and strangled. Harb, previously jailed on drug charges, was tracked through surveillance footage. The British Embassy and Lebanese authorities are cooperating on the investigation, with Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk praising the swift arrest. Dykes's family and colleagues expressed their devastation and requested privacy.

Hezbollah rally attracts thousands as Trump’s Jerusalem fallout continues

11 Dec 2017  |  www.thegazette.com
Thousands of Hezbollah supporters rallied in Beirut, incited by leader Hasan Nasrallah, in response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The decision has sparked protests and violence across the Arab world, including rocket attacks from Gaza. European Union leaders have condemned the move, advocating for a two-state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. The article highlights the regional tensions and the involvement of various militant groups and political leaders.

Protesters throw stones, burn effigies of Trump outside U.S. Embassy in Beirut

10 Dec 2017  |  nationalpost.com
Lebanese security forces clashed with demonstrators near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut as hundreds protested against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The army used water cannons and tear gas against protesters who hurled stones and burned effigies of Trump. Eight people were hospitalized, and 43 treated at the scene. The protest reflects wider regional unrest following the White House's announcement, which has been met with condemnation from various groups including Hezbollah and the Arab League. Turkish President Erdogan criticized Israel, while French President Macron urged Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to negotiate with the Palestinians. Netanyahu maintained that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. The article also touches on the plight of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

From Saudi, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri Insists He's 'Free', Will Return 'Very Soon'

12 Nov 2017  |  www.ndtv.com
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, in a televised interview from Saudi Arabia, insisted he is free to move and will return to Lebanon soon. Hariri's resignation, announced from Riyadh, has sparked speculation about Saudi Arabia's influence and Iran's role in Lebanon. He criticized Hezbollah and Iran for destabilizing Lebanon and suggested he might withdraw his resignation if Hezbollah remains neutral in regional conflicts. The interview highlighted the complex political dynamics involving Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Lebanon.

Barrick’s digital reinvention taking shape in Nevada desert

05 Nov 2017  |  sltrib.com
Barrick Gold Corp. is undergoing a digital transformation at its Cortez operation in Elko, Nevada, aiming to revolutionize the gold mining industry. Partnering with Cisco Systems Inc., Barrick has established an in-house coding hub named C0dem1ne, introduced autonomous mining equipment, and built a data analytics center. Despite slower progress than anticipated, COO Richard Williams reports cost reductions and anticipates significant efficiency improvements. The company is also investing in AI for exploration and cyanide-free leaching. Barrick's digitization efforts are part of a broader industry trend, with competitors like Newmont Mining Corp. also adopting advanced technologies. The initiative is not expected to result in significant job losses and is part of a long-term strategy to make Barrick a leading 21st-century company.

Utah Republican Party switches gears again, saying it will continue lawsuit against SB54 — without ‘paying another dime’

04 Nov 2017  |  sltrib.com
The Utah Republican Party, facing significant debt due to legal challenges against SB54, a state elections law, has decided to continue its lawsuit without further financial investment. With $423,000 in bills and only $25,000 in the bank, the party's Central Committee voted to allow the lawsuit to proceed as long as no additional funds are spent. The decision comes amid internal divisions and concerns that the ongoing lawsuit is affecting fundraising efforts and supporting the Count My Vote ballot initiative, which seeks to change the state's election process. Party Chairman Rob Anderson and others have faced criticism for their handling of the situation, with some members attempting to censure leadership. The party awaits a ruling from the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lebanon and Hezbollah launch simultaneous battles against Islamic State

20 Aug 2017  |  The Sydney Morning Herald
The Lebanese army, backed by the US, launched a major offensive against Islamic State militants in north-eastern Lebanon, coinciding with a separate offensive by Hezbollah and the Syrian army across the border. This operation aims to reassert control over Lebanon's borders and is significant due to the complex political landscape involving US-backed Lebanese forces and Iran-backed Hezbollah. The Lebanese army emphasized no coordination with Hezbollah, despite both targeting Islamic State positions. The US has provided substantial military aid to Lebanon, bolstering its army's capabilities. The battle is crucial for Lebanon's stability and geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East.

As Trump bars Syrian refugees, life in their camps is getting harder

30 Jan 2017  |  gulfnews.com
Syrian refugees in Lebanon face increasingly harsh conditions as President Donald Trump suspends their resettlement to the United States. Many refugees, who initially thought their displacement would be temporary, now struggle with deteriorating living conditions, debt, and limited resources. Humanitarian organizations like the United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, and Action for Hope are working to provide support, but the challenges remain significant. Refugees express a longing to return to Syria, but the ongoing conflict and lack of security make this impossible.

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