Latest in Tag: Damascus Highlight
Latest in Tag: Damascus
The Syrian army forces managed to destroy two car bombs before their arrival at military targets, says Syrian embassy in Cairo
The Syrian government has confirmed its participation in the latest talks aimed at a political solution to the conflict. A UN official said he spoke with Damascus about the need for a UN-backed transition.
Damascus has extended a ceasefire for 72 hours, marking the second of its kind since the end of Ramadan. The US’ top diplomat is expected in Moscow as the international community pushes to revive stalled peace talks.
The Syrian regime has launched a major aerial operation on a rebel-held town near the capital, effectively ending a local truce. Rebels claim the airstrikes were retaliation for the execution of a government pilot.
Two bombs have exploded in the Syrian capital, killing and injuring dozens of people. The suspected terror attacks took place near the country’s holiest Shiite shrine, the Sayeda Zeinab mosque.
Militant groups in Syria have refused to abide by the truce unless government troops stop the violence within 48 hours. The statement comes after President Assad’s army bombed rebel strongholds around Damascus.
The Syrian military has extended its ceasefire around the capital although fighting is still going on in the country’s north. Meanwhile,US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to revive peace talks.
Syria’s foreign minister has criticized the UN envoy’s comments concerning presidential elections in 18 months. The Syrian government and mainstream opposition coalition confirmed they will be attending talks in Geneva.
The opposition group will meet Di Mistura Monday after his positive response
We will freeze any negotiations with the regime, says member of the Syrian opposition
A plan to evacuate thousands of militants and civilians from rebel-held districts of Syria’s capital has been put on hold. It comes a day after an airstrike killed a Syrian rebel leader in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.
Two rockets have struck the Russian embassy in Damascus. The attack took place as hundreds of people were gathering for a demonstration in support of Russia’s intervention in Syria.
Syrian refugee Alaa Houd left his job and family and hired people smugglers to make his way to the wealthy countries of Western Europe. Hiring people smugglers was his only way of leaving war-torn Syria. DW reporter Diana Hodali spoke with Syrian Alaa Houd and recounted his story for him.
Several civilians have been killed in air strikes and shelling by Syrian government forces in Douma, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. The suburb has been under aerial attack for more than a week.
Local militias initially thwarted advance, but monitoring group announced IS is now almost completely in control of Yarmouk
Also in Aleppo province, a ninth man was executed and crucified in Al-Bab town near the border with Turkey.
Of the estimated three million Syrians living abroad, including both refugees and peacetime residents, only around 200,000 were entitled to vote on Wednesday, in 39 embassies abroad
While the edges of Adra are under government control, the interior of the town, which has Sunni, Alawite and Christian communities, is in rebel hands.
The election is being staged despite a raging civil war, with dozens of people dying across the country every day.
AFP- At least 14 people were killed on Monday in a rebel mortar attack on Syria’s capital Damascus, as four new candidates registered to run in next month’s presidential vote. The new candidates bring the number of people hoping to compete in the 3 June election to 11, including incumbent President Bashar Al-Assad. Shortly before …
AFP – Mortar rounds fired on schools in the Syrian capital on Tuesday killed a child and wounded more than 40 people, among them more children, state media said. Rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Al-Assad hold some territory on the outskirts of Damascus from which they have regularly launched mortar and rocket attacks targeting …
AFP – A firefight between pro- and anti-Damascus factions in Beirut killed one gunman and wounded 13 Sunday, a security official said, in the latest spillover of the conflict in neighbouring Syria. The gun battle raged from 3am to 8.30am (0100 to 0630 GMT) in a poor Sunni Muslim district in the south of the …
Obama thanked Salam for hosting Syrian refugees, nearly one million of whom have fled to Lebanon.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Islamists included the Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front.
The Syrian army said the air strikes killed one soldier and wounded seven, cautioning that the assault endangered “the security and stability of the region”.
OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told the Executive Council meeting that Syria had submitted a revised proposal to complete the removal of all chemicals from Syria before the end of April, after previously saying it could only complete the job by June.
AFP – Saudi Arabia has hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply shoulder-launched missiles to Syrian rebels, saying it was Moscow’s support for Damascus that was prolonging the conflict. A spokesman told the official SPA news agency late Friday that the foreign ministry had been “astonished by Russian criticism of Saudi …
The US rejected a Damascus request for a 100-day extension to an end-May deadline for it to ship out the totality of its chemical arms
The timing of Idriss’s replacement by another senior military commander is significant, with analysts predicting that the most likely outcome of the peace talks stalemate will be a renewed focus by both sides on military operations.
Syria, Kaag said, was continuing to display “constructive cooperation” despite missing several deadlines to ship chemical material out of the country.