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Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source. The delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation. The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the UN mediator Staffan de ...

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians

Saturday, 18 November 2017

At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.Ten of the victims were killed by air strikes and another four died in rocket fire, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It said another 40 people were wounded and the death toll was likely to rise.At a medical center near the town of Hazza, an AFP photographer saw wounded children and a child’s body ...

Air raids on market kill 53 in north Syria town

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Air strikes on a market killed at least 53 people, including children, in a town in northern Syria on Monday despite a “de-escalation zone” in place there, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the strikes on rebel-held Atareb had been carried out by Syrian warplanes, or those of Damascus’s ally Russia. The monitor said three strikes hit the town’s market, adding that five children were among the ...

Red Cross: Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syria capital

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Desperately needed humanitarian assistance entered a besieged rebel-held town near Syria’s capital on Sunday, the Red Cross said, in the first aid deliveries there in nearly three months.The International Committee of the Red Cross said a joint operation with the United Nations had brought in 24 trucks full of humanitarian relief to Douma.ICRC spokeswoman Ingy Sedky told AFP the deliveries included medicine, food parcels and nutrition items for 21,500 people.“The last delivery to ...

Triple suicide attack near Damascus police HQ: Ministry

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up near the main police headquarters building in Syria’s capital Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least one person, the interior ministry said. Two of the suicide bombers detonated their explosives in front of the police headquarters on Khaled Bin al-Walid street in central Damascus, the interior ministry said in a statement carried by state media. “The terrorist suicide attackers tried to storm the police command headquarters... The guards ...

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies.“Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!.“Suddenly, everyone wants to get closer to Assad,” he said.“I see that there is now a long line of countries applauding and wooing Assad, including Western (and) moderate Muslim ...

ISIS claims deadly suicide attack in Syrian capital

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The ISIS group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day. In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in the al-Midan neighborhood with several bombs, before one of them blew himself up, according to Syria’s interior minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar. He said the other bomber made it inside the compound, where police killed him, causing his bomb to explode. The blasts ...

Deadly twin suicide attack hits Damascus police station

Monday, 2 October 2017

Two suicide bombers attacked a police station in Damascus on Monday, killing a number of civilians and policemen, the interior minister said, in the first such attack in the Syrian capital since July. Four militants carried out the attack, killing more than 10 people, the pro-Damascus TV channel al-Mayadeen said. Russia's RIA news agency reported that 15 people were killed. Militants targeted the station in the al-Midan neighborhood and clashed with police officers there, Interior Minister ...

Report: Rockets hit Damascus airport area in probable Israeli attack

Friday, 22 September 2017

Two rockets struck near Damascus airport at dawn on Friday, Lebanese TV station al-Mayadeen reported, an attack it said had probably been carried out by Israeli warplanes from outside Syria’s borders.Al-Mayadeen gave no further details in the report carried in a news flash on screen. An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports of the air strike, saying: “We do not respond to such reports.”Earlier this month, the Syrian army reported an Israeli air strike ...

Syrian rebels say US allies push for retreat from southeast Syria

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Two Western-backed Syrian rebel groups fighting the Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias in southeastern Syria have been asked by their Western and Arab backers to pull out of the area and retreat into Jordan, rebels and diplomatic sources said on Sunday. Both Usoud al-Sharqiya and Martyr Ahmad Abdo, part of the Free Syrian Army group, said they were told to end fighting in the area by their backers from the US Central Intelligence Agency and neighbouring states that support them ...

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