Arab Unrest

  • Syrian Prime Minister survives Damascus bombing, 6 die 29-04-2013 08:10 PM

    Beirut: Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halki survived a bomb attack on his convoy in Damascus on Monday, state media and activists said, as rebels struck in the heart of President Bashar al-Assad's capital. Six people were killed in the blast, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the latest...
  • Egypt: 38 dead in clashes between protesters, police 23-11-2011 09:18 PM

    Police and army used tear gas and rubber bullets to keep the protesters from storming the Interior Ministry. ...
  • Scared Syrian President Assad promises reforms 24-08-2011 09:24 AM

    Residents come out to show loyalty to Bashar al Assad, but they also feel the pressure that the Syrian government is feeling. ...
  • People loot arms from Gaddafi's compound 24-08-2011 09:08 AM

    The rebels stormed into Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli on Tuesday. ...
  • More than 2,000 dead in Syrian crackdown: Clinton 05-08-2011 05:36 PM

    Washington: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has accused the Syrian government of killing more than 2,000 of its own citizens during its ongoing brutal crackdown against opposition protesters as the Obama administration moved to further isolate President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle. The administration is unhappy with Assad's...
  • Syrians flee to Lebanon; death toll rises to 20 25-06-2011 06:41 PM

    Beirut: Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, have crossed into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing violence in their homeland, a Lebanese security official said on Saturday. Most arriving at the border came shortly after Syrian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters across Syria...
  • Syrians flee northern town as tanks close in 16-06-2011 07:25 AM

    Amman: Thousands of Syrians have fled the historic town of Maarat al-Numaan to escape troops and tanks pushing into the north in a widening military campaign to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad. In Turkey, which has been receiving thousands of Syrian refugees escaping military assaults, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan...
  • Tanks, troops move to snuff out Syria resistance 15-06-2011 01:22 AM

    Boynuyogun: Syrian tanks and the government's most loyal troops pushed into more towns and villages on Tuesday, trying to snuff out any chance that the uprising against President Bashar Assad could gain a base for a wider armed rebellion. Facing the most serious threat to his family's 40-year ruling dynasty,...
  • Syrian president avoiding UN's phone calls 11-06-2011 02:19 PM

    United Nations: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, facing international pressure over his crackdown on anti-government protests, has been avoiding calls from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said that Ban tried to reach Assad several times, but he would not come to the phone. "The Secretary General has...
  • Syria forces kill 5, swoop on border town 10-06-2011 10:45 PM

    Amman: Syrian forces shot dead five protesters and wounded scores more on Friday, witnesses said, in a widening military crackdown on popular unrest that has sent thousands of civilians fleeing into Turkey this week. The Syrian army swept into a northwest border town where clashes raged earlier this week and...
  • Syria: 70 killed in anti-Assad protests on Friday 04-06-2011 07:45 PM

    Beirut: Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters on Friday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al Assad. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday in defiance of security forces...
  • More than thirty kids killed in Syria: UNICEF 03-06-2011 09:38 AM

    Anger and protests continue against the torture and murder of 13-year-old Hamza, who became the face of the movement in Syria. ...
  • Russia joins Western chorus for Gaddafi to go 27-05-2011 08:45 PM

    Triploi: Russia believes Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi should quit and could help broker his departure, a senior Russian official said on Friday in an important boost to NATO powers bent on ending his 41-year rule. It was a striking change in tone from Kremlin criticism of Western air strikes in...
  • Syrian army tightens grip in areas of unrest 11-05-2011 07:44 AM

    Beirut: Tanks and troops rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria's anti-government uprising Tuesday, while officials in Washington said the US administration is edging closer to calling for an end to the Assad family's long rule after its violent suppression of the protests. The Syrian military has been...
  • Banias: Syrian forces crack down on protesters 03-05-2011 05:23 PM

    Amman: Syrian security forces swept into the coastal city of Banias on Tuesday, a protest leader said, taking control of another urban center from demonstrators challenging the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad. "They moved into the main market area. The army has sealed the northern entrance and security forces...
  • Syrian forces kill 62, US tightens sanctions 30-04-2011 05:45 PM

    Amman: The United States imposed new sanctions on key Syrian government figures after security forces killed more than 60 people across Syria during demonstrations demanding the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad. A medical source told Reuters that soldiers in Deraa killed 19 people on Friday when they fired on thousands...
  • Syrian protesters call for Assad overthrow 29-04-2011 09:41 PM

    Amman: Thousands of Syrians called on Friday for the toppling of President Bashar al-Assad and pledged support for the city of Deraa where tanks and troops have tried to crush resistance to his authoritarian rule, activists said. "The people want the overthrow of the regime!" demonstrators chanted in the Damascus...
  • US mulling sanctions on Syrian officials 26-04-2011 07:19 AM

    Washington: The United States is considering sanctions against Syrian government officials to increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to end a violent crackdown on protesters, a US official said on Monday. The measures, which could freeze the officials' assets and ban them from doing business in the United States, would...
  • NATO air strike flattens Gaddafi's compound 25-04-2011 06:26 PM

    Tripoli: A NATO air strike destroyed buildings inside Muammar Gaddafi's office in the capital Tripoli on Monday as forces loyal to the embattled leader pounded western Misurata, despite the regime announcing halt to operations in the besieged city. In one of the biggest air strikes to hit Tripoli since the...
  • 75 killed in deadliest day of Syria uprising 23-04-2011 07:25 AM

    Beirut: Amnesty International says at least 75 people have been killed during the deadliest day of pro-democracy protests in Syria. The human rights group cited local activists. Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas on Friday on rallies across the country. The demonstrations are a sign that President...
  • Syria lifts hated law, protesters unimpressed 20-04-2011 07:42 AM

    Beirut: Syria did away with 50 years of emergency rule on Tuesday, but emboldened and defiant crowds accused President Bashar Assad of simply trying to buy time while he clings to power in one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East. Repealing the state of emergency, which gives...
  • At least four die in protests across Arab world 02-04-2011 09:37 AM

    Damascus: At least four people died in protests across the Arab world demanding political change and better living standards on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer and a rallying point for the wave of unrest in the region this year. Syrian security forces killed at least three protesters in a...
  • Thousands call for freedom in Syria, 3 killed 02-04-2011 09:15 AM

    Damascus: Syrian security forces killed at least three protesters in a Damascus suburb on Friday, witnesses said, as thousands turned out in pro-democracy marches despite a reform gesture by President Bashar al-Assad. Activists said Syrians took to the streets after Friday prayers in the capital Damascus, Homs to the north...
  • Syria: Assad deploys army in Latakia 28-03-2011 03:43 PM

    Damascus: President Bashar al-Assad, facing the gravest crisis in his 11-year rule, deployed the army in Syria's main port of Latakia for the first time after nearly two weeks of protests spread across the country. State television showed deserted streets in Latakia littered with rubble and broken glass and burned-out...
  • Libyan rebels seize control of Ajdabiya 26-03-2011 06:47 PM

    Tripoli/Washington: Libyan rebels on Saturday seized control of the eastern oil town of Ajdabiya from Muammar Gaddafi's forces which has been pounded by the US-led western coalition for the last one week in a bid to force him to quit. The coalition has stepped up air raids on Gaddafis tanks...
  • Troops open fire as protests explode across Syria 26-03-2011 07:00 AM

    Damascus: Troops opened fire on protesters in cities across Syria and pro and anti-government crowds clashed in the capital's historic old city as one of the Mideast's most repressive regimes sought to put down demonstrations that exploded nationwide on Friday demanding reform. The upheaval sweeping the region definitively took root...
  • War of propaganda on in Libya 25-03-2011 07:48 PM

    Not just airstrikes - a war of propaganda on in Libya as well. Nic Robertson, who is in Tripoli, tells us more. ...
  • Syria: 34 dead in 2 days according to witnesses 25-03-2011 07:59 AM

    Deraa: At least 37 people were killed in the Syrian city of Deraa, a hospital official said on Thursday, in an escalation in protests which have prompted the government to promise to listen to protesters' demands. Buthaina Shaaban, an adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, told reporters the demands of the...
  • Allied strikes continue to rock Libya 22-03-2011 07:17 AM

    Tripoli: Anti-aircraft fire and explosions reverberated across Tripoli for a third night on Monday and state television said several sites had come under attack in the capital. Western powers had no immediate confirmation they had launched fresh strikes on Tripoli in a campaign to target Libyan air defences and enforce...
  • Syria: protesters torch party headquarters 21-03-2011 12:17 PM

    Damascus: Crowds set fire to a headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in the Syrian city of Deraa on Sunday, residents said, as the wave of unrest in the Arab world shook even one of its most authoritarian states. The demonstrators also set ablaze the main courts complex and two...