ARAB UNREST

  • Syrian Prime Minister survives Damascus bombing, 6 die April 29, 2013

    Beirut: Syrian Prime Minister Wael alHalki 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 alAssad's capital. Six people were killed in the blast, the Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, the latest in...
  • Syrian air strike kills at least 54: Activists September 21, 2012

    Beirut: At least 54 people were killed when a Syrian air strike hit a fuel station in the northern province of alRaqqa on Thursday, an area of heavy fighting between government and rebel forces, a Britishbased monitoring group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a network of activists...
  • Syria: 5,000 killed in August, say activists September 2, 2012

    Beirut: Two Syrian activist groups say about 5,000 people were killed in Syria in August, making it the deadliest month since the uprising began more than 17 months ago. Britainbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that 5,440 people, including 4,114 civilians were killed. The Local Coordination Committees, another activist...
  • Upto 600 may have been killed in Syria massacre August 27, 2012

    Beirut: Row upon row of bloodied bodies wrapped in colorful blankets laid out on a mosque floor in a Damascus suburb. Long narrow graves tightly packed with dozens of victims. Nestled among them, two babies were wrapped in a single bloodsoaked blanket, a yellow pacifier dangling beside them from a...
  • Syria: Assad appoints health minister alHalqi as PM August 9, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian staterun news agency SANA says President Bashar Assad has appointed a new prime minister to replace one who defected this week to neighboring Jordan. Assad appointed Wael Nader alHalqi, elevating him from the post of health minister. Halqi is a member of Assad's ruling Baath party and hails from the...
  • Syria: Bomb blast in state TV building in Damascus August 6, 2012

    Beirut: A bomb ripped through the third floor of the state TV building in Damascus on Monday, shattering several offices and wounding at least three employees, Syrian TV said. The explosion was the latest in the Syrian capital, which has seen a string of suicide attacks and other bombings in the...
  • UN schedules vote on new Syria resolution July 18, 2012

    United Nations: Russia remained at loggerheads with the US and its European allies ahead of a scheduled vote on Wednesday afternoon on a new Syria resolution and there appeared to be little hope that the UN's most powerful body would unite behind a plan to end the 17month civil war...
  • Syrian battles rage, rebels destroy Army chopper July 18, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian rebels said they shot down an Army helicopter on Tuesday as they battled government forces backed by air power and artillery in the fiercest fighting to hit Damascus since the revolt against President Bashar alAssad erupted last year. Rebel officers said thousands of fighters had converged on the capital,...
  • Syrian rebels push war into capital Damascus July 17, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian rebels fired grenades at tanks and troops while regime armor shelled Damascus neighbourhoods on Monday, sending terrified families fleeing the most sustained and widespread fighting in the capital since the start of the uprising 16 months ago. A ring of fierce clashes nearly encircled the heavily guarded capital as...
  • UN chief threatens 'consequences' in Syria deaths July 14, 2012

    United Nations: SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon and international envoy Kofi Annan increased pressure on the divided UN Security Council on Friday, urging that it demand a halt to the escalating violence in Syria and promising "consequences" if the conflict doesn't end. The UN chief and the joint UNArab League envoy to Syria...
  • World outrage at Syria 'massacre', but no action July 14, 2012

    Amman/Beirut: The United States has branded Syria's leaders murderers after an attack on a village by President Bashar alAssad's troops left dozens dead, but there was no break in the deadlock among world powers over how to bring about an end to the bloodshed. United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon also condemned...
  • EU imposes new sanctions on Syrian regime February 27, 2012

    Brussels: European foreign ministers on Monday increased pressure on Syria's regime to stop its crackdown on opponents, freezing the assets of several Syrian government officials and imposing sanctions on the country's central bank. They also banned the purchase of gold, precious metals and diamonds from the country, and banned Syrian cargo...
  • Syria: Red Cross begins evacuation in Homs February 25, 2012

    Over 90 people were killed in Homs on Friday as President Bashar al Assad's forces shelled the city for the 21st day. ...
  • US journalist died doing what was important to her: Mother February 24, 2012

    Veteran journalist Marie Colvin from US was killed in Syria last week as the violence continues in Homs. ...
  • Syria ground report: 2 journalists killed February 23, 2012

    Marie Colvin of Britain's Sunday Times and French photographer Remi Ochlik, both veteran war correspondents, were killed in Syria. ...
  • UNSC: India opposes use of force against Syria February 1, 2012

    United Nations: Voicing its opposition to the use of force to resolve the crisis in Syria, India on Wednesday asked all sides to cooperate with the Arab League and start a political process that should respect Damascus' sovereignty. "We are firmly of the view that all sides need to cooperate with...
  • Egypt: 38 dead in clashes between protesters, police November 23, 2011

    Police and army used tear gas and rubber bullets to keep the protesters from storming the Interior Ministry. ...
  • Scared Syrian President Assad promises reforms August 24, 2011

    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 August 24, 2011

    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 August 5, 2011

    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 alAssad and his inner circle. The administration is unhappy with Assad's actions...
  • Syrians flee to Lebanon; death toll rises to 20 June 25, 2011

    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 antigovernment protesters across Syria on...
  • Syrians flee northern town as tanks close in June 16, 2011

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

    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 40year ruling dynasty, Assad...
  • Syrian president avoiding UN's phone calls June 11, 2011

    United Nations: Syrian President Bashar alAssad, facing international pressure over his crackdown on antigovernment protests, has been avoiding calls from UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon. 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 June 10, 2011

    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 begun...
  • Syria: 70 killed in antiAssad protests on Friday June 4, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters on Friday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11week 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 determined...
  • More than thirty kids killed in Syria: UNICEF June 3, 2011

    Anger and protests continue against the torture and murder of 13yearold Hamza, who became the face of the movement in Syria. ...
  • Russia joins Western chorus for Gaddafi to go May 27, 2011

    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 41year rule. It was a striking change in tone from Kremlin criticism of Western air strikes in Libya...
  • Syrian army tightens grip in areas of unrest May 11, 2011

    Beirut: Tanks and troops rolled into southern villages near the heart of Syria's antigovernment 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 sealing...
  • Banias: Syrian forces crack down on protesters May 3, 2011

    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 alAssad. "They moved into the main market area. The army has sealed the northern entrance and security forces (sealed)...