Syrian Protests

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

    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 in...
  • Syrian rebels issue ultimatum over 48 Iranian hostages October 6, 2012

    Syrian rebels on Friday issued a 48 hour deadline for Iran and Syria to give in to their demands to secure the release of 48 Iranians taken hostage earlier this year. They threatened to execute the Shiite pilgrims if Tehran and Damascus did not release captured Syrian rebels within 48 hours...
  • Inside Syria: Refugees live on fragile hopes as war goes on September 28, 2012

    There is a crisis brewing for those who have survived the fighting in Syria. The United Nations' refugee agency says up to 7,00,000 Syrian refugees could leave the country by the end of this year, nearly 4 times its original estimate. However, as CNN's Ivan Watson found out, it's recently become...
  • Syria's bloodiest week: 1600 dead in 7 days September 3, 2012

    The crisis in Syria is getting bloodier by the day. According to the UNICEF, 1,600 people were killed in the country last week. ...
  • Undercover in Damascus: It's a no man's land August 29, 2012

    August has been termed as the bloodiest month of the uprising in Syria, with almost 440 people killed over the last weekend alone. ...
  • Syria's tale of destruction: Busy market turns ghost town July 24, 2012

    A town that was once a busy market is now left with nothing but skeletons of buildings, and relates stories of brutality. ...
  • 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 17-month civil war...
  • 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...
  • As Syrian conflict spreads, Red Cross declares it a civil war July 16, 2012

    The Syrian conflict is now a civil war, says the International Red Cross. Humanitarian laws will now apply across the country as battle spreads. ...
  • Syrian opposition group: Death toll tops 17,000 July 9, 2012

    Beirut: An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011. The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the...
  • Civil war imminent in Syria: UN June 8, 2012

    New York: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned the Security Council on Thursday that a full-blown civil war in Syria was "imminent," while international mediator Kofi Annan said it was time to step up the pressure on Damascus to halt the violence. The Syrian opposition and Western and Gulf nations seeking President...
  • Syrian troops on offensive on deadline day April 10, 2012

    Beirut: Syrian troops shelled villages, fired across frontiers and were accused of massacres in the hours before a deadline on Tuesday that many doubt can usher in a UN-brokered ceasefire and halt a 13-month slide into all-out civil war. Diplomats trying to contain a crisis that has inflamed the Middle East...
  • Syria plants landmines along border as thousands flee March 30, 2012

    Damascus is reportedly trying to stop its nationals from fleeing to southern Turkey by planting landmines along its border. ...
  • Iran increasing 'lethal' aid to Syrian regime: Report March 4, 2012

    Washington: Iran is increasing its "lethal" military and intelligence assistance to the embattled Syrian regime in its crackdown on opposition strongholds like Homs, according to a media report in Washington on Sunday. Iran has increased supply of arms and other aid for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a time when...
  • Syrian rebels flee shattered stronghold March 2, 2012

    Beirut: Defeated Syrian rebels abandoned their shattered stronghold in Homs, giving way to a 26-day army assault on a city that had become a symbol of the year-long revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Activists said Syria's army had begun hunting down and killing insurgents who stayed to cover their comrades' "tactical...
  • West, leave us alone, we can change ourselves: Syrian girl February 26, 2012

    A local Syrian girl has asked the West to leave her country alone. She says while Syria indeed needs some changes, it is Syria's own business to do so, not the West's. ...
  • 2 days of Syria violence leave 150 dead December 21, 2011

    Beirut: Security forces pursuing anti-government activists and army defectors shot dead at least 47 people in Syria on Tuesday, pushing the toll for two days of violence to nearly 150 even as the regime prepared to allow in foreign monitors under an Arab League plan aimed at stopping the bloodshed. Syrian...
  • Syria buries security forces as sanctions loom November 27, 2011

    Beirut: Syria buried 22 members of the armed forces on Saturday, including six elite pilots, as the government reinforced its message that the 8-month-old revolt against President Bashar Assad is the work of terrorists and foreign agents, not patriotic Syrians seeking reform. But with no sign of violence abating, an Arab...
  • Syria faces growing pressure to halt bloodshed November 15, 2011

    Beirut: Jordan's King Abdullah told Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on Monday he should step down and the European Union added pressure with more sanctions after the Arab League's surprise decision to suspend Damascus for its violent crackdown on protests. Syria looks ever more isolated, but still has the support of Russia,...
  • Syrians call for Assad's death; 14 killed August 13, 2011

    Beirut: Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters shouted for President Bashar Assad's death on Friday in a dramatic escalation of their rage and frustration, defying bullets and rooftop snipers after more than a week of intensified military assaults on rebellious cities, activists and witnesses said. Security forces killed at least 14...
  • Sectarian killing spree kills 30 in Syria July 19, 2011

    Beirut: The discovery of three corpses with their eyes gouged out set off a sectarian killing spree that left 30 people dead in a chilling sign that the Syrian revolt against President Bashar Assad is enflaming long-simmering religious tensions. The opposition accused the president's minority Alawite regime of trying to stir...
  • Chaos feared as Syria crisis nears bloody impasse June 26, 2011

    Lebanon: When the Arab Spring came to Talkalakh, the little Syrian hill town a few minutes walk from this border village, it seemed to last barely a moment. Squads of secret police descended on the town within hours of the first protests. Then the army came with its tanks, and...
  • Syria: ex-minister appointed to form government April 3, 2011

    Beirut: Syrian President Bashar Assad appointed a former agriculture minister on Sunday to form a new government, part of a series of overtures towards reform as the country faces a wave of anti-government protests. Adel Safar, the former agriculture minister, will form the new Cabinet, according to Syria's state-run television. He...