Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on two fronts
Thousands of terrified Syrian civilians fled for their lives on Saturday, as they sought to escape two raging offensives in a rebel bastion outside Damascus and a northwestern Kurdish enclave. Syria's civil war this week entered its eighth year with world powers unable to stem a complex conflict that has killed more than 350,000 people…
Thousands flee Ghouta rebel enclave as Syria army advances
Thousands of civilians poured out of Eastern Ghouta on Thursday as the capture of a key town brought Syria's government even closer to retaking the devastated rebel enclave outside Damascus.
Iran says only way to end Syria war is to support government
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that the only way to end the conflict in Syria was to support its government. "There is no other way to resolve the Syrian crisis other than reinforcing the central government in Damascus," said Rouhani following a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, according to the presidency's…
Lavrov says Syria rebels must 'act' to make truce work
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that rebels in Syria's Eastern Ghouta were responsible for ensuring that a "humanitarian pause" in the area delivers relief for devastated civilians.
UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500
The UN Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500.
Russia joins UN security council to demand Syria ceasefire
With Russia's backing, the UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow for humanitarian aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The resolution demanding the ceasefire "without delay" was adopted as Syrian government forces pounded the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where hundreds have died during a week-long assault. "We are…
Blast in Syria's Qamishli kills four
At least four people were killed on Sunday in a car bomb blast in Syria's northeastern Qamishli, a war monitor said, after months of calm in the Kurdish-majority city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said another three people were also wounded when "an explosion went off inside a car in the city's Al-Gharbi neighbourhood."…
New UN draft on Syria ceasefire seeks to win Russian backing
Sweden and Kuwait on Thursday presented a revised draft UN Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria that diplomats said could win backing from Russia.
Iran denies Israeli 'lies', says Syria acting in 'self-defence'
Iran denounced Israeli "lies" on Saturday and said Syria had the right to "legitimate self-defence" in response to Israeli air strikes launched after an alleged drone incursion into its territory.
Turkey to stop accepting Syrian refugees
Turkish Interior Ministry on Friday said it has stopped issuing new permits to Syrian refugees who apply for residing in Istanbul, the most populous city in Turkey.