Syrian Arab Republic News

16 die in Damascus suicide car bombing

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 208 wounded Thursday when a suicide bomber blew up a car packed with explosives at a busy intersection close to the ruling al-Baath Party headquarters in capital Damascus, the state media reported.

CProlonged crisis drives up divorce rate in Syria

Damascus, Feb 21 (IANS) Divorce rate has gone up by 45 percent and marriage rate has dropped over 40 percent in Syria since the outbreak of protests against the government, show a media survey.

Iran's security chief stresses support for Syria

Damascus, Feb 2 (IANS) Iran's supreme national security council chief Saed Jalili stressed Saturday that his country will keep supporting Syria in the face of foreign aggression, reported Xinhua citing the state TV.

Syria files official complaint about Israeli air strike

Damascus, Jan 31 (IANS) The Syrian foreign ministry Thursday summoned the chief of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) and filed an official complaint about an Israeli air strike that targeted a military research centre in the capital, Xinhua reported.

Russia closes Aleppo consulate after twin blasts

Damascus, Jan 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian consulate in Syria's Aleppo city has suspended operations, said the Russian foreign ministry. This follows the twin blasts that killed 80 people in the city Tuesday.

UN inquiry report 'not neutral', says Syria

Damascus, Jan 4 (IANS) The Syrian government Friday slammed as "unprofessional and not neutral" a recent report by the UN Commission of Inquiry which accused the Syrian administration of huge human rights violations.

Triple blasts at Syrian ministry kill five

Damascus, Dec 13 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 23 others injured after triple blasts targeted the main gate of Syria's interior ministry in Damascus Wednesday evening, Xinhua reported.

Rebels may get chemical weapons: Syrian government

Damascus, Dec 9 (IANS) The Syrian government has expressed concerns over the possibility of foreign countries providing the rebels chemical weapons and later frame the ruling-government.

Teacher, 29 students massacred in Syria

Damascus, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 29 students were killed along with their teacher Tuesday after their school building was hit by a mortar shell on the outskirts of Syria's capital city of Damascus, Xinhua reported.

Syrian government not to use chemical weapons

Damascus, Dec 3 (IANS) The Syrian government Monday said it would never use chemical weapons "even if they existed" against its people under any circumstance, Xinhua reported.

Syria releases names of killed foreign fighters

Damascus, Nov 27 (IANS) A pro−government Syrian daily Tuesday published the names of 142 fighters from foreign countries killed in Syria over the past month, Xinhua reported.

Syrian army kills 111 rebels

Damascus, Oct 14 (IANS) At least 111 armed men were killed Saturday during clashes with the Syrian troops in Aleppo and the coastal Latakia cities, Xinhua reported.

31 killed in Syrian bombings

Damascus, Sep 10 (IANS) At least 31 people were killed Sunday in two separate bombings that marked an intensification of violence in the unrest-torn Syria, Xinhua reported.

Syrian official denies sabotage of drinking water

Damascus, Sep 9 (IANS) The governor of Syria's Aleppo province has denied media reports that said drinking water has been cut off in the region nor has it been poisoned, state-run SANA news agency reported.

23 bodies found near Damascus

Damascus, Sep 7 (IANS/AKI) At least 23 bodies of victims of a suspected mass execution have been found near the Syrian capital, Al Jazeera reported.

August deadliest month in Syria; 5,000 killed

Damascus, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Around 5,000 people died in Syria's civil war in August, making it the deadliest month since violence started 18 months ago, according to opposition activist groups.

Police guarding Lebanese envoy's house in Syria killed

Damascus, Sep 5 (IANS/AKI) Armed men abducted and "brutally killed" two Syrian policemen guarding the residence of the Lebanese ambassador to Damascus, according to Lebanese newspaper As Safir.

Iran stresses support to Syria

Damascus, Aug 27 (IANS) Iran's national security chief has said his country stands against any foreign intervention in Syria, and that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran will aim at resolving the 18-month-old crisis in Syria.

Iranian parliamentary delegation in Syria for talks

Damascus, Aug 25 (IANS) A delegation from Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission arrived in the Syrian capital on a two-day visit Saturday for talks with top Syrian officials including President Bashar Al Assad.

Syria awaits next step's details from UN: deputy FM

Damascus, Aug 23 (IANS) Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said Thursday that his country is expecting news from the UN secretariat about the next step's details after the expiry of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria.

Assad offers Eid prayers

Damascus, Aug 19 (IANS) Syrian state TV Sunday aired live footage of embattled President Bashar al-Assad performing special prayers on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, in a rare public appearance in over a month, Xinhua reported.

Iran rejects foreign intervention in Syria

Damascus, Aug 8 (IANS) Iran has dismissed the idea of foreign intervention in violence-ridden Syria, Xinhua reported.

UN observer mission pulls out of Syria's Aleppo

Damascus, Aug 7 (IANS) The UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) has temporarily relocated its teams from the restive northern province of Aleppo due to the deteriorating security situation, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

Clashes between Syrian army, opposition continue in Aleppo

Damascus, July 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian army continued its crackdown on opposition forces in the country's industrial and financial centre Aleppo, reported Syria's state TV Tuesday.

Syrian envoy to Iraq defects

Damascus, July 13 (IANS/AKI) Syria's ambassador to Iraq has defected to the opposition and called on politicians and the military to do the same.

Syrian journalists killed in TV station attack

Damascus, June 28 (IANS/AKI) At least four journalists were killed when armed gunmen blew up the newsroom of a pro-government television station near the Syrian capital.

No hostility for Turkey: Syria

Damascus, June 24 (IANS) A day after shooting down a Turkish military plane which penetrated Syrian territorial waters, Syrian government has said it holds no hostility towards Turkey despite its tough rhetoric, Xinhua reported.

Syria admits shooting down Turkish warplane

Damascus, June 23 (IANS) Syria Saturday confirmed having shot down a Turkish fighter jet which had entered the Syrian airspace earlier Friday.

Syria's Assad unveils new government

Damascus, June 23 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Saturday unveiled his new government, less than two months after a disputed parliamentary election was boycotted by the opposition, RIA Novosti reported.

25 killed in fresh Syria massacre

Damascus, June 22 (IANS) At least 25 people were massacred Friday by "terrorists" in Syria's northern province of Aleppo, state-run SANA news agency reported.

Around 90 killed in fresh massacre in Syria: Report

Damascus, June 7 (IANS) Opposition activists and Syrian government forces clashed in al-Qubayr village in the country's northern Hama province, in which at least 86 people were killed. The government, however, said only nine people were killed by a "terrorist group".

Nearly 90 killed in new massacre in Syria: Report

Damascus, June 7 (IANS) Opposition activists and Syrian government forces clashed with each other in al-Qubayr village in the country's northern Hama province, leading to the death of at least 86 people, a media report said Thursday.

Assad orders formation of new government

Damascus, June 6 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered former agriculture minister Riyad Farid Hijab to form a new government for the conflict-stricken country, state-run SANA news agency reported Wednesday.

Anti-government gangs blamed for Syria massacre

Damascus, June 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A preliminary investigation has showed that anti-government armed groups had carried out last week's massacre in Syria's Houla town, Syrian authorities said.

Uzbek gang held for rape, murder of 14 women

Tashkent, May 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Members of a criminal gang in Uzbekistan have been arrested on suspicion of raping and murdering 14 women in the capital Tashkent, an interior ministry official said.

800 men carried out Syria's Houla massacre

Damascus, May 31 (IANS) The head of an inquiry committee into a massacre in Syria's Houla village has said preliminary investigations indicate that about 800 heavily armed men carried out the attacks on government forces and slaughtered families in Houla.

29 die in Damascus blasts

Damascus, May 10 (IANS) At least 29 people were killed and 103 wounded Thursday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up here, a minister said.

Damascus bombings toll rises to 55

Damascus, May 10 (IANS) At least 55 people were killed and more than 370 people, including military personnel, were wounded Thursday when two suicide bombers triggered massive blasts in the Syrian capital, the interior ministry said.

40 die in Damascus suicide bombings

Damascus, May 10 (IANS) At least 40 people were killed and 170 wounded Thursday when two suicide bombers triggered massive blasts in the Syrian capital city.

UN observers pelted with stones in Syria

Damascus, May 12 (IANS) Unidentified people pelted a UN observers' convoy with stones Friday near a suburban area of Syrian capital city of Damascus, Xinhua reported.

Syrian Christians fear Islamist rule if Assad goes

Damascus, May 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Christians living in conflict-torn Syria are afraid their community would fall victim of religious extremism if President Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses and Islamists come to power.

UN convoy comes under fire in Syria

Damascus, May 13 (IANS) A convoy of UN observes in Syria came under fire while touring al-Qusair area near central Homs province Sunday, local media reported.

Remarkable turnout in parliamentary elections: Syrian minister

Damascus, May 7 (IANS) Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim Al Sha'ar said Monday that the parliamentary elections are moving smoothly with a "remarkable" turnout.

Syria: Crashing tourism amid conflict and sanctions

Damascus/Aleppo, May 6 (IANS) Yaseer, the owner of an antique and souvenir shop in Old Damascus, is a proud man and hates selling on discounts. But since public protests erupted 13 months ago in Syria and sanctions by Western powers, he is now all too willing to slash prices by more than half.

Hard times don't dim Syrians' love for Indian films

Sweida City (Syria), April 30 (IANS) Standing amidst elegant Corinthian columns dating back to the Roman times against the backdrop of pristine blue skies, Amwaj's mind travels back to 'Veer-Zaara', a Bollywood film she saw sometime back that left her deeply moved.

Amid shaky truce, 2 more UN monitors expected in Syria

Damascus, April 25 (IANS) As the UN-Arab League envoy voiced concern at the "bleak" situation in Syria, Neeraj Singh, spokesman of the first UN monitoring team in the country, said two more observers are expected to arrive here to lay the groundwork for the deployment of up to 300 monitors sanctioned by the Security Council.

Car bomb rocks Damascus suburb, hits peace deal

Damascus, April 24 (IANS) As the UN prepares to deploy 300 monitors and the US unveiled new sanctions, a car bomb Tuesday hit a suburb of Damascus, dealing a blow to the 12-day old UN-mandated ceasefire in the Middle East country.

Terror-struck Syrian soldiers recall Sunday horror

Aleppo (Syria), April 24 (IANS) Yasir, a 22-year-old young handsome Syrian soldier, looked shaken at the Military Hospital in Syria's second largest city. He is among over 40 soldiers, mostly young, who are recovering from wounds inflicted by an explosion that rocked the bus in which they were travelling Sunday morning.

From bullets to ballot, Syria prepares for polls

Damascus, April 23 (IANS) Amid a shaky truce and presence of UN monitors, Syria is bracing to hold its first multi-party parliamentary elections in five years next month that hopes to provide space for a nascent political opposition in the restive Middle East country where thousands have died from a civil conflict in the last months.

Syria says it won't go the Libya way

Damascus, April 22 (IANS) Amid mounting international pressure, Syria Sunday asserted that it will not allow itself to be invaded like Libya and rubbished the opposition as a rag-tag collection of Al Qeada elements and rank criminals who are supported by the West in league with some powerful Arab nations.


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