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Syria minister sees 'prosperous tourist season' in Homs

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 13:41
Syria's tourism minister has forecast a "prosperous tourist season" for the central province of Homs, despite three years of raging conflict that has flattened much of the provincial capital. In remarks carried by the state news agency SANA, Bisher Yazigi pledged help for the area, predicting a prosperous tourism season because "various activities are planned... during the summer". The upbeat ...

Syria clashes kill 21 rebels in Aleppo province; rockets in government-held district kill 9

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:28
BEIRUT - Fierce fighting in Syria's contested northern province of Aleppo killed at least 21 rebels on Monday as rockets slammed into a government-held district in the provincial capital, killing nine people. The clashes, which erupted after midnight Sunday and continued through the day Monday, also left at least 30 soldiers dead or wounded, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Syria clashes kill 21 rebels in Aleppo province

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:28
BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting in Syria's contested northern province of Aleppo killed at least 21 rebels on Monday as rockets slammed into a government-held district in the provincial capital, killing nine people.

Syria's historic Crusader castle damaged by war

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 12:05
HOSN, Syria (AP) — The Crac des Chevaliers once held off a siege by the Muslim warrior Saladin some 900 years ago, but today bears the wounds of modern warfare: heavy artillery damaged its walls, an airstrike punctured its roof and shrapnel tore through its religious artifacts.

Syria: Rockets slam into Aleppo district, kill 9

Mon, 05/05/2014 - 03:37
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media say rockets have slammed into a government-held district in the northern city of Aleppo, killing 9 people.

Syria neighbours alarmed by refugee flow, want more aid access

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 14:24
* U.N. urges more aid access inside Syria to slow refugee waves * Turkey urges setting up camps inside Syria under U.N. protection * But other host countries reluctant, unwilling to antagonise Assad By Suleiman Al-Khalidi ZAATARI, Jordan, May 4 (Reuters) - The four main host countries for Syrian refugees said at a meeting on Sunday that only the wider distribution of aid inside Syria could curb ...

Syria army advances on key town near Damascus: Security

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 07:29
DAMASCUS - Syria's army made major advances Sunday on Mleiha, a town strategically located southeast of Damascus near the airport road, a security official said. "More than half of the town is under army control," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The army has reached the town hall building. All the orchards and roads leading to the town are now in the army's hands, as ...

Syria's Nusra sets conditions to stop fighting ISIL

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 07:28
Beirut (AFP) - Syria's Al-Qaeda affiliate on Sunday set its conditions to stop battling the rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, despite an order by the Al-Qaeda chief to quit fighting.

Syria rebel infighting forces over 60,000 to flee homes - monitoring group

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 06:28
Fighting between al Qaeda's Syria branch and a splinter group in eastern Syria has forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes, emptied villages and killed scores of fighters, a monitoring group said. Infighting among rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad has undermined the three-year-old uprising against his rule and killed thousands of people since the start of the year. The ...

Syria's Assad calls for aid cooperation without hurting "sovereignty"

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 06:27
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has said government agencies should increase cooperation on aid work but it must be done without "compromising national sovereignty", state media reported. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last month none of the warring parties in Syria was meeting U.N. demands for aid access and demanded the Security Council take action on violations of international law ...

Syria army advances on key town near Damascus: Security

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 06:22
DAMASCUS - Syria's army made major advances Sunday on Mleiha, a town strategically located southeast of Damascus near the airport road, a security official said. "More than half of the town is under army control," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The army has reached the town hall building. All the orchards and roads leading to the town are now in the army's hands, as ...

Syria's Assad calls for aid cooperation without hurting "sovereignty"

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 06:13
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has said government agencies should increase cooperation on aid work but it must be done without "compromising national sovereignty", state media reported. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last month none of the warring parties in Syria was meeting U.N. demands for aid access and demanded the Security Council take action on violations of international law ...

Syria army advances on key town near Damascus: security

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 05:31
Syria's army made major advances Sunday on Mleiha, a town strategically located southeast of Damascus near the airport road, a security official said. "More than half of the town is under army control," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The army has reached the town hall building. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the advance, but the head of the ...

Syria rebel infighting forces over 60,000 to flee homes: monitoring group

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 05:18
Fighting between al Qaeda's Syria branch and a splinter group in eastern Syria has forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes, emptied villages and killed scores of fighters, a monitoring group said. Infighting among rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad has undermined the three-year-old uprising against his rule and killed thousands of people since the start of the year. The ...

Syria rebel infighting forces over 60,000 to flee homes - monitoring group

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 05:05
Fighting between al Qaeda's Syria branch and a splinter group in eastern Syria has forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes, emptied villages and killed scores of fighters, a monitoring group said. Infighting among rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad has undermined the three-year-old uprising against his rule and killed thousands of people since the start of the year. The ...

Syria jihadists seize Daraa rebel leader: monitor

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 04:56
Al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, has seized a moderate rebel commander in the southern province of Daraa, a monitoring group said on Sunday. "Al-Nusra Front last night arrested the head of the Military Council of Daraa, Captain Ahmad Naameh, along with five other commanders of opposition factions," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Activists also reported his capture ...

Syria rebel infighting forces over 60,000 to flee homes - monitoring group

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 04:54
Fighting between al Qaeda's Syria branch and a splinter group in eastern Syria has forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes, emptied villages and killed scores of fighters, a monitoring group said. Infighting among rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad has undermined the three-year-old uprising against his rule and killed thousands of people since the start of the year. The ...

Syria press launches fierce attack on UN aid chief

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 22:23
SYRIA: An official Syrian newspaper on Saturday launched a stinging attack on UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, and […]

Syria deal on rebel pull-out from Homs 'nearly there'

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 13:28
Damascus (AFP) - Talks on a rebel withdrawal from a handful of besieged neighbourhoods in Syria's Homs have entered their final phase, officials said Saturday, as the army advanced around Damascus and Aleppo.

Syria Activists Say Evacuations From Homs Delayed

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 06:53
Syria activists say evacuations from Homs delayed