March 28, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels claimed Thursday they downed an Iranian plane that was landing at Damascus Airport and suspected of carrying weapons and ammunition for the Syrian government. The statement came as about a dozen students at Damascus University's architecture college were killed in separate mortar attacks. The Iranian plane was hit Wednesday by the rebels' anti-aircraft weaponry, crashed at the airport and exploded, causing a fire at the main terminal, opposition activists said.
March 15, 2013 |
ANTAKYA, Turkey -- Large protests marking the two-year anniversary of the Syrian uprising were held across the country Friday as the opposition vowed to continue its fight to topple President Bashar Assad. As the fighting entered a third year, there were scant signs of a political solution that some world leaders have been pushing. More than 70,000 people have been killed, many of them women and children, according to the United Nations. In Damascus, the capital, government security forces spread out across many neighborhoods in an effort to prevent large demonstrations, opposition activists reported.
February 6, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Shelling and explosions were heard in Damascus, the Syrian capital, Wednesday amid some of the fiercest clashes reported in months, and government and opposition forces both said they had made significant advances. Acrid smoke hung over parts of Damascus, opposition activists said. The renewed fighting in the capital appeared to dash the faint hope of peace talks in the almost 2-year-old conflict. Neither side has agreed to dialogue, despite conditional offers in recent weeks from representatives of the opposition and the government of President Bashar Assad.
January 14, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian government forces pressed an ongoing offensive Monday aimed at dislodging rebels from the vicinity of the capital, Damascus, amid reports of large numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children. Meantime, a new study by an international aid group labeled the almost 2-year-old Syrian conflict "a regional humanitarian disaster" that is worsening, with more than 2.5 million people forced from their homes in the face of bombings, targeted attacks, sexual violence, food shortages and a general collapse in services.
December 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Twenty people were killed Wednesday in fighting in a small Syrian village, according to opposition activists, as the commander of Syria's military police announced he was joining the rebellion in one of the army's highest-level defections. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-rebel nongovernmental organization, reported that Syrian security forces shelled Qahtaniya village in Raqqah province. It said at least 20 people were killed, including eight children and three women.
December 11, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egypt's volatile political fault lines were shaken Tuesday as rival protests echoed across the capital over the fate of a proposed constitution drafted by Islamists nearly two years after the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Tens of thousands of Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi rallied at a mosque in Cairo to back a constitutional referendum set for Saturday. Two miles away, mainly secular opposition groups marched to the barricaded presidential palace in what increasingly appears to be an improbable task of blocking the vote and forcing Morsi to order the writing of a new charter.