Syrian army firing mortar bombs into residential areas, report

Syrian opposition activists reported a return to heavy government bombardment in major cities on Saturday, further undermining a truce intended to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha religious holiday. Activists in the eastern city of Deir al-Zor, the suburbs of Damascus and in Aleppo, where rebels hold roughly half of Syria’s most populous city, said that […]

146 killed on first day of Syria truce: Human Rights

Dozens of people died on the first day of a barely-observed truce between the warring parties in Syria, a watchdog said, adding that a fresh clashes on Saturday claimed more lives. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOFHR) said of the 146 people killed in bombings, artillery fire and fighting on Friday, 53 were civilians

Clinton backs idea of temporary cease-fire in Syria

The Obama administration is cautiously welcoming the possibility of a temporary cease-fire in Syria, saying it hopes calm might lead to political transition. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s initiative and wants a transition process ending the Assad family’s four-decade dictatorship.

Syrian regime, opposition agreed to a Eid ceasefire, Brahimi

Syria has agreed to a ceasefire during the short Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Friday, international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi told a Cairo news conference Wednesday. Brahimi, appointed by the United Nations and Arab League, said some Syrian opposition groups he had been in contact with had also agreed to a truce in principle.

Lebanon Mufti calls for coexistence during Eid al-Adha sermon

During his Eid al-Adha sermon , Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani said Sunday that “Lebanon does not belong to anyone,” stressing it neither belongs “to any particular sect nor to any party or movement or politician, ” a possible reference to Hezbollah which dominates the current government.