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 […]
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
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.
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.
At least 13 pilgrims suffered minor burns while 179 others, from India and Bangladesh, were rescued after a fire occurred in a nine-storey building in Saudi Arabia’s Mecca city Sunday evening, Xinhua reported. Five firefighting teams and three rescue teams joined in the fight against the blaze
What is usually a time of celebration was marked by gunfire and protests in Syria Sunday as residents ushered in the first day of the Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha. Twelve people were killed in the violence, activists said.
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.