The UN Security Council is split over whether to refer reports of war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court, with some members arguing that such a move would encourage President Bashar Assad’s regime to dig in and resist to the end in a conflict that has claimed at least 60,000 lives.
The Israeli army says a rocket has reached the southern outskirts of Tel Aviv, by far the farthest strike by Gaza militants in two days of fighting. The military said the rocket landed in Rishon Lezion, a city just south of Tel Aviv located in heavily populated central Israel. The rocket landed in an open […]
Gaza City, Gaza Strip: Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire on Thursday, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets. With Israel threatening to invade the Palestinian territory, the heaviest fighting between Israel and Hamas […]
The U.N. Security Council met in a closed emergency meeting on Wednesday night to discuss Israeli strikes against the Gaza Strip as Israel threatened a wider offensive in the Palestinian enclave to stem rocket salvoes by Hamas militants.
United Nations. Russian objections to a draft UN statement condemning Syria’s deadly shelling of Turkey sent the Security Council back into consultations, diplomats said on Thursday. The draft had been expected to be approved by a “silence procedure” — the text is considered adopted if no country objects — but “the Russians broke the silence
Arab nations announced plans Wednesday to go to the U.N. General Assembly and seek approval of a resolution calling for a political transition and establishment of a democratic government in Syria following the Security Council’s failure to address the escalating crisis.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said China and Russia “are on the wrong side of history” after the two countries earlier on Thursday vetoed a U.N. Security Council effort to press for tougher sanctions against the Bashar a-Assad’s regime in Syria.
The wife, mother, sister and sister-in-law of Syrian President Bashar Assad will be added to the European Union’s sanction list, ministers said, aiming to pressure him into ending a crackdown on popular unrest and restrict his family’s luxury lifestyle.
By Khalid Amayreh
The state-controlled media in Syria, along with some Iranian and Lebanese outlets, would have us believe that Syria is facing an international conspiracy, led by the United States and some Gulf Arab states
Syrian government forces Thursday reportedly shelled several dissident provinces across the country despite a renewed call from the United Nations chief to stop the violence. At least 30 people, including a government soldier, were killed in the central, northern and southern provinces, reported opposition activists.