UNSC split over Syria war crimes

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.

Gaza rocket strikes a city near Tel Aviv

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: Heaviest fighting between Israel, Hamas in 4 years

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 […]

Russia Blocks UN Draft Condemning Syrian Turkey Strike

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

Arabs to push UN General Assembly for resolution on Syria

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 blasts China, Russia for Syria veto in U.N.

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.

Syria defies UN ceasefire, as Assad regime continues mass murder

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.