BEIRUT, Lebanon- Syrian rebels clashed with forces loyal toPresident Bashar al-Assad in southwest Damascus on Sunday, forcing the closure of the main highway to the southern town of Deraa, activists said. The fighting came as United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos visited Syria ahead of a U.N. aid conference which aims to raise $1.5 billion […]
Syria’s civil war has ravaged vital infrastructure and halved output of staple crops, the United Nations said on Wednesday, as a 22-month conflict hardened by sectarian rivalry showed no sign of abating.
Syria’s foreign minister said on Saturday any discussion of President Bashar al-Assad’s future was “unacceptable”, a week after an international envoy said the president should not be part of a transitional government. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem’s comments showed the government has dug in
Syria accused the diplomat working to forge peace of an unfair tilt toward the enemies of Damascus, according to a state news report on Thursday. Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League special envoy to Syria, has “deviated
The international peace envoy for Syriasaid on Wednesday he did not see President Bashar al-Assad being part of a transitional government envisaged by a peace plan agreed by major powers last year. “Surely he would not be a member of that government,” Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy, told Reuters in an interview in Cairo, in some […]
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s rejection of the most important elements in an international roadmap to end the country’s civil war means Assad has no real plan to end Syrians’ “terrible suffering.”
Syrian President Bashar Assad will deliver a speech on Sunday in a rare address to the nation, state media said, as rebels fighting to topple his embattled regime pressed ahead with an offensive on the capital.
New United Nations figures suggest at least 60,000 people have died in Syria’s 22-month conflict. The toll is far higher than the figure of 45,000 given by activists opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad.
The United Nations envoy for Syria has warned that further violence could create waves of refugees which may destabilise neighbouring countries. Lakhdar Brahimi said: “If you have a panic in Damascus and if you have 1 million people leaving Damascus in a panic, they can go to only two places, Lebanon and Jordan.”
His official portrait still refers to Bashar al-Assad as “The Hope” of the Syrian nation, but signs are increasing that the man who presides over Syria’s embattled government has little of it left for himself. Accounts of conditions inside the Syrian regime in recent days have shed new light on the psychological toll of the […]