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.
A Syrian warplane has attacked a petrol station in the north-east of the country, killing at least 30 people, opposition activists say. A rebel group said people had been queuing for petrol and diesel near Ain Issa at the time. The village is
The Syrian army launched a blistering assault Thursday on the outskirts of the capital, shelling residential areas and deploying snipers on rooftops as international envoy Kofi Annan demanded every fighter lay down arms in time for a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.
UNITED NATIONS : International envoy Kofi Annan said that he is concerned that violence is clearly continuing in Syria, with “alarming levels” of casualties being reported daily. Annan told the U.N. General Assembly in a videoconference briefing
Syrian security forces swept into the coastal city of Banias on Tuesday, a protest leader said, taking control of another urban centre from demonstrators challenging the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al-Assad.
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday that France wants the European Union to impose sanctions on Syrian leaders including President Bashar al-Assad in response to the violent suppression of pro-democracy protests.