Egypt declares ceasefire agreed in Gaza conflict

Egypt announced on Wednesday that a ceasefire had been reached to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, starting later in the day. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr made the announcement in a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The ceasefire would come into effect at 1900 GMT, Amr […]

Death toll of failed Syrian cease-fire tops 500

Beirut, Lebanon – Syrian fighter jets pounded rebel areas across the country on Monday with scores of airstrikes that anti-­regime activists called the most widespread bombing in a single day since the Syrian uprising started 19 months ago. The death toll for what was supposed to be a four-day cease-fire between the regime of President […]

Syrian army firing mortar bombs into residential areas, report

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 […]

146 killed on first day of Syria truce: Human Rights

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

Syria cease-fire ends within hours, dozens killed

Beirut, Lebanon – The first day of a cease-fire in the Syrian conflict in observance of the Eid al-Adha holiday went as many observers had expected: It was violated within hours, and both sides blamed each other. The four-day truce, which began Friday with the Muslim holiday, was brokered by the international envoy to Syria