Syria conflict

Push from Syria’s ‘southern front’ aims to overwhelm Assad regime

Residents walk past rubble and damaged buildings in Damascus. There are reports of a new front being opened in the civil war. Photo: Reuters

After months of battlefield stalemate, a flurry of reports suggest a new clandestine effort is under way to open a "southern front" against the Assad regime. Central to the plan is a renewed push to provide Syria's badly divided and often ineffectual moderate, secular rebel groups with additional funds, upgraded weapons and intelligence support.

Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 5:36pm

Syrian children suffering from ‘brutal’ health care methods, says charity

A Syrian girl weeping after receiving the measles vaccine from UNICEF nurses at the UN refugee agency's registration center in Zahleh, Lebanon. Photo: AP

Syria's health care system is on the brink of collapse, with medics forced to engage in "brutal medical practices" to save lives, an international charity organisation said.

12 Mar 2014 - 4:10am

Syria army using starvation as ‘weapon of war’, say Amnesty

Residents of Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, south of Damascus, collect aid during a relief operation led by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA. Photo: AFP

The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said on Monday.

10 Mar 2014 - 7:24pm

UN chief to push ahead with Syria peace talks after negotiations end

From left: UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon and UN spokesman Martin Nesirky speak during a joint news conference in Montreux, Switzerland on January 22, 2014. Photo: AFP

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is determined to push ahead with peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition despite the lack of progress during two rounds of negotiations that ended on the weekend.

19 Feb 2014 - 9:18pm

Syria's 'lost boy' not quiet the full picture

The image of Marwan, supposedly alone in the desert, that went viral after it was tweeted by United Nations staff. Photo: UNHCR

A heart-rending picture of a four-year-old Syrian boy apparently alone in the desert, separated from his family and clutching a tattered plastic bag of possessions, seemed to epitomise the refugee crisis caused by the civil war.

19 Feb 2014 - 9:24pm

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urges ‘action on the ground’ in Syria

Amos urged the United Nations Security Council to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria. Photo: SCMP Pictures

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urged the United Nations Security Council to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria as the United States, France and Britain tried to find common ground with Russia and China on a draft resolution on the situation.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:52pm

Slow progress as UN council meets with Russia, China on Syria aid resolution

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: Reuters

UN aid chief Valerie Amos urged the United Nations Security Council on Thursday to act to increase humanitarian access in Syria as the United States, France and Britain tried to find common ground with Russia and China on a draft resolution on the situation.

14 Feb 2014 - 9:29pm

Evacuations, aid delivery resume in Syria’s besieged city of Homs

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Meqdad speaks to journalists during a press conference on the Syrian peace talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Photo: AFP

Operations to evacuate civilians from besieged parts of Syria’s Homs and deliver aid resumed on Wednesday after being suspended for a day, the provincial governor said.

13 Feb 2014 - 9:16am

Russia to veto Syria aid resolution, denounces draft as foundation for military strikes

Syrian opposition spokesman Louay Safi said his side would not 'run away' from the meetings, but suggested things had 'failed' due to a lack of progress. Photo: AFP

Russia said on Wednesday it would veto a UN resolution on humanitarian aid access in Syria in its current form, denouncing the draft as an effort to lay a foundation for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

12 Feb 2014 - 7:24pm

Syria misses another deadline for surrender of its chemical weapons

Members of a joint mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations signing an agreement with Syrian officials, in Damascus. Photo: AFP

Syria claims it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of this year despite missing another deadline.

The delay is being blamed on the war with anti-regime militants and flouts an agreement brokered last September to avert an United States' air strike, mooted after a chemical attack in east Damascus that killed hundreds and drew global outrage.

7 Feb 2014 - 4:10am

Russia says Syria to ship more chemical weapons, attend talks

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) listens during a meeting with Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba (left) in Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Russia offered assurances on Tuesday that the Syrian government will show up at a new round of peace talks next week and will soon ship more toxic agents abroad for destruction under a deal to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal.

4 Feb 2014 - 9:46pm 1 comment

Syrian air force accused of using barrel explosives to kill 76 in Aleppo

Residents look for survivors after Syrian army helicopters dropped 'barrel bombs' on the northern city of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

The Syrian air force was yesterday accused of killing 76 people by unleashing barrels packed with explosives on Aleppo, a focal point for fighting between regime and rebel forces.

16 Dec 2013 - 10:27pm

Western Muslims fighting in Syria using social media to talk about war

 Western Muslims fighting in Syria using social media to talk about war

Western Muslims fighting in Syria are using social media to share their experiences and encourage others to join them.

On sites including Twitter, Tumblr and Ask.fm they are providing an unusual insight into one aspect of the brutal war.

10 Dec 2013 - 3:19am 1 comment

Syria calls for money, vehicles to move chemical weapons

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Photo: AFP

Syria's deputy foreign minister warned that efforts to rid his country of chemical weapons could fail if the international community does not contribute money and equipment.

4 Dec 2013 - 4:50am

Nasrallah says Hezbollah will keep fighting in Syria

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, surrounded by bodyguards, addresses supporters in Beirut on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed on Thursday to keep his forces in Syria where they are fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, in a rare public speech delivered in Beirut.

Nasrallah, who normally appears via video link for fear of assassination by arch enemy Israel, spoke in Hezbollah’s southern Beirut stronghold to mark the Ashura rituals.

14 Nov 2013 - 6:45pm

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