Syria conflict

Damascus car bombing shatters four-day ceasefire

Outbursts of fighting threatened to undermine a fragile ceasefire on Friday. Photo: AFP

Five people were killed and 32 wounded in a car bomb attack in southern Damascus on Friday, Syrian state television said.

Friday, 26 October, 2012, 11:57pm

Holiday ceasefire in Syria crumbles amid deadly fighting

Syrians searching through rubble for survivors at the site where a car bomb exploded in Daf al-Shok district, southern Damascus. Photo: EPA

A powerful car bomb exploded in Damascus yesterday, inflicting many casualties and shattering a shaky temporary truce in the Syrian conflict on the occasion of a Muslim religious holiday.

State television said the "terrorist car bomb" had killed five people and wounded 32, according to "preliminary figures".

27 Oct 2012 - 3:35am

China calls on all sides to abide by Syria ceasefire

Lakhdar Brahimi speaks at a press conference in Cairo, joined by Arab League chief Nabil Alarabi (right) and Jimmy Carter. Photo: EPA

Beijing called on Thursday for all sides in the Syrian conflict to observe UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s proposal for a Muslim holiday ceasefire.

25 Oct 2012 - 6:49pm

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepts holiday ceasefire, envoy says

UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: EPA

The UN-Arab League mediator for the Syrian conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, told the UN Security Council yesterday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted a holiday ceasefire, although a final announcement was expected to come later.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:45am

Peace envoy Brahimi urges truce as bomb rocks Damascus

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi holds a press conference in Damascus. Photo: AFP

Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi appealed for a truce to the conflict during a Muslim holiday this week after talks with President Bashar al-Assad, as a deadly blast rocked Damascus.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:39pm

Clashes erupt in Beirut after slain official's funeral

Lebanese protestes wave Syrian revolutionary flags, national flags and Islamic flags as they gather in Martyrs' Square for the funeral of General Wissam al-Hassan in Beirut. Photo: AP

Violence erupted in downtown Beirut on Sunday as protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati after the funeral of an assassinated intelligence chief whose death they blame on Syria.

Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said.

21 Oct 2012 - 11:06pm

Top Lebanese agent dead in Beirut bomb blast

A car burns after an explosion in east Beirut. The blast damaged cars and destroyed the front of a multi-storey building. Photo: Reuters

Senior Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan, who led the investigation that implicated Syria and Hezbollah in the killing of former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, died yesterday in a Beirut explosion.

"I can just say that it is true, he is dead," a Lebanese official, who worked with al-Hassan, said.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:58am

Call for Syrian truce in time for Eid festival

Syrian jets hammered the rebel town of Maaret al-Numan on the second day of an assault. Photo: AFP

Syrian jets hammered a rebel town yesterday as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi landed in Damascus to press for a truce, marking the second day of an assault in which the regime is accused of using cluster bombs.

20 Oct 2012 - 3:59am

Beirut bomb blast kills eight, scores injured

Firefighters extinguish burning cars after an explosion in Achrafiyeh, Beirut. Photo: AP

A huge car bomb exploded in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday killing a top security official and seven others, wounded about 80 and heightened fears that Syria’s war is aggravating tensions in Lebanon.

20 Oct 2012 - 2:15am

44 people killed in Syria air strike: rescue workers

Syrian men react following an airstrike by Syrian government forces in Maaret al-Numaan on Thursday. Photo: AFP

At least 44 people were killed in an air strike on Thursday in the rebel-held town of Maaret al-Numan, rescue workers told a journalist at the scene.

“We have recovered 44 corpses from under the rubble,” one rescue worker said. A medic had earlier told reporters that at least 20 people were killed and 30 were missing.

18 Oct 2012 - 9:41pm

New wave of air raids on key Syrian town

A rebel fighter fires an anti-aircraft gun as a Syrian army helicopter flies overhead in Maarat al-Numan. Photo: AFP

Syrian regime warplanes launched a new wave of strikes on Thursday on the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan, seized by rebels last week.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:34pm

Jihadist group took part in raid on missile defence base, activists say

Syria calls Recep Tayyip Erdogan hostile. Photo: Reuters

A shadowy jihadist group believed to be linked to al-Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defence base in Syria yesterday, activists said.

The claim heightens fears extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:45am

87 soldiers die in Syrian army’s highest toll: NGO

A Syrian opposition fighter stands near a post in the northern city of Aleppo on Thursday. Photo: AFP

The Syrian army suffered its highest death toll since the start of rebel hostilities with at least 87 soldiers killed on Thursday, an observer group said, amid fears the civil war could become a broader conflict as tensions with Turkey escalate.

12 Oct 2012 - 1:00pm

Syrian plane was carrying ammunition, says Turkey's PM

The intercepted plane at Anakara airport. Photo: EPA

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday the cargo seized on a Syrian plane intercepted on its way from Moscow to Damascus carried military equipment and ammunition for the Syrian regime.

Erdogan said the cargo was “equipment and ammunition shipped to the Syrian Defense Ministry” from a Russian military supplier, in remarks televised by NTV news channel.

12 Oct 2012 - 12:21am

Tensions flare over plane forced down by Turkey

Syria wants the plane's seized cargo returned. Photo: AP

Tensions flared yesterday between Turkey and Syria as well as top Syrian ally Russia after Ankara forced a Syrian passenger plane from Moscow, reportedly carrying arms, to land in the Turkish capital.

12 Oct 2012 - 3:24am