Car bomb kills 50 in Syria as air strikes pound rebels

Syrian citizens gathering in front of damaged buildings and cars at the site of bomb explosion at the Mazzeh Jabal area in Damascus.

Syrian rebels launched a devastating car bomb attack Monday that killed 50 pro-regime fighters, a watchdog said, as air strikes pounded rebel positions and the opposition held talks on an overhaul.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 12:30pm

Syria opposition accuses US of undermining revolt

Syrian army soldiers taking position during a patrol in Harasta area eastern Damascus in Syria. Photo: EPA

Syria’s main anti-regime group said on Friday the US was undermining the country’s revolt by seeking an opposition overhaul, as the UN accused rebels of possible war crimes over a video showing soldiers being executed.

3 Nov 2012 - 3:35pm

Syrian rebels attack checkpoints and kill 78 soldiers

Syrian soldiers patrolling the street in Harasta area eastern Damascus on Thursday. Photo: EPA

Syrian rebels killed 78 soldiers on Thursday, about half of them in attacks on military checkpoints in the north just hours after a wave of bombings hit the Damascus area, activists said.

The unusually high toll for regime forces came after days of intense air bombardment of rebel positions around the country that killed hundreds more.

2 Nov 2012 - 2:22pm

Taxi drivers dodge snipers in battle to survive in Syria's civil war

A rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position in the Jedida district of Aleppot. Photo: AP

Taxi driver Abu Mohammed cheated death when a sniper opened fire. The bullet whistled past his right temple.

Instead of him, it hit his female customer on the back seat of his yellow cab.

Like scores of drivers in Aleppo, Mohammed risks his life every day to ferry passengers across the front lines of Syria's vicious civil war, battling to stay alive and feed their families.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

Peace envoy urges China to help resolve crisis in Syria

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi gesture for each other to lead the way before their talks in Beijing yesterday. Photo: AFP

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi yesterday urged greater involvement by China in a bid to end the violence in Syria as he met Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

1 Nov 2012 - 4:36am

Envoy urges China to play ‘active role’ in Syria crisis

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi (left) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. Photo: AP

UN-Arab League peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said on Wednesday he hoped China would play an active role in helping end the violence in Syria as he met Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Almost 150 killed on first day of Syria truce, watchdog finds

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: EPA

Almost 150 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.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:01pm

Call for anti-Syria demo at Lebanon police chief’s funeral

Protesters make their way to Beirut’s Martyrs Square for an anti-Syria demonstration on Sunday. Photo: AP

Lebanese opposition supporters were expected to turn out in the thousands on Sunday for an anti-Syria demonstration at the funeral of a top security official killed in a car bombing blamed on the Damascus regime.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Blast kills 10 in Damascus, as UN peace envoy visits

UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. Photo: EPA

An explosion hit the Old City of Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens of other civilians, Syrian activists said. It came as President Bashar al-Assad discussed the civil war in his country with visiting UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Assad accused after Beirut bomb kills security official

Lebanese security forces inspect the site of an explosion in Beirut's Christian neighbourhood of Ashrafieh. Photo: AFP

A car bomb blast in Beirut on Friday killed eight people including a top security official linked to the anti-Damascus camp in Lebanon, prompting opposition calls for the government to resign.

The rush-hour bombing in the predominantly Christian district of Ashrafieh also left 86 people wounded, Information Minister Walid Daouk said.

20 Oct 2012 - 2:42pm

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

Brahimi warns conflict could set region ablaze

UN and Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi at a press conference in Beirut. Photo: EPA

Rebels downed a helicopter in fierce fighting yesterday with troops seeking to retake a key Syrian town, a watchdog said, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi warned the conflict risks setting the region ablaze.

The battle for the Damascus-Aleppo highway raged around the northwestern town of Maaret al-Numan even as Brahimi appeared to have won tentative support for a ceasefire plan.

18 Oct 2012 - 3:57am

Man charged in UK for hostage-taking in Syria

British police say they have charged a man arrested last week at Heathrow Airport for allegedly kidnapping two journalists in Syria.

Scotland Yard said on Tuesday that 26-year-old Shajul Islam, who was arrested October 9 at Heathrow after arriving on a flight from Egypt, will appear in court on Wednesday.

17 Oct 2012 - 10:08am

Briefs, October 16, 2012

Women protesters chained to the St Paul's pulpit. Photo: EPA

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16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Syrian rebels say they shot down fighter jet during Aleppo battle

The tail said to be that of the shot-down MiG jet. Photo: AFP

Syrian rebels have shot down a fighter jet in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group and an army defector said.

"The rebels shot down the fighter jet in the west of Aleppo province, where fierce battles are taking place," said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The jet was bombarding the village of Khan al-Asal."

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am