Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Syria bombards Qusayr, Damascus bombing kills nine

A street with damaged buildings in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal district in Syria. Photo: Reuters

Syria’s air force bombarded Qusayr on Sunday, two weeks into a Hezbollah-backed assault, as a car bomb in Damascus killed nine members of the security forces.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Fierce fighting rages at Syria’s Aleppo prison

A public bus is used as a barricade along the front line in the Sheikh Maqsud neighbourhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Photo: AFP

Syrian troops backed by tanks and warplanes on Wednesday fought to repel an attack on the central prison in Aleppo after rebels blew up its walls in suicide car bombings, a watchdog said.

15 May 2013 - 11:58pm

Push for Syria war crimes probe as 26 children die

Internally displaced Syrian children gesture as they pose for a photo at a school in Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

International calls for a war crimes probe into the 22-month Syrian conflict are growing after a watchdog reported at least 26 children have been killed in the latest violence.

Reports of the child deaths came on Monday as New York-based Human Rights Watch accused President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of expanding its use of banned cluster bombs.

15 Jan 2013 - 2:29pm

Rebels besiege airports as Syria death toll tops 60,000

Free Syrian Army fighters are seen with weapons at the front line near a military air base loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad at Taftanaz. Photo: Reuters

Furious combat raged around strategic airports in northern Syria on Thursday, the day after the United Nations gave a staggering toll of 60,000 dead in the country’s 21-month civil war.

3 Jan 2013 - 9:46pm

Syria opposition talks intensify as bombs hit army

Syrian dissident George Sabra (centre), a Christian former communist, who was elected as president of the Syrian National Council (SNC) attends the reading of the executive committee election results in Doha on Friday. Photo: AFP

Days of foreign-backed efforts to reorganise Syria’s opposition came to a head on Saturday, as twin car bombs killed at least 20 soldiers in the south of the country.

Opposition talks in the Qatari capital Doha saw the Syrian National Council vying to keep its leading role in the face of US- and Arab-backed proposals to form a new government-in-waiting that could win deeper support.

10 Nov 2012 - 8:26pm

Over 30 killed in 24 hours at Damascus Palestinian camp

Rebel fighters watch as smoke rises after Syrian government forces fired an artillery round at a rebel position during heavy clashes in Aleppo on Sunday. Photo: AP

More than 30 people were killed in a 24-hour period in a Palestinian refugee camp south of the Syrian capital Damascus amid fierce clashes between the army and rebels, Palestinian sources said on Monday.

5 Nov 2012 - 8:55pm

US rejection of Syrian group shocks allies

A member of the Free Syrian Army walks in an area of Aleppo where clashes with pro-government forces continue. Photo: Reuters

The US administration's decision to drop its recognition of the Syrian National Council (SNC) as the leading Syrian opposition group and propose creating a new umbrella organisation surprised and puzzled close allies.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:26pm

Syrian jets hammer Damascus on last day of Muslim holiday

Smoke billows over Arbeen during an attack by Syrian regime forces in the outskirts of Damascus. Photo: AFP

Syrian warplanes hammered Damascus on Monday with loud explosions shaking the capital on the fourth day of a Muslim holiday marked by the failure of a ceasefire bid, a correspondent said.

The explosions, which appeared to come from several different districts, could be heard over about two hours and were among the most intense in the city since the beginning of the 19-month conflict.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:23pm

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

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

Dozens killed as triple car bombs hit Syria's Aleppo

Syrian security officers run from buildings where triple bombs exploded in an Aleppo square on Wednesday. Photo: AP

Three car bombs tore into the heart of Aleppo on Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 90, mostly soldiers, a watchdog said, as television broadcast scenes of devastation in Syria’s commercial capital.

3 Oct 2012 - 6:39pm

Syria air strike kills 12, 5 children: watchdog

A military air strike on the town of Salqeen in Syria’s mostly rebel-held province of Idlib on Monday killed 12 people, including five children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:25pm

Fierce clashes as army shells Syria’s Aleppo

A fire tears through a historic souk in Aleppo. Photo: AP

Fierce fighting broke out in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday as rebels attacked an army checkpoint near the capital, killing nine soldiers, monitors said.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am