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US lets NGOs break its Syria sanctions regime

Aiming to facilitate humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, the United States on Wednesday took action to let nongovernmental organizations deal with elements of Syria’s government despite American sanctions and gave them wider latitude in their activities. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement said it amended existing rules called …

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BREAKING NEWS – New Israeli strike on Syria leaves 2 dead

An Israeli ‘air aggression’ on Syria’s central region killed two civilians and injured seven others, official media said on Wednesday. State media said Syrian air defences intercepted the attack above the city of Homs. “An Israeli air aggression targeted parts of the central region, and the air defences are responding,” …

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Turkey discusses Syrian refugees with Lebanon

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for support for the Lebanese government in overcoming the country’s crises and holding parliamentary elections at a press conference in Beirut on Tuesday. Cavusoglu stressed that “the Lebanese people should not have to pay the price of regional bargains,” referring to the issue of …

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Japan not ready to normalize with Syria yet

The Japanese government has no plans at the moment to reopen its embassy in Syria’s capital Damascus, foreign minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa said citing security reasons. “The resumption of the embassy’s operations in Damascus will be decided while closely monitoring the local situation,” Hayashi told Arab News Japan at a press …

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More Syrian ministers sanctioned by EU

The European Union on Monday imposed sanctions on four ministers recently appointed to the Syrian government, blaming them for playing a role in the continued repression on civilians in the war-torn country. Asset freezes and travel bans in Europe were imposed on the four, who include the ministers for internal …

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UAE to built solar plant near Damascus

Syria has signed a deal with United Arab Emirates firms for the construction of a solar power plant near Damascus, state media said Thursday, in a sign of growing economic ties. The accord comes two days after UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan met President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus …

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US perturbed by UAE meeting with Assad regime

The United States is concerned by a meeting between the Emerati foreign minister and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, urging states in the region to carefully consider “atrocities” perpetrated by Assad. The meeting was a sign of improving ties between Assad and a …

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Israeli targets Homs in latest air attack

Syria’s state media said on Monday that its air defences intercepted an Israeli missile attack on sites in its central and coastal regions. State media had said earlier that air defences were intercepting “hostile targets” over the countryside around the city of Homs, after explosions were heard over Homs and …

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Israel launches new airstrike near Damascus

Israeli air strikes hit positions held by the Syrian government and its pro-Iranian allies near Damascus overnight, a war monitor said on Wednesday. It was the second Israeli attack to target areas near the capital in four days. Syrian state news agency SANA confirmed the raids and said they caused …

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Israel launches new attack close to Damascus

Israel launched an aerial attack with a number of missiles targeting an area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syrian state TV said early on Wednesday citing a military source. It added the attack resulted in some material damage. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials. Source: English …

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Israeli attack near Damascus leaves 3 dead

An Israeli missile strike wounded two Syrian soldiers near Damascus on Saturday, the official SANA news agency reported after explosions were heard in the Syrian capital. “The Israeli enemy fired a salvo of surface-to-surface missiles from northern occupied Palestine targeting positions near Damascus,” SANA said, quoting an unnamed military official. …

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Israelis attack Syrians sending arms to Lebanon

An Israeli missile strike killed five pro-Iran militiamen near Damascus on Saturday, a war monitor said, while state media said two Syrian soldiers were wounded in the attack. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike “destroyed a Hizbullah and Iranian weapons and ammunition” convoy heading towards Lebanon. …

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Assad in call to UAE to further diplomatic relations

The United Arab Emirates’ crown prince received a rare telephone call from Syrian President Bashar Assad in which they discussed strengthening relations and cooperation, Syria’s state media reported Wednesday. The call between Assad and UAE’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed came as some Arab countries are improving relations with Syria, …

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Damascus bomb kills 13 military personnel

At least 13 Syrian military personnel were killed in a roadside bomb attack, as their bus crossed a bridge in central Damascus during early morning rush hour on Wednesday, state television reported. Syrian state TV posted on its Telegram account images of the charred cabin of the bus, and rescue …

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Israel fires missiles at Homs, Syria says

Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack above the Homs countryside, injuring six soldiers and causing some material damage, official media said on Friday. Israeli military declined to comment. The attack occurred around 9:33 p.m. (1833 GMT), Syria’s official news agency quoted a military source as saying. “The Israeli …

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Rifaat Al-Assd to return to Syria after years in exile

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle Rifaat al-Assad has returned to Syria after 37 years in exile, the al-Watan online newspaper reported on Friday evening. According to the report, president Assad has allowed the return of his uncle, who left Syria in 1984 after mounting a failed coup against his brother …

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UNRWA faces budget crisis

The UN agency helping Palestinian refugees is facing an “existential” budget crisis and appealing for urgent funding of $120 million to keep essential education, health care and other services running, the agency’s chief said. “We keep struggling, running after cash,” Philippe Lazzarini said. “The financial situation is a real existential …

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Iraq, Holland, UN want to repatriate Iraqis, Syrians

Iraq and the Netherlands joined the UN agencies responsible for children and counter-terrorism to launch a global framework to support UN member states willing to repatriate their citizens from Iraq and Syria on Wednesday. Thousands of suspected foreign terrorist fighters are currently being held in detention facilities after the collapse …

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US says no to normalisation with victorious Assad regime

Washington suspended its diplomatic presence in Syria in 2012 and later imposed sanctions on President Al-Assad’s government. According to a US State Department spokesman, the United States has no plans to “normalize or upgrade” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s diplomatic relations with the government and does not encourage others to do …

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Corona virus strikes war-torn Syria

Doctors in Daraa have warned of the outbreak of the coronavirus throughout most of the province, saying that the southern Syrian region was witnessing an unprecedented rise in the number of infections. Speaking on condition of anonymity for security considerations, a doctor in Daraa told Asharq Al-Awsat that the province …

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Syrian defence minister in Jordan for talk

Syria’s defense minister met Sunday with Jordan’s army chief in Amman after after Syrian troops captured several rebel-held areas near Jordan’s border, state media reported. The Hala Akhbar news site, which is linked to Jordan’s military, reported that the meeting between Jordanian Gen. Yousef Huneiti and Syrian Gen. Ali Ayoub …

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Erdogan, Putin eager to discuss Syria in Sochi

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia later this month for talks with President Vladimir Putin about the violence in northwestern Syria, where Moscow and Ankara back opposing sides, two Turkish officials said on Friday.Turkey supports fighters who sought to topple President Bashar Assad, while Russia has helped shore up …

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Damascus blackout after gas lien hit

 Syria’s electricity minister said an attack on one of the gas lines at Deir Ali station led to an electricity outage that affected the capital Damascus, its outskirts and other areas, and that repair work is ongoing, the state news agency (SANA) reported on Friday. The Minister also told state …

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Rifaat Al-Assad found guilty in French court, for property fraud

The Paris appeals court on Thursday backed a guilty verdict against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s uncle for misappropriating public funds in Syria, laundering the spoils and building a vast property portfolio in France with ill-gotten gains. The court confirmed last year’s four-year prison sentence against 84-year-old Rifaat al-Assad, which he may …

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