September 15, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian troops fired tear gas at a gathering of mourners just hours after U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and other Western diplomats expressed their condolences to the family of a rights advocate killed last week, activists said Wednesday. The incident could increase already-high tensions between Washington and Damascus, which has accused the United States of helping incite violence in Syria. Authorities have also criticized two earlier visits by Ford to the country's central and southern regions.
July 30, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Tens of thousands of protesters calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad's regime took to the streets throughout Syria Friday, urging fellow citizens who have remained on the sidelines to join them and warning those who are hesitant that they are indirectly helping security forces kill more protesters. Syrian troops trying to sweep them from the streets fired live ammunition and tear gas, killing at least four demonstrators, activists said. The protests, which have become a weekly ritual after Friday's Muslim prayer services, came hours after a bomb blast struck a major oil pipeline in western Syria, causing oil to spill into a lake.
October 16, 2011 |
BEIRUT - Syrian security forces trying to suppress the resilient antigovernment uprising killed five people Saturday, including one person who was attending a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead in protests a day earlier, activists said. Another of the dead was an activist for the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights who was assassinated while in hiding in a besieged eastern city, the group said. The uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began in mid-March amid the wave of antigovernment protests in the Arab world that have toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
August 21, 2012 |
TEL RIFAT, Syria - Government forces pummeled the battered city of Aleppo with air strikes and tanks and shelled parts of Damascus and southern Syria on Monday, killing at least 100 people during a major Muslim holiday, rights groups and activists said. The violence escalated dramatically after a one-day lull on Sunday, the start of the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The renewed fighting showed that President Bashar Assad's regime is not letting up on its drive to quell the 17-month-old uprising out of respect for the occasion.
December 30, 2011 |
HOMS, Syria - The presence of Arab League monitors in Syria has re-energized the anti-government protest movement, with tens of thousands turning out over the past three days in cities and neighborhoods where the observers are expected to visit. The huge rallies have been met by lethal gunfire from security forces apparently worried about multiple mass sit-ins modeled after Cairo's Tahrir Square. Yesterday, security forces opened fire on tens of thousands protesting outside a mosque in a Damascus suburb and killed at least four.
October 4, 2011 |
BEIRUT - Syrian troops going house to house detained more than 3,000 people in the last three days in the rebellious town of Rastan, which has seen some of the worst fighting of the six-month-old uprising, activists said Monday. During the last week, the military fought hundreds of army defectors who sided with anti-regime protesters in Rastan. The fighting demonstrated the increasingly militarized nature of the uprising and heightened fears that Syria may be sliding toward civil war. The activist group Local Coordination Committees said fighting in the town had stopped after the military operation that left dozens dead.
August 14, 2011 |
BEIRUT - Syrian tanks, security agents, and pro-regime gunmen fanned out into the streets of several towns to root out protesters demanding the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad in a sweep Saturday that killed at least five people. The heaviest assault was in the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, where thousands had turned out in protests a day earlier. At least 20 tanks and armored personnel carriers rolled into the city's al-Ramel neighborhood amid intense gunfire that sent many residents fleeing the area, according to Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
November 20, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Syrian troops stormed a central town and a northwestern region in search of regime opponents on Saturday, activists said, a day after the government agreed in principle to allow the Arab League to send observers to oversee a peace plan proposed by the 22-member bloc. At least 15 people were killed, activists said. The attacks on the town of Shezar in the central province of Hama and on the restive Jabal al-Zawiya region near the Turkish border came as pressure mounted on Damascus to end its eight-month crackdown on antigovernment protesters.
December 18, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Arab League has given Syria until Wednesday to allow observers into the country or else it will likely turn to the U.N. Security Council for action to try to end the deadly violence against regime opponents, Qatar's prime minister said Saturday. Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al Thani said in Qatar that Arab foreign ministers will hold a "decisive and important" meeting in Cairo on Wednesday to decide on next steps. He said there is near unanimity on taking the Arab League's plan to the Security Council in hopes the world body can bring more pressure to bear on Damascus to accept it. Syria has demanded changes to the proposal, which calls for an end to the crackdown.
January 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in the northern town of Idlib was shot dead Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, and activists reported deadly clashes elsewhere between government forces and army defectors. Abdulrazak Jbero was on his way from Damascus to Idlib when he was shot, said Hicham Hassan, an ICRC spokesman in Geneva. An ICRC statement said he was riding in a "vehicle clearly marked with a Red Crescent emblem" and expressed shock at the killing.