IRC denounces deadly attack on Syria hospital

The International Rescue Committee on Sunday condemned the shelling on the Syrian city of Afrin that put a hospital out of service and killed civilians and medical staff. Saturday’s attack on the opposition-held northern town killed at least 21 people, mostly in shelling on the hospital, ac

Shelling kills 16 in northern Syria’s Afrin: Monitor

Shelling of the rebel-held city of Afrin in northern Syria killed at least 16 people Saturday, many of them when a hospital was struck, a war monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a doctor, three hospital staff, three women and a child died at Al-Shifaa hospital in the city whi

US envoy announces new Syria aid, seeks delivery access

The US Ambassador to the United Nations announced on Thursday nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding to support the people of Syria, Syrian refugees and countries hosting them.The ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, also called for access through international crossings to allow the delivery

Syrian President Bashar Assad wins re-election with 95.1% of votes

President Bashar Assad has been reelected to a fourth term with over 95% of the votes cast, defeating two challengers – including a former senior official of a rebel coalition, Syrian authorities have announced. Turnout in Wednesday’s election was 78%, with Assad winning over 13 mil

Mobs attack Syrians heading for presidential vote in Lebanon

Lebanese mobs attacked buses and cars carrying Syrians expatriates and those who fled the war heading to the Syrian embassy in Beirut on Thursday, protesting against what they said was an organized vote for President Bashar Assad.Assad is running for a fourth seven-year term— facing symbolic

Syria says fire erupts in main Homs refinery

Syrian authorities are working on extinguishing a fire that erupted in its main Homs refinery in the west of the nation, state media said on Sunday.The fire erupted in a distillation unit due to a leak in a pumping station, it said without elaborating.State television showed live footage of fire e

Syria approves Assad, two others to run in presidential election

Syria’s Supreme Constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month’s presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday.The largely symbolic election is certain to be won by President Bashar Assad, who was chosen along w

Coronavirus surges in northeast Syria amid oxygen shortages

Kurdish-led authorities in northeast Syria announced Thursday that they will extend a partial lockdown for another week amid a surge in cases of coronavirus. Meanwhile, as an international aid group has warned of oxygen shortages in the region.Northeast Syria has been witnessing a sharp increase o

Syria’s election breaches UN rules, says envoy

UN peace envoy Geir Pedersen on Wednesday slammed Syria’s upcoming presidential elections, saying a vote that will likely keep President Bashar Al Assad in power does not meet UN Security Council rules. Mr Pedersen said next month’s election runs counter to a 2015 UN Security Council

Syria rights group urges world to reject presidential vote

A leading Syrian rights group Monday called on the international community to reject May’s presidential elections because they’ll take place under the rule of President Bashar Assad, who is implicated in war crimes.Paris-based Syrian Network for Human Rights, describing the elections a

A gift to Damascus: 150,000 COVID-19 Chinese vaccines

The Syrian government received the first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines on Saturday, a gift of 150,000 jabs to Damascus, Syrian and Chinese officials said.The Chinese vaccines arrived in Damascus airport where they were received by Syria’s Health Minister Hassan Ghabbash and China’

Syria receives batch of UN vaccines to speed up coronavirus fight

The Syrian government received a batch of 203,000 COVID-19 vaccines Thursday, the health minister said, in a move aimed at speeding up a sluggish inoculation process in the war-torn country.The arrival of the United Nations-secured jabs came as a new wave of infections has overwhelmed medical cent

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in northwest Syria

Northwest Syria received its first batch of coronavirus vaccinations through the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX on Wednesday with inoculations set to start May. Reuters reports A total of 54,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Syria's Idlib, the first for opposition-held Syrian

Syrian President Assad to run for re-election in May

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Wednesday submitted documents to run for a third term in an election scheduled for May 26, parliament’s speaker said on state media.Parliament announced the election on Sunday. Washington and the Syrian opposition have denounced it as a farce designed to ceme

Syria to hold presidential vote on May 26: parliament

Syria is to hold a presidential election on May 26, the parliament speaker announced Sunday, the country's second in the shadow of civil war, seen as likely to keep President Bashar Al-Assad in power.Syrians abroad will be "able to vote at embassies" on May 20, Hamouda Sabbagh said in a statement,

UN sends 39 truckloads of aid to Idlib

The UN on Thursday sent 39 truckloads of humanitarian aid to Syria's northwestern Idlib province, Anadolu Agency reports. The trucks crossed into Idlib through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province, according to UN officials in the province. People in need resid

Daesh abducts 19 in Syria, says human rights monitor

Daesh on Tuesday abducted 19 people, mostly civilians, in the centre of war-torn Syria, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The extremists attacked regime forces in the Badia desert, before kidnapping eight policemen and 11 civilians from a small village.Syria’s s

Assad, his wife have recovered from coronavirus

Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to their regular duties on Tuesday, three weeks after they had tested positive for the coronavirus, the president’s office said.According to the statement, Syria’s first couple had their PCR tests and