Latest Damascus News

Lebanese general renews mediation over missing US journalist

May. 25, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security chief has met U.S. officials in Washington as part of mediation between Washington and Damascus for the release of an American journalist missing in Syria, the head of a mission that assists hostages said Wednesday. Nizar Zakka, President of the...

Russia: It's time to stop aid from Turkey to Syrian rebels

May. 21, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador says he sees no reason to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria, accusing the West and the United Nations of insufficient efforts to deliver aid from Damascus and failing to finance “early recovery...

Syria says Israel has carried out new attack near Damascus

May. 20, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Friday night, which Syrian media said were the result of a new Israeli attack near Damascus. State-run news agency SANA said Syrian air defenses confronted “hostile targets” in the skies in the Damascus...

Massacre video reopens wounds for missing Syrians' families

May. 20, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — For years, the Siyam family clung to hope they would one day be reunited with their son Wassim, who they believed was being held in a Syrian government prison after he went missing at a checkpoint nearly a decade ago. That hope evaporated the moment they saw him in a...

Israel approves ultranationalist Jewish march in Jerusalem

May. 18, 2022 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities on Wednesday said they have given the go-ahead for flag-waving Jewish nationalists to march through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem's Old City later this month, in a decision that threatens to re-ignite violence in the holy city. ...

Syria President Assad visits Iran for meetings in rare trip

May. 08, 2022 10:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad met with Iranian leaders in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian and Syrian media reported, marking his second trip to major wartime ally Iran since Syria’s civil war erupted in 2011. Nour News, a website close to Iran’s Supreme National...

Biden meets with parents of missing journalist Austin Tice

May. 02, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden met Monday with the parents of American journalist Austin Tice, who was abducted in Syria nearly 10 years ago, the White House said. “During their meeting, the President reiterated his commitment to continue to work through all available...

Hezbollah leader: Iran could retaliate for Israeli strikes

Apr. 29, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group warned Friday that if Israel continues to target Iran’s presence in the region, Tehran could eventually retaliate by striking deep inside Israel. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s warning came in a speech during a...

UN invites Syrian opponents to constitution talks on May 28

Apr. 27, 2022 03:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Syria announced Tuesday that he has sent invitations to the Syrian government and the opposition for an eighth round of talks starting in late May, aimed at revising the constitution of the conflict-torn country. Geir Pedersen told...

Israeli strike on Syria kills 4 soldiers, wounds 3

Apr. 27, 2022 02:11 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — An Israeli missile attack on suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus killed four soldiers and wounded three others, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry said earlier in the day that the missiles were fired from northern Israel shortly after...