Latest Damascus News

Syria blames US for harsh fuel crisis paralyzing the country

Sep. 17, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s oil minister claimed the severe fuel crisis that has hit his country is the result of Western sanctions, and also allegedly because oil fields in eastern regions have fallen under control of American troops and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. The minister, Bassam Tomeh...

Syria reports Israeli airstrike near northern city of Aleppo

Sep. 11, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Israeli warplanes fired missiles on suburbs of the northern city of Aleppo early Friday, Syrian state media said, amid increased airstrikes on Syria in recent weeks. There were no immediate reports of casualties. On Aug. 31, an attack targeted the southern suburbs of the capital...

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, second left, walk after their talks in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Russia's foreign minister has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad shortly after landing in the Syrian capital on his first visit since 2012. Russia has been a close ally of Assad in Syria's long and bloody nine-year-long civil war, lending his government in Damascus vital military, economic and political support. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian delegation in Syria to expand trade, economic ties

Sep. 7, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russia and Syria plan to sign an economic pact before the end of the year that is partly aimed at circumventing U.S. sanctions, Russia's deputy prime minister said Monday as he led a high-level delegation on a visit to Damascus. Yuri Borisov said the Russian side is expecting to sign...

Syria reports Israeli airstrikes against central airbase

Sep. 2, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses opened fire late Wednesday on missiles launched by Israeli warplanes at a military airbase in the central province of Homs, shooting down some of them, state media said. State news agency SANA said the Israeli warplanes fired the missiles from southern Syria soon...

Syria says Israeli strike kills 2 soldiers, wounds 7

Aug. 31, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian Defense Ministry official said Israel’s military fired missiles Monday night on areas south of the capital Damascus killing two soldiers, wounding seven and causing material damage. The unnamed Defense Ministry official, who was quoted by state media, said the strikes...

The Syrian Constitutional Committee Co-Chair Hadi al-Bahra, left, wearing face mask as precaution against the spread of the coronavirus as he leaves the building following the announcement of the suspension of the conference due to cases of Covid-19, affecting members of one of the delegations, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN official: COVID cases likely far higher than Syria says

Aug. 27, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Reports of Syrian health care facilities filling up and increasing death notices and burials appear to indicate that actual coronavirus cases in the war-torn country “far exceed official figures” confirmed by the government, a senior U.N. humanitarian official said...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, flames rise from a gas pipeline that hit by an explosion, between the northeastern Damascus suburbs of Adra and Dumair, in Syria Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. An explosion early on Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, cutting electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers. (SANA via AP)

Blast hits pipeline in Syria, causing wide power outages

Aug. 24, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

DUMAIR (AP) — An explosion early Monday struck a gas pipeline in a Damascus suburb, causing a huge fire and cutting off electricity throughout Syria, state media reported, citing the country's electricity and oil ministers. U.N.-led talks in Geneva including the Syrian government, opposition and civil...

This photo taken Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 shows a Jewish manuscript smuggled into Israel from Damascus in a Mossad spy operation in the early 1990s, in Jerusalem. The manuscript is one of the earliest existing complete manuscripts of the Hebrew bible.  The Jerusalem District Court ruled Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 that the books were “treasures of the Jewish people” that had “historic, religious and national importance” and must be preserved. It determined that the best way to do so would be to keep them at the National Library under a public trust.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Israeli court: Damascus Bibles to stay in National Library

Aug. 18, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — A quarter century after Israeli spies, a Canadian activist and a Syrian rabbi smuggled nine rare medieval Jewish manuscripts out of Damascus, an Israeli court decided the books will remain under the National Library’s custodianship for their preservation. The decision ends a...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, center, speaks to people outside the Lebanese Parliament minutes before an explosion killed him and 22 others, in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 15 years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri in Beirut, a U.N.-backed tribunal in the Netherlands is announcing verdicts this week in the trial of four members of the militant group Hezbollah allegedly involved in the killing. (AP Photo, File)

UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon's Hariri case

Aug. 17, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — More than 15 years after the truck bomb assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, a U.N.-backed tribunal in the Netherlands is announcing verdicts this week in the trial of four members of the militant group Hezbollah allegedly involved in the killing, which...

Virus hits Syria's national soccer team amid COVID-19 surge

Aug. 4, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — At least four players and three staff members on Syria’s national soccer team have tested positive for coronavirus and are in isolation, a Syrian official said Tuesday. The infections come amid reports of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the divided, war-torn country, where...