Latest Syria News

UN aid chief says 'humanitarian disaster' unfolding in Idlib

Jun. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief declared Tuesday that "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding in Syria's last rebel-held territory where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive, ending a cease-fire negotiated by Turkey and Russia in September. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Report: Syria holding 2 Lebanese security agents

Jun. 18, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run National News Agency says Syrian troops are holding two Lebanese security agents who crossed by mistake into the neighboring country. NNA reported Tuesday that the two members of the State Security Department were captured two days earlier while on a hiking trip in a...

Syrian insurgents shell government-held rural area, kill 12

Jun. 17, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian insurgents fired rockets into residential parts of the government-held northern province of Aleppo, striking a wedding party and killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 15, state media said Monday. The attack late Sunday took place in the village of Wadehi, south of Aleppo...

Israel moves to name Golan settlement after Trump

Jun. 16, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

RAMAT TRUMP, Golan Heights (AP) — The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement...

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

Syria says Israel hit military position in country's south

Jun. 12, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state-run news agency said Wednesday that Israel attacked a military position in southern Syria, causing material damage. SANA said Syrian air defenses were able to shoot down some of the Israeli missiles before they reached their target during the early morning attack on al-Harra...

France: 9 children among returned citizens who fled Syria

Jun. 11, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A dozen French citizens - nine of them children - who fled the Syria-Iraq war zone have been transferred back to France. Two French officials said the children and "three jihadis" were discreetly brought to Paris on Tuesday after being arrested in Turkey. The officials were confirming a report...