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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...

An Israeli soldier drives a tank during an exercise in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah after Israeli strike in Syria

Aug. 4, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and others after Israeli forces said they thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants. The Israeli military announced late Monday that it had struck targets in Syria...

Israeli soldiers work on tanks in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights near the border with Syria, not far from Lebanon border, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Lebanon's prime minister has accused Israel of provoking a

Israel bombs targets in southern Syria amid tensions

Aug. 3, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli fighter jets and attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian army Monday night, hours after thwarting an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected militants trying to plant explosives, the Israeli military said. In a rare statement...

This photo provided by the official Facebook page of the Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and Russia's special presidential envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, left, both wearing masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (Syrian Presidency Facebook page via AP)

US slaps sanctions on Syrian president's eldest son

Jul. 29, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on President Bashar Assad's eldest son, Hafez, keeping up pressure on the Syrian leader and his inner circle. Separately, the U.S. Treasury Department announced it had imposed sanctions on prominent Syrian businessman Wassim al-Qattan...

US military chief visits Israel amid tensions with Iran

Jul. 24, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The top U.S. general made an unannounced visit to Israel on Friday to discuss “regional security challenges” at a time of heightened tensions with Iran and its allies across the Middle East. Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, met with senior Israeli military...

Group: Israeli strikes in Syria killed 5 foreign fighters

Jul. 21, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian war monitoring group said Tuesday that Israeli airstrikes the previous day on military posts south of the capital, Damascus, killed five foreign fighters and wounded several others. Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said in a statement that one of its fighters, Ali Kamel Mohsen,...

Syria reports suspected Israeli air raids on capital

Jul. 20, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian military said the country's air defenses responded on Monday to Israeli air raids in south Damascus that wounded seven soldiers and caused material damage, and residents said loud explosions rocked the capital. It was not clear what the targets were. The air raids, which...

In this photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife Asma vote at a polling station in the parliamentary elections in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, July 19, 2020. Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus amid an increase of cases in recent days. (Syrian Presidency via AP)

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

Jul. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011. It has...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, a member of a humanitarian aid agency disinfects inside Ibn Sina Hospital as prevention against the coronavirus in Idlib, Syria. Hospitals in Syria’s overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus. A leading doctor in the area said on Friday, July 10, 2020 that the measures will last at lest a week. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

Jul. 19, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians headed to polling stations in government-held parts of the war-torn country on Sunday to elect a new parliament amid strict health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus amid an increase of cases in recent days. The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the...

Iran signs agreement to bolster Syria's air defense systems

Jul. 10, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military chief has signed an agreement with Syria's president to reinforce Syria's air defense systems as part of a military cooperation agreement, Iranian state TV reported Friday. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, met with Syria...