Latest Damascus News

Report: 'Foreign bodies' enter Syrian airspace from Israel

May. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that "foreign bodies" have entered Syrian air space from Israel in the country's south. The late Saturday report on state news agency SANA comes a day after a similar incident that caused loud explosions in Damascus SANA said Syrian defenses were...

Explosions near Syrian capital in apparent Israeli strikes

May. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Several explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus on Friday night as the country's air defenses opened fire on "objects" coming from the direction of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, state media reported. State news agency SANA quoted an unnamed military official as...

Iraqi airline set to resume flights to Syrian capital

May. 16, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's Transport Ministry says Iraqi Airways is set to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time since the war there erupted in 2011. It says the first fight will land at Damascus International Airport on Saturday, with the Iraqi transport minister on board....

UN says more displaced likely if Syria violence mounts

May. 10, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. food agency warned Friday of a worsening humanitarian situation in Syria's last rebel stronghold in the country's northwest as rebel groups battled government forces to regain territory they lost earlier this week. The latest wave of fighting, which began 10 days ago, is the most...

Syrian government has few options to battle fuel sanctions

May. 3, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government is scrambling to deal with its worst fuel crisis since the war began in 2011, aggravated by U.S. sanctions targeting oil shipments to Damascus. There was temporary relief when reserves or smuggled oil made their way to the market. Long lines outside gas stations slightly...

Report: North Korea wants to help Syria rebuild

May. 1, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's state news agency says a visiting North Korea delegation has expressed interest in helping Damascus with reconstruction efforts. SANA said North Korea's vice foreign minister, Pak Myong Guk, was in Damascus on Wednesday. He was expected to later travel to Iran. Syria and...

Syria: West practicing economic 'terrorism' against Damascus

Apr. 26, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's ambassador to the United Nations on Friday accused the United State and the European Union of practicing "economic terrorism" against his country by imposing what he described as illegitimate and unilateral sanctions. Bashar Ja'afari made his comments in the Kazakh capital of...

Kosovo women returned from Syria face house arrest

Apr. 24, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Nearly 20 women repatriated from Syria were ordered put under house arrest after prosecutors said they are suspected of joining or taking part in the conflict there as foreign militants. The 19 women appeared in court in Pristina, a day after 10 other women were also put under house...

Syrian media: Bomb placed in car kills civilian in Damascus

Apr. 24, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-run media say a bomb has killed a civilian and wounded five other people in a Damascus neighborhood. The official SANA news agency says the bomb had been placed in a car in the Nahr Aysheh district in southern Damascus and killed the driver when it detonated. The agency...

Report: Over 4,300 vacate Syria displaced camp

Apr. 22, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that more than 4,300 residents of a remote displaced people's camp near the border with Jordan have returned to government-controlled areas over the last month. SANA on Monday quoted a Syrian-Russian coordination committee that oversees efforts to...