Latest Damascus News

Report: Foreign aid lost in Syria exchange rate distortions

Oct. 22, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government benefited from variations in foreign currency exchange rates, boosting state coffers with at least $100 million in international aid money over the last two years, according to new research. The currency...

Syria, UAE leaders discuss closer relations in rare call

Oct. 20, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ crown prince received a rare telephone call from Syrian President Bashar Assad in which they discussed strengthening relations and cooperation, Syria’s state media reported Wednesday. The call between Assad and...

Bus bombs kill 14 in Syria capital; shells elsewhere kill 10

Oct. 20, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years. While the Syrian...

Syrian state TV says 2 roadside bombs explode near military bus in Damascus, killing 13

Oct. 20, 2021 01:31 AM EDT
DAMASCUS (AP) — Syrian state TV says 2 roadside bombs explode near military bus in Damascus, killing 13.

Palestinians clash with Israeli police in Jerusalem

Oct. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at a popular gathering place just outside Jerusalem's Old City as thousands celebrated a Muslim holiday, a repeat of violence earlier this year that eventually led to the 11-day Gaza war in May. Israeli police...

Syria buries former lawmaker shot near Israeli border

Oct. 18, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A former Syrian lawmaker allegedly felled by Israeli sniper fire was laid to rest Monday in an official funeral attended by hundreds of people near Damascus. Midhat Saleh, a well-known figure in Syria, was fatally shot Saturday in Ein el-Tineh, a...

Shooting in Syria could mark new phase in Israeli campaign

Oct. 17, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The death of a former Syrian Druse lawmaker, allegedly by Israeli sniper fire, could mark a new phase in what Israel calls its war against Iranian entrenchment in neighboring Syria. Syria’s state-run news agency said that Midhat Saleh was fatally shot...

Syrian allies vow response to Israeli strike, also blame US

Oct. 14, 2021 04:16 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense ministry said on Thursday that one of its soldiers has been killed and three injured in an overnight Israeli airstrike on a telecommunication tower in the central province of Homs. A military official said the strike shortly...

US does not support normalization of relations with Syria

Oct. 13, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The United States does not support efforts to normalize relations with the government of President Bashar Assad or lift sanctions imposed on Damascus until there is progress in the political process in the war-torn country, the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday. ...

Jordan carrier resuming flights to Syria in new sign of thaw

Sep. 28, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s national airline will resume direct flights to Damascus on Oct. 3, Jordan’s state-run news agency reported Tuesday, nearly a decade after flights were suspended because of the war in Syria. The resumption of flights is the latest sign...