Latest Syria government News

Lebanon official urges restrictions on Syrian refugees after slaying blamed on Syrian gang

Apr. 09, 2024 11:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s caretaker interior minister said Tuesday that this week's slaying of a local politician by what authorities say was a gang of Syrian nationals signals the need to restrict the number of refugees entering the country from neighboring Syria. Bassam Mawlawi...

Cyprus president and Lebanese caretaker premier urge EU financial aid to curb migration from Lebanon

Apr. 08, 2024 09:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese caretaker prime minister and the Cypriot president are calling on the European Union to provide financial support to help cash-strapped Lebanon stop migrants from reaching European shores. President Nikos Christodoulides’ visit to Beirut Monday,...

US braces for retaliation after attack on Iran consulate — even as it says it wasn't involved

Apr. 03, 2024 16:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after an airstrike widely attributed to Israel destroyed an Iranian consulate building in Syria, the United States had an urgent message for Iran: We had nothing to do with it. But that may not be enough for the U.S. to avoid retaliation targeting its...

Tehran vows response after strike blamed on Israel destroyed Iran's Consulate in Syria and killed 12

Apr. 02, 2024 19:03 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Tuesday vowed to respond to an airstrike widely attributed to Israel that destroyed Iran’s Consulate in the Syrian capital of Damascus the previous day and killed 12 people, including two Iranian generals and a member of the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group. ...

Cyprus president asks EU Commission chief to get Lebanon to stop migrants from leaving its shores

Apr. 02, 2024 16:26 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The president of Cyprus said on Tuesday that he has personally asked the head of the European Union’s executive arm to intercede with Lebanese authorities to stop boatloads of Syrian refugees from heading to the east Mediterranean island nation. President...

Syria reports Israeli airstrikes near the city of Aleppo. A war monitor says 44 people are dead

Mar. 29, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army says Israeli airstrikes on Friday near the northern city of Aleppo killed or wounded “a number of” people and caused damage. A war monitor said the strikes killed 44, most of them Syrian troops. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human...

US imposes more Iran sanctions and hits Syrian regime with penalties for drug trafficking

Mar. 26, 2024 12:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a money exchanger and a group of firms across six countries involved in commodity shipments and business transactions that benefit Iran's military and the Houthi militant group in Yemen and the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. ...

UN seeks $4B for aid in Syria as civilians face growing humanitarian crisis

Mar. 22, 2024 11:50 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.N. humanitarian official appealed Friday for more than $4 billion in life-saving aid for more than 10 million Syrians, saying that the country's largely forgotten crisis remains “one of the most deadly to civilians in the world.” Adam Abdelmoula, resident...

Senior Hezbollah security official makes rare visit to UAE to discuss detained Lebanese

Mar. 21, 2024 17:05 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior official with Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group made a rare visit to the United Arab Emirates to discuss the cases of a dozen Lebanese citizens detained in the oil-rich nation over alleged links to the Lebanese group, Hezbollah said Thursday. The United...

Israel strikes several sites in Syria, wounding a soldier, Syrian military says

Mar. 16, 2024 20:15 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit several sites in southern Syria early Sunday wounding a soldier, Syrian state media reported. State news agency SANA, citing an unnamed military official, said air defenses shot down some of the missiles, which came from the direction of the...