October 21, 2017

UN says 2900 people killed in Syrian protests

The United Nations human rights office says the death toll in Syria since the pro-democracy demonstrations began in March is at more than 2,900 people. This is up 200 on their previous estimate. On Tuesday, the UN Security Council failed to agree a resolution on taking action against … [Read more...]

Syrian cyber attack on Harvard University website

America's Harvard University has had its website hacked in what appears to be a "sophisticated" cyber attack from Syrian protesters. Along with a picture of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, the hacked home page showed a message saying the "Syrian Electronic Army Were Here". A further message … [Read more...]

Red Cross gets access to Syrian prison

The International Red Cross has been allowed to visit a Syrian prison for the first time since civil unrest broke out five months ago. Red Cross President Jakob Kellenberger also held talks with President Bashar al-Assad to discuss the treatment of prisoners. Mr Kellenberger said he had … [Read more...]

Syrian military bombards Palestinian refugees in Latakia

The Syrian military offensive against civilians in the port city of Latakia has claimed the lives of at least four Palestinian refugees and forced Thousands to flee. The Syrian Navy have backed up a ground offensive and a spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works agency (Unrwa) says that … [Read more...]

Yemen’s President Saleh in Saudi Arabia

Yemen's president Ali Abdullah Saleh has been flown to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment, only a day after he was wounded when his palace was shelled, Saudi Arabian officials have announced. Comflicting reports yesterday had Saleh fleeing the country and staying in Yemen following the artillery … [Read more...]

President Assad announces ‘general amnesty’ in Syria

State television in Syria has announced that President Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a general amnesty for 'crimes' committed by protesters before 31st May. The amnesty covers all political opposition movements, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. There have been weeks of … [Read more...]

Canada imposes sanctions on Syria

Canada is imposing sanctions against members of the Syrian regime in response to the continuing brutal crackdown on protesters in Syria. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the sanctions will take effect immediately and include a travel ban on President Bashar al-Assad and others associated … [Read more...]

President Assad admits “mistakes” by Syrian security forces

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted in the al-Watan newspaper as saying his security services "made some mistakes" in their handling of demonstrations. He attributed the shortcomings to a lack of experience with such situations, which he said would normally be the police's … [Read more...]

US imposes sanctions on Syria’s President Assad

The United States has imposed sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for human rights abuses and lack of political reform. To date the US and the European Union have imposes sanctions on other individuals in the Assad regime, but not on President Assad himself. President Barack Obama … [Read more...]

Assad advisor says soldiers ordered not to fire on protesters

Buthaina Shabaan an adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has promised opposition leaders that government forces will not fire on protests planned for Friday throughout Syria. Louay al-Husein has told the BBC that he and other opposition leaders had been in talks with Ms Buthaina Shabaan to … [Read more...]

Syrian tanks storm Baniyas

Syrian troops and tanks loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have swept into the port city of Baniyas to crush anti-government protests. Government forces have been massing outside the city for days, while Assad's ruthless crackdown was unleashed upon his own people in the southern city of … [Read more...]

Assad continues crackdown on Syria protesters

President Bashar al-Assad's hardline crackdown on unrest in Syria shows no sign of letting up. Syrian security forces have surrounded the coastal city of Baniyas, following the violent storming of Deraa in the south two days ago. Soldiers have blocked the northern and southern entrances to … [Read more...]

US warns its citizens to leave Syria

The US State Department has warned US citizens to leave Syria, following several days of unrest which has seen hundreds of civilians killed after troops fired on anti-government protesters in Damascus and Deraa. To reinforce the recommendation, the State Department has announced that some … [Read more...]

Syrian Government resigns – Assad to address the nation

The Syrian government resigned on Tuesday amid pro and anti government protests taking place across Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepted the resignations Tuesday and a "new government will be named within hours" says Syrian Information Ministry spokeswoman Reem Haddad. Haddad says … [Read more...]

Syrian troops kill 10 protesters in Deraa

At least 10 people have been killed and dozens wounded after Syrian police opened fire on people protesting against the deaths of anti-government demonstrators in Deraa, in southern Syria. One Syrian human rights activist claims that at least 37 people have been "massacred" by the security … [Read more...]