BEIRUT (Reuters) – The United Nations has received promises of major donations at this week’s $1.5 billion aid conference for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict, a senior U.N. official said on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s pledging conference in Kuwait will seek $1 billion of aid for Syria’s neighbors sheltering 700,000 registered refugees, and another $500 million to bankroll humanitarian work for 4 million Syrians inside their country.
MUKHTARA, Lebanon (Reuters) – World powers are abandoning Syria to be “systematically destroyed” by a civil war which has already wrecked whole cities in a once-great Arab nation, Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said.
Accusing them of “indifference or conspiracy”, Jumblatt said none of the international players, which are deeply divided over the 21-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, had shown any urgency to stem the bloodshed.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will deliver a rare speech on Sunday about the uprising against his rule, which has killed 60,000 people and brought civil war to the edge of his capital.
With insurgents fighting their way closer to the seat of his power, state media said in a statement that Assad would speak on Sunday morning about the “latest developments in Syria and the region”, without giving details.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – The international envoy seeking a solution to Syria’s 21-month-old conflict said on Thursday political change was needed to end the violence which has killed 44,000 people, and called for a transitional government to rule until elections.
Speaking in Damascus at the end of a five-day trip during which he met President Bashar al-Assad, Lakhdar Brahimi did not spell out detailed proposals but said that only substantial change would meet the demands of ordinary Syrians.
BEIRUT, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Syria’s civil war has reached
stalemate and international efforts to persuade President Bashar
al-Assad to quit will fail, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov said on Saturday.
Mainly Sunni Muslim rebels seeking to overthrow Assad are
fighting on the edge of the capital Damascus and expanding
southwards from their northern strongholds in Aleppo and Idlib
into the central province of Hama.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of President Bashar al-Assad nor rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad’s powerbase in Damascus.
Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by Assad’s Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president’s inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels.
BEIRUT, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Syrian Vice President Farouq
al-Sharaa said that neither the forces of President Bashar
al-Assad nor rebels seeking to overthrow him can win the war
which is now being fought on the outskirts of Assad’s powerbase
Sharaa, a Sunni Muslim in a power structure dominated by
Assad’s Alawite minority, has rarely been seen since the Syrian
revolt erupted in March 2011 and is not part of the president’s
inner circle directing the fight against Sunni rebels.
BEIRUT, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Iran’s army chief of staff warned
NATO on Saturday that stationing Patriot anti-missile batteries
on Turkey’s border with Syria was setting the stage for world
General Hassan Firouzabadi, whose country has been a staunch
supporter of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the 21-month
uprising against his rule, called on the Western military
alliance to reverse its decision to deploy the defence system.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian warplanes bombed insurgents east of Damascus on Saturday and government forces pounded a town to the southwest, activists said, in a month-long and so far fruitless campaign to dislodge rebels around the capital.
Jets bombarded the Beit Sahm district on the road leading to the international airport and the army fired rockets at several rebel strongholds around Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad’s bastion through 21 months of an increasingly bloody uprising.
BEIRUT, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Syrian rebels clashed with forces
loyal to President Bashar al-Assad near Damascus airport on
Tuesday, battling for the capital’s outskirts after 20 months of
conflict which the United Nations said has driven half a million
people from the country.
Fighting near the airport, 20 km (12 miles) south-east of
Damascus city centre, is part of a broader confrontation between
Assad’s forces and rebels who hold a near continuous arc of
territory from the east to the southwest of Assad’s power base.