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Dec 2, 2011

Sanctions bite in Syria as oil giant Shell pulls out

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Friday it would cease operations in Syria to heed new European Union sanctions against Damascus, deepening the international isolation of President Bashar al-Assad imposed over his violent crackdown on popular unrest.

In the latest bloodshed, Syrian army defectors killed eight Air Force intelligence personnel in an attack on their base in the north of the country, according to an opposition group.

Dec 2, 2011

U.N. rights chief calls for action to protect Syrians

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell said on Friday it would cease operations in Syria to heed new European Union sanctions against Damascus, deepening the international isolation of President Bashar al-Assad imposed over his violent crackdown on popular unrest.

In the latest bloodshed, Syrian army defectors killed eight Air Force intelligence personnel in an attack on their base in the north of the country, according to an opposition group.

Dec 1, 2011

Syria firms, VIPs sanctioned in “civil war”

BEIRUT, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The United States, European
Union and Arab League blacklisted Syrian VIPs and companies on
Thursday to force an end to the military crackdown on protesters
challenging the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

Bloodshed continued in Syria in what one United Nations
official said was now a “civil war” that has cost at least 4,000
lives since March.

Dec 1, 2011

Syrian oil, VIPs targeted in new sanctions

BEIRUT, Dec 1 (Reuters) – The Arab League put Syrian
VIPs on a travel ban list on Thursday and European Union foreign
ministers readied a raft of economic sanctions against President
Bashar al-Assad to press him into stopping a military crackdown
on popular protests.

Syria’s crisis erupted in March with street unrest inspired
by anti-authoritarian revolts elsewhere in the Arab world. But
driven by Assad’s iron fist policy towards civilian protesters,
Syria may be sliding towards civil war as some soldiers and
officers defect with their weapons to fight loyalist troops.

Nov 30, 2011

Seven soldiers, six civilians dead in Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Seven Syrian soldiers were killed by army renegades and six civilians were shot dead on Wednesday as regional pressure tightened on President Bashar al-Assad with Turkey imposing tough economic sanctions on Damascus.

The conflict, which began in spring as a one-sided crackdown on peaceful anti-government protests, is now sliding towards civil war. Soldiers are defecting with their weapons to take on Assad loyalist troops.

Nov 30, 2011

Syria hit with Turkey sanctions as army losses mount

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) – Syria’s biggest trade partner Turkey suspended all financial credit dealings with it on Wednesday and froze its government’s assets, joining the Arab League in isolating President Bashar al-Assad over his military crackdown on opponents.

The government of regional transport hub Dubai said airlines based in the United Arab Emirates would stop flying to Syria, part of a decisive break with Assad’s government among countries in the Middle East after eight months of violence.

Oct 18, 2011

Israel’s Shalit day: joy mixed with bitterness

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israelis whose daughters, sons, fathers and mothers were killed in Palestinian attacks are facing an ordeal of fresh grief that nothing can alleviate, not even the national celebration of a lost soldier’s homecoming.

The release on Tuesday of hundreds of Palestinian militants from Israeli jails in exchange for one Israeli captive, Gilad Shalit, marked a moment of relief and joy for the great majority in both camps. The most optimistic even see in it a flicker of hope for eventual peace in the Middle East.

Oct 16, 2011

Israel torn by morality of Shalit prisoner swap

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – For hundreds of Israelis whose daughters, sons, fathers and mothers were killed in Palestinian attacks, this week will bring an ordeal of renewed grief that nothing can alleviate, not even the national celebration of a lost soldier’s homecoming.

The imminent release from prison of hundreds of Palestinian militants in exchange for a lone Israeli captive, Gilad Shalit, expected on Tuesday, reopens deep emotional wounds, stirring bitterness with anger.

Oct 13, 2011

Israel-Palestinian swap due in Sinai next week

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit will be freed from five years of solo captivity in the Gaza Strip sometime next week in exchange for the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.

The swap is expected to take place on Egyptian territory at locations somewhere in the Sinai Desert, as yet undisclosed.

Oct 8, 2011

Muslim, Christian graves desecrated in Israeli city

TEL AVIV-JAFFA, Israel (Reuters) – Dozens of gravestones were desecrated at adjacent Muslim and Christian cemeteries overlooking the sea at Jaffa and a fire-bomb was thrown at a nearby synagogue, on Saturday, Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.

At least five tombs were smashed and some 20 others sprayed with Hebrew graffiti, including “Death to Arabs” and “Price Tag,” a slogan used by militant Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and their supporters.