Fresh rebel shelling kills 13 in Syria

At least 13 people were killed and many more wounded by a fresh rebel shelling on government-controlled areas in the northern city of Aleppo, media reported.

Syrian army officer wounded in Damascus blast

A senior Syrian army officer was wounded in an explosion in a northern Damascus district on Monday, a monitoring group reported.

Suicide blast strikes north Damascus: Security official

A group of rebels on motorcycles attacked a regime-controlled neighbourhood in Damascus Monday, detonating a suicide bomb when Syrian security forces closed in, a security official told AFP. 

Suicide bomber blows himself up in heart of Damascus: Army

A suicide bomber blew himself up on Monday in a central neighbourhood of the Syrian capital where major security compounds are housed, according to a Syrian army source.

`Never again`, says Mediterranean boat survivor recalling horror journey

 Gode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler`s trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe.

At least 42 dead in rebel-IS clashes near Damascus: Monitor

At least 42 fighters were killed in 24 hours of fierce fighting between Islamist rebels and the Islamic State group in Syria`s Damascus province, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

UN envoys hear doctor`s account of Syria chemical attack

The UN Security Council went into a closed-door meeting on Thursday to hear first-hand accounts of chemical attacks unleashed in Syria as it weighed possible action against those responsible.

Syria rights activists` verdict set for April 15: Lawyer

A verdict in the case of three Syrian activists accused of "promoting terrorist acts", including leading dissident Mazen Darwish, has been set for April 15, their lawyer said on Monday.

UN calls for safe passage from Damascus refugee camp under Islamic State attack

The head of the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees called from Damascus on Sunday for safe passage for people wishing to leave the Yarmouk camp on the city fringes that Islamic State insurgents are trying to take over.

Syrian rebels shell Aleppo, killing at least 5

Syrian rebels shelled a government-held neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo early on Saturday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens, Syrian state television and an activist group reported.

Palestinians back joint Yarmuk operation with Syria army: PLO

A group of 14 Palestinian factions said Thursday they backed a joint military operation with the Syrian government to expel Islamic State group jihadists from the Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus.

Violence in Damascus refugee camp kills 18 - Amnesty

At least 18 civilians have been killed in a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus since the Islamic State group attacked it last week, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

Military operation needed in Syria`s Yarmuk camp: Minister

 A military operation is necessary to expel Islamic State jihadists from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in south Damascus, Syria`s reconciliation minister said on Wednesday.

2,000 evacuated from Syria`s Yarmuk after IS advance: Palestinians

Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus after the Islamic State group seized large parts of it, a Palestinian official told AFP Sunday.

Hamas holds Gaza march for besieged Yarmuk refugees

Hundreds rallied Saturday in the Gaza Strip in support of thousands of fellow Palestinians trapped in Syria`s Yarmuk camp, which has been largely overrun by jihadist fighters.

Islamic State takes 90 percent of Damascus refugee camp: Monitor

 Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

National tipple arak takes a hit in Syria`s war

Once a source of national pride, Syria`s national tipple arak has fallen victim to the country`s conflict, with a shrinking customer base, supply routes severed and cheap counterfeits aplenty.

Syrian regime reels from setbacks as rebels score key wins

President Bashar al-Assad`s regime was reeling Thursday from a series of military setbacks after rebels seized a major provincial capital and a key border post in less than a week.

Islamic State seizes vast Damascus refugee camp

Islamic State fighters seized most of a vast camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus from other insurgents on Wednesday in a bid to capture a major foothold close to President Bashar al-Assad`s seat of power.

Rebels seize Syria-Jordan border as IS storms Damascus

Rebels backed by Syria`s Al-Qaeda affiliate seized control Wednesday of the last border crossing with Jordan that had been under regime control, dealing a major blow to President Bashar al-Assad.