Israel's army said on Thursday it had hit dozens of Iranian military targets in Syria overnight after rocket fire towards its forces which it blamed on Iran, marking a sharp escalation between the two enemies.

2018-05-10 08:09 GMT+8

Chemical weapons experts have completed their mission to the Syrian town of Douma to probe last month's alleged chemical attack, but the analysis of samples may still take weeks, the global watchdog said Friday.

2018-05-05 07:41 GMT+8

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in Moscow that he appreciated Russian President Vladimir Putin for the opportunity to discuss regional problems.

2018-05-10 12:22 GMT+8

OPCW inspectors, who have been investigating whether chemical weapons were used in an attack on the Syrian town of Douma last month, are planning the unprecedented measure of exhuming some of the victims’ bodies as part of their probe.

2018-05-04 10:12 GMT+8

Buses arrived in south Damascus on Thursday to transport Syrian rebels from an enclave they have surrendered there, but some fighters in another besieged area near Homs kept fighting despite an agreement to quit, a war monitor said.

2018-05-03 20:03 GMT+8

UNICEF is working to provide urgent assistance to children affected by the violence in Syria, including the millions of refugee children driven out of the country. 

2018-05-02 18:07 GMT+8

China's special envoy Gong Xiaosheng has expressed deep concern over the situation in the Middle East, saying China is willing to promote negotiation and peace in the region.

2018-05-07 10:28 GMT+8

The United States and its allies would not want to pull troops out of Syria before diplomats win the peace, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, one of the strongest signs yet a full US withdrawal was unlikely anytime soon.

2018-05-01 12:05 GMT+8

Syria's government retook control of Eastern Qalamun Wednesday after the last rebels and civilians were bused out of the region near Damascus under an evacuation deal, state media said. 

2018-04-25 18:18 GMT+8

Two more Syrian families living in Turkey have been successfully repatriated back to their homes in northern Syria's Aleppo province.

2018-04-30 18:33 GMT+8

A Russian media outlet claims the alleged chemical attack in Syria on April 7 was staged by the West-backed White Helmets. It said the five-year-old NGO – which claims to be Syria's Civil Defense – fabricated the scene and coaxed young children to play along.  

2018-04-21 21:23 GMT+8

China's special envoy for Syria, Xie Xiaoyan, has urged the various sides to return to the negotiating table. Xie told the press in Moscow that China objects to any unilateral military actions on any country, without authorization of the UN Security Council.

2018-04-28 14:08 GMT+8

2018-04-27 12:55 GMT+8

Aid officials called Tuesday for urgently needed monetary funds to help civilians and refugees caught up in the conflict in Syria, amid warnings of a new impending humanitarian disaster in the country.

2018-04-25 13:01 GMT+8

Phan Thanh Hung Duc lies there, silently. To be exact, he is immobile. His mouth is “agape” and his hands and feet “locked in gnarled deformity,” as the New York Times recorded.

2018-04-20 19:53 GMT+8

Israel carried out deadly, widespread raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday after alleging that Iran fired rockets toward its forces, drawing global calls to avoid any further escalation.

2018-05-11 08:49 GMT+8

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the United States had no intention to leave Syria despite Washington saying it had such plans, the RIA state news agency said.

2018-04-24 14:22 GMT+8

Inspectors from the global chemical arms watchdog on Saturday took samples in the Syrian town of Douma after an alleged poison gas attack, the organisation said. 

2018-04-21 21:06 GMT+8

Syrian rebels began withdrawing from an enclave northeast of Damascus on Saturday and will go to northern Syria, both state TV and a rebel official confirmed, in a surrender agreement that marks another victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

2018-04-21 19:50 GMT+8

US assessments following US, British and French joint missile strikes on Syria last weekend showed they had only a limited impact on Assad's ability to carry out chemical weapons attacks.

2018-04-20 08:02 GMT+8

The Syrian government on Thursday stepped up its efforts to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as one group of rebels prepared to withdraw and another one reportedly given ultimatum to do the same.

2018-04-19 22:32 GMT+8

Iraqi air force conducted airstrikes on ISIL positions inside Syria in coordination with Syrian government on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing Iraqi military spokesperson. 

2018-04-19 19:40 GMT+8

Accessing Douma has proven to be challenging, but more obstacles await the OPCW personnel once they begin their work in the town near Damascus.

2018-04-19 18:50 GMT+8

A New York Times report that US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had unsuccessfully urged President Donald Trump to seek congressional approval ahead of last week's airstrikes in Syria has been shot down by Mattis.

2018-04-19 09:39 GMT+8

The United States accused Russia on Monday of blocking international inspectors from reaching the Syrian city of Douma and said Russians or Syrians might have tampered with evidence on the ground. Moscow denied the charge and blamed delays on retaliatory US-led missile strikes on Syria.

2018-04-19 09:22 GMT+8

Members of a UN security team came under fire while doing reconnaissance for inspectors to visit areas in Syria where a chemical weapons attack allegedly took place, officials said.

2018-04-19 09:28 GMT+8

‍Europe's foreign ministers assembled in Luxembourg on Monday after Saturday’s coordinated missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain in response to an alleged chemical attack in Douma, near Damascus, earlier this month.

2018-04-17 13:07 GMT+8

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday faced opposition inside and outside parliament to her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria.

2018-04-17 12:28 GMT+8

Seven years on, the Syrian civil war has mushroomed into a destructive crisis that has drawn in multiple stakeholders.

2018-04-17 13:02 GMT+8

Russia has said it expects investigators with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to reach the site of a suspected chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on Wednesday, amid accusations from Western diplomats that Moscow has been blocking inspectors' access to Douma.

2018-04-17 10:56 GMT+8

Syrian state media on Tuesday retracted reports of an overnight missile attack on the central province of Homs, saying its air defenses had been activated after a false alarm. 

2018-04-17 07:40 GMT+8

The children of Syrian refugees in Jordan are showing the effects of being robbed of peace and stability during their formative years. 

2018-04-17 21:42 GMT+8

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said the U.K.’s decision to attack Syria was not based an order from U.S. President Donald Trump, “but because it was the right thing to do."

2018-04-17 01:26 GMT+8

Gold and oil traded slightly lower as markets opened for the first time since Western powers launched a missile attack on Syria, but equities are unlikely to experience big losses unless the West strikes again or Russia retaliates.

2018-04-16 08:47 GMT+8

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a phone conversation on Sunday in regard to the latest missile strikes on Syria which were launched by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday, Russian news agency Sputnik reported citing Kremlin. 

2018-04-15 22:12 GMT+8

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished.

2018-04-15 22:22 GMT+8

After the Syrian army gained control over the Eastern Ghouta countryside of Damascus, they decided to send reinforcements toward a new battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in an area south of the capital, a monitor group reported on Sunday.

2018-04-16 11:19 GMT+8

The US-led airstrikes on Syria were against the United Nations Charter, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing on Monday, calling the operation irresponsible.

2018-04-16 21:44 GMT+8

The three Western countries behind the airstrikes on Syria defended their actions on Sunday, arguing the move was a necessary and legitimate warning to the Syrian government.

2018-04-16 10:34 GMT+8

Mission Accomplished, exclaimed US President Donald Trump in the wake of a quick run of missile attacks against Syria. But what was the mission? And where's the evidence of a chemical attack? What happened to obtaining authorization from the United Nations to launch attacks against another sovereign nation? Too many questions remain unanswered. But what is clear is that international law was violated.

2018-04-16 11:08 GMT+8