Contents tagged with Syria

  • Human Rights Watch calls for boycott of FIFA 2018 World Cup opening match in Russia

    Human Rights Watch, a prominent human rights organization, has called for a political boycott of the opening match of the World Cup, which will be held on June 14 in Russia. Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of the organization, announced this in a special statement on Tuesday, May 22.

    "World leaders should signal to President Putin that unless he changes track and acts to end atrocities by Russian and Syrian forces in Syria, they won’t be in their seats in the VIP box with him on opening …

  • Tel Aviv accuses Syria of firing at Israeli warplanes

    The commander of the Israeli Air Force, Amikam Norkin, said that Syrian anti-aircraft systems fired more than 100 missiles at Israeli warplanes, which struck Iranian military facilities on the night of May 10.

    All the planes involved in the largest-ever operation against Iranian forces safely returned to their bases. Along the route, they fired on the anti-aircraft systems that shot at them, including Russian-produced Pantsir and Buk systems which were recently imported to Syria.

    “In the …

  • Media: France deploys six artillery batteries in Syrian Deir ez-Zor province

    The French military has established six artillery batteries near the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to support Kurds, the Baghdad Post reports, citing its sources.

    The newspaper states that the six artillery batteries were established in the north of Deir Ezzor province's Baguz village.

    The French military have increased their presence in Kurdish-held areas of Syria. They are currently deployed in Manbij, al-Hasakah, Ayn Issa and Raqqa.

    Earlier, the newspaper Le Parisien, citing as its source …

  • Crimean authorities say they are ready to help rebuild Syrian cities

    At a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad, the governor of the annexed Sevastopol, Dmitry Ovsyannikov, announced that the Crimean authorities, which are subordinated to Kremlin, are ready to cooperate with Syria in trade and the restoration of Syrian cities, as reported by the press service of the Russian government reported on May 19.

    "Sevastopol is ready for cooperation not only with regard to the supply of goods, but also the restoration of the cities of Syria. It is …

  • Syria starts building tourist resorts for Russians

    The construction of tourist resorts for Russian citizens has begun in Syria, said Syria's Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The construction of tourist resorts for Russians begins in Syria. There are some working facilities and even now there are some tourists,” Haddad told journalists in Yalta.  He said that tourists are on vacation mostly in regions of Syria that are located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. "The situation is better there than in other places. Most …

  • Lavrov: Russian military will remain in Syria as long as Assad regime needs them

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the Argentine newspaper Clarin in a recent interview that Russia will maintain its military contingent in Syria as long as the local government continues to need it.

    The Russian military personnel, as the Minister recalled, have been there since fall 2015 "at the invitation of the legitimate government of the Arab Republic." It then asked Moscow to help "in stabilizing the situation in the country, creating conditions for a political settlement of …

  • Massive explosions take place at ammunition depot near Syrian city of Hama

    According to SANA news agency, several blasts have occurred near the airbase on the outskirts of Syria’s city of Hama.

    Six massive blasts have been reported so far at an ammunition depot near the Hama airbase. The rescuers and firefighters are trying to get to the site.

     The ammunition and fuel depot is destroyed. It is not known whether any planes were destroyed as a result of the fire. No casualties have been reported so far. 

    #Pt. Video showing aftermath of massive explosions in #Hama …

  • Media: Syrian forces detain French military in Hasakah province

    A group of French military were detained at one of the check points in the Syrian province of Hasakah on May 1 while trying to mistakenly enter the Syrian-controlled territory, reports @WarGonzo Telegram channel.

    The column of the French military reportedly arrived in the province of Hasakah from Iraq via a route controlled by the Kurdish forces. There were 60 French citizens travelling on 20 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 jeeps.

    It is reported that the representatives of the Syrian special services …

  • Chemical weapons watchdog: Chlorine used in attack on Syrian town of Saraqeb in February

    The mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) concluded that on February 4 chemical weapons, probably chlorine, were used near ​​the city of Saraqeb in the Syrian province of Idlib.

    The OPCW report, released on May 16, states that “chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al-Talil neighbourhood of Saraqeb."

    The experts studied two cylinders, which used to contain the chemicals, and also analyzed the samples taken in the area of ​​the …

  • Russian Foreign Minister praises Egypt's decision not to send troops to Syria

    Russia positively assesses Egypt's decision not to send troops to Syria according to the proposal of the United States, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri following the talks between the Foreign and Defense Ministers of Russia and Egypt.

    "We touched upon this topic in the context of the discussion of the situation in Syria, in the context of the discussion of the actions of the so-called external players, …