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# damascus - Monday 17 December, 2012

Syria VP says neither side can win outright

His comments came as the regime launched air strikes against a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus.

# damascus - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Syrian rebels claim capture of infantry base in Aleppo

The fall of the army installation in Syria’s largest city is the last blow to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

# damascus - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Car bombs rip through Damascus killing 34

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for today’s suicide bombings.

# damascus - Friday 23 November, 2012

Syria state TV journalist shot dead: official media

The official state news agency said that the man was the latest in a string of employees of pro-government media to be killed.

# damascus - Thursday 8 November, 2012

Syria's Assad refuses to flee: 'I'll live and die in Syria'

The beleaguered Syrian president is defiant, telling Russian TV: “I am not a puppet, I was not made by the West”.

# damascus - Monday 5 November, 2012

Car bomb kills 50 in Syria as air strikes pound rebels

Air strikes continue as 50 pro-regime fighters are reported dead in the city of Hama.

# damascus - Friday 12 October, 2012

German foreign minister to visit Turkey for Syria talks: embassy

Germany will enter discussions on the steady deterioration of relations between Syria and Turkey, following deadly airstrikes.

# damascus - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

Damascus rejects UN chief call for unilateral ceasefire

The foreign ministry said it had twice implemented a ceasefire – but rebels had used it as an opportunity to ” expand their armed deployment”.

# damascus - Thursday 4 October, 2012

Concern over disappearance of human rights lawyer in Syria

Khalil Ma’touq and his friend Mohammed Thatha went missing on their route to work which involves passing several government checkpoints.

Turkey pounds Syria in reprisal for deadly fire

Turkey has fired on Syrian targets this morning in reprisal for deadly cross-border fire yesterday, as tensions in the region sharply escalate.

# damascus - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Syria: Air strike kills 30 as over 150 reported dead in nationwide violence

Clashes across the country have continued today as some estimates now put the death toll from the civil war at over 29,000 since early last year.

# damascus - Saturday 15 September, 2012

UN envoy: Syria crisis is a threat to the world

The conflict’s death toll continues to rise with overnight air strikes killing 12 civilians and wounding 60 more.

# damascus - Monday 10 September, 2012

Syria latest: Aleppo bombs, UN envoy and water crisis

Residents of the country’s second city are experiencing serious water shortages as a main water pipeline has been destroyed.

# damascus - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

UN peace envoy says Syria death toll is 'staggering'

Lakhdar Brahimi told the UN General Assembly that the destruction in the country is reaching “catastrophic proportions and the suffering of the people is immense”.

# damascus - Saturday 1 September, 2012

Syria: Rebels target government aircraft after seizing air defence building

A total of 125 people killed in violence nationwide on Friday including 74 civilians, 29 soldiers and 22 rebels according to one report.

# damascus - Monday 27 August, 2012

Syria: UN chief 'shocked' at massacre reports

Meanwhile, French president Hollande says he is ready to recognise a provisional Syrian government.

A butcher, a barber and a policeman: meet Syria's rebels Civil War This post contains images

A butcher, a barber and a policeman: meet Syria's rebels

Butchers, barbers and students are now getting used to guns, tanks and warfare.

Minister visits refugee camp in Jordan as Syrian rebels 'shoot down' helicopter in Damascus In Pictures This post contains images

Minister visits refugee camp in Jordan as Syrian rebels 'shoot down' helicopter in Damascus

Plus, images of a war: refugees play home in the many camps set up in neighbouring countries as thousands continue to flee the violence.

# damascus - Sunday 26 August, 2012

Syria: Dozens of bodies filmed as opposing sides blame each other for massacre

Footage posted online but not independently verified purports to show rows of bodies lined up at a graveyard and sprawled on Syrian streets.

# damascus - Thursday 23 August, 2012

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UK warns it will 'revisit' stance on Syria if government uses chemical weapons

Meanwhile, a harrowing first-hand report from Amnesty International workers documents a sharp increase in extrajudicial and summary executions of civilians in Aleppo.

# damascus - Monday 20 August, 2012

Syria: Shelling continues as Eid is celebrated

As Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated in Syria, Aleppo and Daraa were being shelled, according to latest reports. Meanwhile, the last UN monitors are leaving the country.

# damascus - Saturday 18 August, 2012

Syria: Departing UN observer chief criticises failure to protect civilians

International obligations towards civilians “have not been respected” by either side in Syrian conflict,

# damascus - Friday 17 August, 2012

Air France passengers asked to chip in for fuel

Passengers rounded up around €17,000 but the airline found another way to pay for the fuel on the emergency stopover in Damascus.

# damascus - Friday 10 August, 2012

Syria in danger of 'long-term civil war', says UN chief

Meanwhile, Syrian rebels have been forced from key area of Aleppo.

# damascus - Wednesday 8 August, 2012

Syria: Amnesty releases satellite images of Aleppo activity Syria This post contains images

Syria: Amnesty releases satellite images of Aleppo activity

Images taken in and around Aleppo recently show increased use of heavy weapons in the area.

# damascus - Tuesday 7 August, 2012

Syria: President appears on television, vows to crush rebellion

“The Syrian people and their government are determined to purge the country of terrorists and to fight the terrorists without respite,” Assad said in a televised address.

# damascus - Sunday 5 August, 2012

Syrian government warplanes pound Aleppo rebels - NGO

The fighter jets have repeatedly hit areas held by the rebels in two districts of the city today.

VIDEO: Syria rebels say hostages are elite soldiers from Iran Kidnapped This post contains videos

VIDEO: Syria rebels say hostages are elite soldiers from Iran

The rebels say that the Iranians kidnapped yesterday are actually Revolutionary Guards and not pilgrims, as was originally claimed.

# damascus - Saturday 4 August, 2012

48 pilgrims from Iran kidnapped in Syria - reports

The 48 Iranians were abducted by armed terrorists who boarded their bus in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

Syrian TV presenter ‘kidnapped and executed’

The news comes as new fighting is reported in Aleppo and Damascus.

# damascus - Friday 3 August, 2012

UN assembly hits out at Security Council failure on Syria

The Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution criticising the Security Council’s failure to act on the Syria conflict.

Mortars kill at least 20 in Damascus refugee camp

At least 20 people have been killed after mortars rained down on a crowed Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital

# damascus - Thursday 2 August, 2012

Syria: Rebels bombard airbase near Aleppo amid reports of torture and execution

There have been further reports of human rights abuses from both government forces and rebels in Syria as the battle for its second city continues.

# damascus - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

Syria: Government troops and rebels clash near Aleppo intelligence HQ

The military offensive of troops loyal to president Bashar Assad has entered its fourth day.

# damascus - Monday 30 July, 2012

Syria: Aleppo assault will be 'nail in coffin' of Assad's presidency

US Defence Secretary says reported use of weapons against the Syrian people shows that Assad’s “regime is coming to an end”.

# damascus - Sunday 29 July, 2012

Syria latest: Jordan's refugee camp, the Pope's plea and Aleppo assaults

The Pope has appealed for an end to violence as Syria’s army continues its ferocious attacks on the city of Aleppo.

# damascus - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Syria army launches Aleppo assault

Fears are growing about the safety of civilians in Syria’s second city, with reports of massive assaults on several neighbourhoods.

# damascus - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Syrian ambassador defections confirmed by US

White House also said it considers reports the Syrian government is using planes in its assault on Aleppo as “credible”.

# damascus - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Eight killed in Syrian prison mutiny

Opposition Syrian National Council claims regime forces opened fire on detainees during a peaceful sit-in protest.

# damascus - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens

Cyprus’s justice minister says the bloc is “prepared for the worst”, as Syria reveals its WMD for the first time.