war in Syria - updates

Rappler's latest stories on war in Syria


Syria war records lowest monthly death toll in 9 years

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Of the total deaths, some 51 people were killed in shelling and air strikes by the Syrian regime, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA WAR. Displaced Syrian children walk at a school that was reportedly targeted in a regime forces' air strike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on March 3, 2020 near the town of Adwan. File photo by Ibrahim Yasouf/AFP

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 800 health workers killed in Syrian 'war crimes' – report

Mar 15, 2017 - 7:58 AM

The Syrian government and its ally Russia have turned the violent withholding of healthcare into a weapon of war according to an analysis published in The Lancet medical journal

EMERGENCY. This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

Russia's Lavrov to meet Syria political opposition in Moscow

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry could not say which groups from Syria s dizzying array of opposition – some of whom are dismissed by rebels fighting on the ground as not genuine – would be represented

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Hungarian counterpart in Moscow on January 23, 2017.  Photo by Alexander Nemenov / AFP

Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered

Dec 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura says talks to end the nearly 6 year war should resume soon

EVACUATION. Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. Photo by Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Russia renews heavy bombing of Syria's Aleppo

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:15 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin meanwhile cancels a planned trip to Paris in a row over the violence in Syria

A picture shows desruction as Syrian pro-government forces advance in Aleppo's Bustan al-Basha neighborhood on October 6, 2016. AFP PHOTO

Chief Syria opposition negotiator quits over failed peace talks

May 30, 2016 - 7:37 AM

UPDATED Mohammed Alloush cites the failure of the Geneva negotiations and the continued shelling of rebel held areas by President Bashar al Assad s regime as reasons for his resignation

In this file photo, chief negotiator for the main Syrian opposition body (HCN), Army of Islam rebel group's Mohammed Alloush (2nd L) speaks with Syrian opposition body (HCN) delegation head Asaad al-Zoabi prior to a press conference of the HCN in Geneva on April 19, 2016. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Syria ceasefire 'about to collapse' – opposition

Apr 10, 2016 - 11:55 AM

High Negotiations Committee member: Over the last 10 days we have seen a very serious deterioration and the ceasefire is about to collapse

LULL. A photograph made available on March 10, 2016 shows a man picking copper and metal from destroyed and abandoned buildings in the neighborhood of Jobar, east of Damascus, Syria, March 9, 2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

Blame game tests Syria's fragile ceasefire

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Washington urges all sides to be patient saying setbacks are inevitable

A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People's Protection Units (YPG). AFP / STR

Syria's shaky truce enters second day

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Several air strikes hit central and northern Syria but the first major ceasefire of the war appears to be broadly intact on its second day

TEMPORARY PEACE. An elderly man holds beads as he sits at a street in the rebel-held neighborhood of Tishreen, after a ceasefire that went into effect in Damascus, Syria, February 27, 2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

Saudi Arabia says 100,000 Syrians granted residency

Sep 12, 2015 - 8:40 AM

Saudi Arabia made it a point not to deal with them as refugees but has issued residency permits to 100 000 Syrians who wish to stay in the kingdom

REFUGEES. A Syrian refugee family braves a sand storm at the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 24 September 2014. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

China, Russia veto UN attempt to refer Syria to ICC

May 22, 2014 - 11:28 PM

It is the 4th time China and Russia have blocked Western resolutions on the conflict paralyzing UN efforts to end a war estimated to have killed more than 160 000 people

CITY DESTROYED. Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on January 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STR

Syria and the just war theory

Sep 07, 2013 - 11:21 PM

Is armed intervention in Syria justified on humanitarian grounds?

Bored Japanese trucker becomes a 'war tourist' in Syria

Jan 06, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Fujimoto s passion has taken him from the dull routine of the highway to Syria where as part of his latest adventure in the Middle East s hot spots he shoots photos and video while dodging bullets with zest