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Syria

15.08.2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and UN-Arab League Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi have stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis in Syria, Press TV reported.

In a telephone conversation on Wednesday, the officials called on all sides to throw their weight behind a negotiated solution to the prolonged unrest in the Arab country.

Salehi praised Brahimi for his efforts to end the crisis in Syria and invited the UN envoy to visit Tehran for further talks on the issue.

12.08.2013

Syrian oppositional National Council intends to open an official representative office in Jordan, Al Jazeera channel reported on Saturday.

According to the report the Syrian National Council considers it necessary to open a representative office in Jordan for establishing political relations with this country as well as to observe the condition of the Syrian refugees in Jordan.

It is reported that the oppositional Syrian National Council also intends to open representative offices in other Arab and European countries.

12.08.2013

The real death toll in the Syrian war could be more than 200,000 people, a pro-opposition watchdog group said Saturday, as it provided a latest count that matched that of the UN, dpa reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of more than 106,000 people, but warned that the real toll could be twice as high.

The United Nations said in July that more than 100,000 have been killed in Syria since March 2011.

12.08.2013

The president of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has threatened to intervene to defend the Kurdish population caught up in Syria's unrest, BBC reported.

Massoud Barzani said if Kurds were "under threat of death and terrorism" then Iraqi Kurdistan would be "prepared to defend them".

Recent fighting between Kurds and Islamist anti-government forces has left dozens dead in northern Syria.

Kurds make up about 10% of the Syrian population.

They are largely concentrated in the north-east, towards the Turkish border.

05.08.2013

A Syrian opposition figure based in İstanbul has warned that a Syrian Kurdish group's plans to establish autonomy in Kurdish-populated areas of northern Syria is both a threat to Turkey's security and territorial integrity and a development that could pave the way for creation of an Alawite state in Syria Today`s Zaman reported.

30.07.2013

The Secretary General of the League of Arab States (LAS) Nabil El-Arabi and the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged the sides of the Syrian conflict to stop fighting during the holiday of Ramadan, a report of the OIC said on Tuesday.

According to the report, the Secretaries General of the OIC and LAS have also noted that they expect support from the leaders of the Arab and Muslim countries in the call to stop the fighting in Syria.

17.07.2013

Syrian opposition intends to unite all armed groups into a single organized army, Al Jazeera channel said on Tuesday.

According to the channel, highly professional servicemen, who joined the Syrian opposition, will take part in the creation of this army. The Syrian generals who are now hiding from the Syrian official authorities in refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Egypt will also be involved in the leadership of the army.

17.07.2013

Six thousand people are fleeing Syria every day as the conflict intensifies and merges with violence in neighbouring Iraq, United Nations officials have said aL Al Jazeera reported.

The warnings were given on Tuesday at a rare public briefing of the UN's Security Council in New York

The High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, told the meeting that the organisation had "not seen a refugee outflow escalate at such a frightening rate since the Rwandan genocide almost 20 years ago".

16.07.2013

The misery in Syria will not repeat itself in Egypt, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said Monday in Cairo, while calling for an end to the violence and the start of talks between rival factions, dpa reported.

Burns is the first US official to visit the Egyptian capital since the army overthrew former president Mohammed Morsi.

There are mounting concerns that the country could slide into a Syria-like civil war as it remains polarized between the Islamist supporters of Morsi and their opponents who backed his ouster.

24.06.2013

At least three people were killed and ten others wounded on Sunday when a suicide bombing hit a police station in the north of the Syrian capital Damascus, the pro-government Sham FM radio reported.

The state-media said the blast rocked behind a bakery shop in the district of Rukin Addien and spelled no further details, Xinhua reported.

Rukin Addien has recently emerged as a troublesome area in northern Damascus with reports saying security forces raided it frequently in search of the wanted people.