Syrian government forces advanced into Palmyra on Saturday with heavy support from Russian air strikes, taking control of several districts in a major assault against Islamic State fighters, Syrian state media and a monitoring group said.
Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.
Israeli air strikes on Syrian military positions killed at least 10 members of Syria's army, a monitoring group said on Monday, a day after Israel said an attack from inside Syria killed an Israeli boy in the Golan Heights.
The Syrian army has abandoned its last base near the northern town of Saraqeb after a fierce assault by rebels, further isolating the strategically important second city Aleppo from the capital.
But in a political setback to force
Gunmen in inflatable dinghies attacked a military unit on Syria's Mediterranean coast, state media said on Saturday, the first seaborne assault in a 13-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
The nocturnal raid, along wit
The Syrian army will stop operations on Thursday morning but remain on alert to confront any attacks, Syrian state television quoted a defence ministry source as saying.
'After our armed forces carried out successful missions in combat
At least 23 people were reported killed in Syria on Saturday as violence intensified in the eighth month of unrest against President Bashar al-Assad, pushing the death toll close to 4,600, according to a leading activist group.
In a three-
Syrian army units stormed into the city of Banias with tanks overnight, attacking Sunni districts that had defied President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule, a human rights campaigner said on Saturday.
The units entered the coastal ci
Syrian soldiers fired shots in the air in the southern city of Deraa to prevent people attending Friday prayers or protesting, a resident said.
"They will open fire (on you) if you leave your house," the resident told Reuters by telephone.