Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living in areas that had previously housed rebel fighters, says Human Rights Watch. Photograph: Saad AboBrahim/Reuters

Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living among rebels who had already fled, Human Rights Watch (HRW) s(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December on Monday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo

A suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 17 yesterday in central Damascus as radical fundamentalists tightened their grip on the ancient Christ(...)

Syria’s deputy Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said yesterday the government would attend the US-Russian-sponsored peace conference set to conve(...)

Children sit in the street as a baby drinks milk in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The war grumbles and growls from the suburbs and occasionally intrudes with deadly mortar strikes and car bombs, demanding attention and disrupting Da(...)

Syrian children from Aleppo at Bab al Hara restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph:  John Wreford

At the southwest corner of the looming Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, a small corner of Syria has recently sprung up.Bab al-Hara, named after the hugely po(...)

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of president Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, “Syria is fine,” as he stands guard at a checkpoint on Baghdad Street in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

“I’m so sorry I cannot invite you to my home to eat and drink,” says Sameer Qardan (66) with an apologetic smile. “I would love to host you properly. (...)

A man points towards a burning car, caused by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.

A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 62 when it exploded on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus today, state media reported.State (...)

Soldiers and civilians  loyal to the Syrian regime  gather as they place the Syrian national flag on a truck in Qusayr, after the Syrian army took control of the strategic city from rebel fighters yesterday.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The fall of rebel-held Qusayr is a major gain for Syrian government forces bolstered by veteran fighters of the Lebanese Shia Hizbullah movement. The (...)

Free Syrian Army fighters carry their weapons as their move towards their positions in the al-Ziyabiya area in Damascus earlier this month. Photograph: Ward Al-Keswani/Reuters

Let’s be clear: There are no good options left in Syria. The government of Bashar al-Assad has a large arsenal of weapons as well as the(...)

Israeli soldiers walk together during training close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: Reuters/Baz Ratner

The flow of traffic along the broad boulevards of the oldest city on earth swirls around fixed and temporary barricades erected over the past s(...)