Syria News Wire

Syria News Wire header image 4

Entries from March 2005

Syria releases Kurdish political prisoners

March 31st, 2005 · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has released 312 Syrian Kurds. They were imprisoned following violent football riots in Qamishli in the North East of the country last year. 30 people were killed in that violence, and hundreds were detained and questioned, with most released days later. Fifteen Kurdish separatists were also released today. The releases have […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

31 die in bus crash

March 31st, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Thirty-one people have been killed in a collision between two buses on the Damascus-Suweida highway, near the border with Jordan. Another 44 have been injured – four of them are in a critical condition. It’s believed that the buses were travelling too fast. It isn’t clear where the buses were travelling to or from.

[Read more →]

Tags:

EU spends $12m training Syrians

March 29th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

The EU is helping to put Syrians into jobs which are currently done by foreigners. The European Union will spend millions training Syrians in alternative energy sources. The oil industry, which accounts for 70% of Syria’s exports, is run by foreign companies. $5m was spent last year, and $7m will be spent next year in […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Jumblatt: Hizbollah must keep their arms

March 27th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s opposition leader Walid Jumblatt has expressed his support for Hizbollah after a surprise meeting with Hasan Nasrallah. Despite calling for Syrian troops to leave, he signalled that Hizbollah is a patriotic nationalist movement, and that they are the only group capable of liberating the disputed* Sha’ba Farms area. He also said he wont support […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Car bomb injures six in Beirut on Saturday – no deaths

March 27th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

A massive car bomb has exploded in Beirut injuring six people in the north-eastern industrial suburb of Dekweneh. Earlier there were unconfirmed reports that two Indian nationals had died – they were in fact just wounded. The confusion over the numbers of dead and injured, and the chaos at the scene confirms the incompetance of […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Lebanon accepts international inquiry

March 25th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

In the last few minutes Lebanese Foreign Minister Mahmoud Hammoud has said Lebanon will co-operate with an international inquiry into the murder of Rafiq Hariri. And President Emile Lahoud has told Kofi Annan to do ‘whatever is necessary’ to uncover the truth. The UN published it’s report into Hariri’s death yesterday and lambasted the Lebanese […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Fight at the AUB

March 25th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

(corrected: apologies for the earlier error – the fight was at the Arab University of Beirut not the American University of Beirut) Three students have been taken to hospital after sustaining stab wounds during a fight at the Arab University in Beirut. 100 soldiers and police intervened to break up the disturbance. Many of its […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Denials

March 24th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s Christian Patrirach Nasrallah Sfeir and Jordan’s King Abdullah have both been speaking in America. Sfeir said Hizbollah should be disarmed by force. King Abdullah went even further: Syria and Hizbollah are the biggest threats to the Middle East. But now both men have vehimently denied saying those words! King Abdullah’s furious attack – he […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Three dead near Beirut

March 23rd, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Three people have been killed in an explosion in Jouneih in the last few minutes. No details about the cause of the blast in the city a few kilometres north of Beirut. During the civil war, Jouneih was the playground of Lebanon’s bourgeois escaping the fighting of Beirut. It’s the third act of violence in […]

[Read more →]

Tags:

Opposition confusion

March 22nd, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A Lebanese opposition leader, Christian Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir (below), has called for a coalition government to be formed – split evenly between the opposition and loyalists. In a visit to the US he called for the international community not to interfere in Lebanon. But he has changed his stance on Hizbollah – he now wants […]

[Read more →]

Tags: