Scrolling news:

Palestine: Death toll in Gaza hits 1,088 as Israel resumes bombardment

Palestine: 32 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes Tues morning; government buildings targeted

Palestine: Nineteen civilians killed as Israel continues to strike homes in Gaza

Israel: Israelis Chant: “There’s no school tomorrow, there’s no children left in Gaza! Oleh!”

Palestine: Hebron in W Bank clashes continue, 3 injured by live fire

Palestine: Palestinian killed by Israeli shell in Khan Younis

Palestine: Israel assault on Gaza, kills 15 more people, rising death toll to 1046

Palestine: Gaza casualty toll on the rise, Israeli strikes continue on day 20

Palestine: Eight Palestinians killed, dozens wounded Sunday

Eid moon sighting possiblities, Muslims in South Africa have declared Eid

Pakistan: More rain with thunder, lightening forecast in next 24 hours in Rawalpindi

Libya: US embassy evacuated after heavy violence

Palestine: List of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces between July 8 to July 27

Palestine: Two Palestinians beaten by Jewish mob in Jerusalem

Palestine: Reports show murder of 3 Israeli teenage settlers was not carried out by Hamas

Palestine: Remains of 85 Palestinians located under rubble of bombarded homes

Palestine: Ten Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in West Bank

Palestine: At least 15 kidnapped by Israeli forces from West Bank

Palestine: Palestinians pull over 140 bodies from under Gaza rubble, total killed 1000

Lebanon: Nasrallah: Israel on a path towards “suicide” in Gaza

Syria: Russian embassy shelled as Syria discloses chemical arsenal

23rd Sep 2013

Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2013 shows the Russian embassy to Syria in Damascus, capital of Syria. A mortar shell slammed the Russian embassy in Syria’s capital Damascus on Sunday. (Xinhua/Zhang NaiJie)


BEIJING, (Xinhua): Three diplomats were injured in a mortar shell targeting the Russian embassy in Damascus on Sunday as Syria promptly handed over a preliminary report of its chemical weapons in fulfillment of its commitment made earlier.

In the mortar attack, one shell was fired by militants in the hotspot district of Brazeh onto the Russian embassy compound.

Brazeh has been a scene of fierce clashes raging on for days between the rebels and the Syrian government army.

“Three members of the embassy’s staff received wounds not threatening their lives,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement released in Moscow.

An investigation is underway and additional steps are being taken with the help of the Syrian side to tighten security of the Russian diplomatic mission, it noted.

The Russian embassy in Damascus has been targeted several times by the opposition militants who are trying to overthrow Assad’s government.

Roughly one hour before the attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Moscow that his country was ready to send military observers to safeguard the experts and process of the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

He said Russia doesn’t intend to send a full military contingent, adding it has proposed an international presence on all spots where experts will work in Syria.

In The Hague, the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Syria handed over a preliminary report of its chemical weapons on Saturday.

The OPCW, a watchdog that polices the Chemical Weapon Convention banning the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, has developed a global network with several prominent laboratories since its founding in 1997.

Syria is officially to become an OPCW member on Oct. 14. The organization, supervising the destruction of Assad’s chemical arsenal, said the report has been reviewed by its verification teams, without giving further details.

Syria staved off a limited airstrike of the U.S. by committing itself to disclosing and destroying its chemical weapons, with the help of an agreement brokered by the United States and Russia in Geneva last week, which sets a timetable for the Assad government to make public its chemical weapons arsenal by Saturday.

But U.S. President Barack Obama, who blamed the Syrian government for using chemical weapons, said a military option is still on the table should Assad play stalling tactics.

In the latest interview with Fox News of the United States, Assad stressed commitment to the chemical weapon treaty, saying that it would cost 1 billion U.S. dollars and take roughly one year to destroy his country’s chemical weapon stockpiles.

Damascus has rejected Washington’s accusation that the government troops gassed civilians with nerve agents during an attack on Aug. 21 near Damascus. Pointing finger at the rebels, the Syrian government said it has evidence that could incriminate them.


Editor: Yang Yi

Leave a Comment

What is 6 + 14 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview 29 May 2013 and aired on 12 June 2013

Latest Tweets

The Muslim News


Awards for Excellence

Read more