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 22:18 Rebels shot down two helicopters that had been shelling the Damascus neighborhoods of Tadamon and Al-Hajjar al-Aswad, Al-Jazeera television reported.


 21:42 A number of anti-regime protests broke out in Latakia, Al-Arabiya television reported.


 21:32 Nearly 100 people were
killed on Wednesday in violence across Syria, including 16 in Damascus, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


 21:15 The UN and Arab League peace envoy on Syria Kofi Annan has
urged UN Security Council members to take "strong and concerted action" to end the violence in Syria, a statement said Wednesday.


 20:56 Heavy clashes and explosions took place in Jabata in Qunaitra, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying. 


 20:56 The Syrian regime has started distributing chemical weapons, Al-Jazeera television quoted defected colonel Abdel Hamid Zachariah as saying.


 20:54 Al-Arabiya television is broadcasting live footage of anti-regime protests in Qamishli and Hama.


 20:51 Three people were killed and dozens wounded during the Syrian forces’ shelling of Rastan, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.


 20:46 Syrian security forces’ shelling of Damascus’ neighborhood of Al-Hajjar al-Aswad killed 10 people on Wednesday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.


 20:34 Syrian security forces’ gunfire killed four people and injured others in Damascus’ Al-Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp, Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.


 20:27 A Syrian Republican Guard brigade opens fire in the Dumar neighborhood close to the Presidential Palace in Damascus, Al-Arabiya television reported.


 20:20 Wednesday’s death toll in Syria has risen to 92 people, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 20:20 A number of soldiers defected from the Syrian army in Al-Qadam neighborhood in Damascus, Al-Jazeera television reported.


 20:19 Russian leader Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama were unable to
resolve their differences on Syria in a phone talk Wednesday following a Damascus bomb attack, the Kremlin said.


 20:18 A heavy explosion rocked the Dumar neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Jazeera television reported.


 20:17 Syrian activist Amar al-Qorba said on Wednesday that the Syrian presidential jet left Damascus Airport for Latakia, Al-Arabiya reported.


 20:09 A heavy explosion rocked Damascus. (
S.N.N)


 20:07 Syrian forces raided the Midan neighborhood in Damascus, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committee as saying.


 19:58 Syrian forces shelled the town of Houla outside Homs, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 19:46 The European Union needs to
prepare for a humanitarian crisis in Syria with the potential for displacing huge numbers of people, Cyprus, which holds the EU's rotating presidency, said Wednesday.


 19:41 Clashes broke out in Aleppo’s Al-Zaraa after 30 military personnel defected from the Syrian army, Al-Jazeera television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.   


 19:39
Al-Jazeera broadcast live footage of an anti-regime protest in Artouz near Damascus.


 19:38 Syrian army troops defected in Maarat an-Naaman and Jabal al-Zawiya.


 19:37
Clashes broke out between Syrian regime forces and rebels in Zamlaka near Damascus, Al-Jazeera television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 19:32 Thirty soldiers defected in Aleppo’s town of Al-Bab, Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.


 19:29 Syrian forces shelled the Damascus suburbs of Harasta and Moadmiya, Al-Arabiya television reported. 


 19:25 The UN Security Council
postponed a vote Wednesday on a Western-drafted resolution calling for sanctions against Syria following a request from international envoy Kofi Annan, diplomats said.


 19:08 The White House
said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was "losing control" of his country following a suicide bombing in Damascus that killed three top security chiefs.


 19:06 Wednesday’s death toll in Syria has risen to 77 people, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 19:02 Syrian forces shelled the Al-Qadam neighborhood in Damascus, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 19:01
Syrian regime forces shelled Damascus’ Al-Zahara neighborhood and raided the city Al-Shaghour area, Al-Jazeera television reported. 


 19:00 Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
condemned a suicide bombing which killed three Syrian security chiefs on Wednesday, in a telephone call with his counterpart in Damascus.


 18:57 Syrian forces shelled the Damascus neighborhood of Mezzeh, Al-Jazeera television quoted activists as saying.


 18:55 Syrian forces surrounded the Sayyida Zaynab neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya television reported.


 18:53 Arab foreign ministers were to
hold an emergency meeting on Sunday on the crisis in Syria, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said, after a Damascus bombing on Wednesday killed top security officials.


 18:46
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to narrow the differences between Ankara and Moscow on the Syria conflict amid surging violence.


 18:45 The Syrian army shelled Damascus’ Al-Midan neighborhood, Al-Jazeera television reported.


 18:39 Helicopters shelled Damascus’ Kfar Soussa, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.


 18:36 Syrian forces shelled Al-Fateh Hospital in Kafar Batna near Damascus, Al-Arabiya television reported.


 18:32 Syrian forces shelled the Jawbar neighborhood in Damascus, wounding a number of people, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying. 


 18:18 The Syrian army shelled the Nahr Aisha and Al-Hajjar al-Aswad neighborhoods in Damascus, Al-Jazeera television reported.  


 18:14 UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan
asked the UN Security Council to delay a vote scheduled for Wednesday on a Western-drafted resolution calling for sanctions against Syria, British diplomats said.


 18:10 Syrian forces shelled the Al-Hajjar al-Aswad neighborhood of Damascus, A-Jazeera television reported.  


 18:04
With President Bashar al-Assad's regime reeling from a bomb attack that killed three top commanders, the United States turned the screw government further Wednesday with sanctions against dozens of ministers.


 18:01 Al-Jazeera television reported on Wednesday that helicopters opened fire on people in Damascus’ Jawbar neighborhood.


 17:58 Sixty Syrian military personnel defected from the regime in Homs’ Deir Baalba, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Local Coordination Committees as saying.


 17:37 Al-Arabiya television is broadcasting live footage of the deployment of the Free Syrian Army in the Al-Qadam neighborhood of Damascus.


 17:46 Al-Arabiya television is broadcasting live footage of clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebels in Al-Hajjar al-Aswad neighborhood in Damascus. 


 17:40 Russia on Wednesday
demanded the arrest and strict punishment of those behind a Damascus "act of terror" that killed three top Syrian security officials in a suicide bombing.


 17:37 Al-Arabiya broadcasts live footage of deployment of Free Syrian Army members in Damascus’ neighborhood of Al-Qadam.


 17:28 A UN Security Council vote scheduled for Wednesday on a western-drafted resolution calling for sanctions against Syria will probably be
pushed back by at least one day, diplomats said.


 17:27 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting  live footage of anti-regime protests in Edleb.


 17:23 A “celebratory” anti-regime protest started in the city of Tadef near Aleppo following the death of top Syrian officials earlier in the day. (
S.N.N.)


 17:22 US Vice President Joe Biden's national security adviser
discussed the Syrian crisis and the threat of unrest spilling into nearby countries with Iraqi leaders on Wednesday, he told journalists.


 17:11 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting images showing a “celebratory” anti-regime demonstration in Daraya in the Damascus district.


 17:09
Syrian security forces killed 57 people on Wednesday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.


 17:02 Regime militants stabbed to death a number of people in the Al-Aassali and Al-Qadam neighborhoods of Damascus, Al-Jazeera  quoted activists as saying.


 16:54 Shabiha groups attacked the Al-Qadam and Al-Aasali neighborhoods of Damascus, Al-Arabiya television reported.  


 16:50 Dozens of Syrian special forces troops defected in the Damascus neighborhood of Al-Qaboun, Al-Arabiya television reported.


 16:40 Heavy gunfire was heard in Baghdad Street in central Damascus, SNN reported.


 16:36 Syrian regime soldiers belonging to the Third Armed Division defected in Damascus, Al-Arabiya reported.


 16:36 Syrian regime forces withdraw from areas around Maaret an-Naaman,  a town outside Edleb, Al-Arabiya reported.


 16:33 Syria's rebel Free Syrian Army
claimed responsibility for a deadly Damascus attack on Wednesday that killed two top regime figures, the defense minister and the president's brother-in-law.


 16:33 US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
made an urgent call Wednesday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down amid an escalation of violence "rapidly spinning out of control."


 16:31 Al-Arabiya is broadcasting footage of rebel Free Syrian Army troops deploying in Al-Sabina area of Damascus.


 16:27 French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Wednesday that a suicide
bombing that killed two top Syrian security officials showed the urgent need for a political transition in the country.


 16:24 Syrian colonel Hafez Makhlouf, Bashar al-Assad’s cousin, was reportedly killed Wednesday in the Damascus explosion, Al-Arabiya television reported. 


 16:17 Syrian state TV is broadcasting live footage of clashes in the Al-Midan neighborhood in Damascus.


 16:15 Syrian state television
confirmed that General Hassan Turkmani, head of the regime's crisis cell, was among those killed in a bomb attack on National Security headquarters in Damascus on Wednesday.


 16:05 More than 100 Syrian regime soldiers defected in Homs, Al-Jazeera reported.


 16:03
General Zaki Lula defected Wednesday from the Syrian army, Al-Jazeera television reported. 


 15:56 German Chancellor Angela Merkel
said the suicide attack in Damascus on Wednesday, that reportedly claimed the lives of top officials, underlined the "urgent" need for a new UN resolution on Syria.


 15:52
Russia on Wednesday said a decisive battle was in progress in Syria and rejected a Western-backed UN resolution on the crisis as it would mean taking sides with a revolutionary movement.


 15:47 A Syrian army commander in Damascus, Mohammad al-Bardan, defected along with the soldiers under his command, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.


 15:31 British Foreign Secretary William Hague
said a suicide bombing that killed two top Syrian security officials on Wednesday showed the need for a UN resolution to end the crisis.


 15:24 Syrian regime forces withdrew Wednesday from the Al-Midan neighborhood of Damascus, Al-Arabiya television quoted the Free Syrian Army as saying.


 15:17 Fahed Jassem al-Freige was appointed as a defense minister after death of Dawoud Rajiha in an explosion in Damascus, Syrian state TV reported.


 15:09 Explosions hit the headquarters of the 4th battalion of the Syrian regime forces in Damascus, Al-Jazeera reported.


 14:59 Syria will “continue fighting terrorism” after officials killed in a Damascus blast, AFP reported state TV as saying Wednesday.


 14:49 France on Wednesday
denounced Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's struggle to stay in power as futile and raised concerns about mounting violence in the conflict-torn country.


 14:45 A number of Palestinian refugees living in Damascus have
joined the uprising in Syria, according to activists and rebels, with some taking up arms alongside rebel Free Syrian Army fighters.


 14:41 Syria is tipping into chaos and collapse, and a strong UN Security Council stand is needed to push for the creation of a transition government, British Foreign Secretary William Hague
said Wednesday.


 14:33 Heavy clashes took place in Damascus neighborhoods, Al-Arabiya reported on Wednesday.


 14:27 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law was
killed in a suicide bombing in Damascus on Wednesday that targeted National Security headquarters, state television said.


 14:14 Syrian state TV on Wednesday
denied that Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar was killed in the deadly explosion that rocked the heavily guarded National Security headquarters in Damascus.


 14:11 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that a “decisive battle” was taking place in Syria, AFP reported.


 14:09 A personal bodyguard of the “crisis team” detonated the explosive device in Damascus on Wednesday, an opposition spokesperson said.


 13:55 Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim al-Shaar was killed in the explosion that targeted the National Security building in Damascus.


 13:52 The rebel Free Syrian Army head has echoed fears that President Bashar al-Assad might resort to using chemical weapons to try to rescue his embattled regime, Al-Bayan newspaper
reported on Wednesday.


 13:43 Syrian Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat was seriously injured in a Damascus explosion, Al-Manar television reported Wednesday.


 13:26 Syrian Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha was
killed in a Damascus explosion, Syrian state TV said Wednesday.


 13:12 Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad as-Shaar and Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha are likely among the wounded in the explosion that hit the National Security building in Damascus, Al-Manar television reported.


 13:06 The suicide attack that hit a Damascus security building targeted ministers and security officials, AFP reported Syrian state TV as saying Wednesday.


 12:32 The death toll in Syria rose to 30 people on Wednesday, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.


 12:31 A Russian ship that tried to supply attack helicopters to Syria last month before being forced back will
dock in Saint Petersburg in coming days, its owners said on Wednesday.


 12:16 Four people were killed and 15 injured in the shelling of Daael in Daraa, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying on Wednesday.


 12:11 Syrian TV said on Wednesday that a suicide bomber
targeted a Damascus security building, AFP reported.


 12:03 Six-hundred refugees arrived in Turkey on Wednesday, including two defecting army generals, Al-Arabiya quoted an unnamed Turkish official as saying.


 11:41 UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday
urged the Security Council to act to stop the bloodshed in Syria, after holding talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing hours ahead of a vote on fresh sanctions.


 11:38 Russian President Vladimir Putin was due Wednesday to
meet Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss differences on Syria as UN Security Council prepared to vote on the conflict.


 11:15 Columns of black smoke rose over the Syrian capital on Wednesday after the city was hit by another night of
clashes between rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, an activist group said.


 10:54 Two Syrian brigadier generals
crossed into Turkey overnight, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told AFP Wednesday.


 10:10 Thirteen people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, mostly in Homs and Daraa, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.


 8:59
MORNING LEADER: Rebels declared the battle to "liberate" Damascus has begun as heavy fighting raged across the city on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Russia said an agreement is possible for a UN resolution on the crisis and peace envoy Kofi Annan said the 16-month crisis, increasingly described as a civil war, was at a "critical time."


 8:10 A leading Syrian opposition group
warned Tuesday it will look for "alternative" ways to confront President Bashar al-Assad if the UN Security Council does not pass a resolution threatening sanctions.


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