European Union bans Syrian flights from its airports

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (BNO NEWS) -- Passenger and cargo flights operated by Syrian airlines will no longer be allowed to land at airports in the European Union (EU) under new sanctions adopted Monday to further increase pressure on the regime of [...]

Pro-government cameraman shot dead in eastern Syria

DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- A cameraman working for pro-government television station al-Ikhbariya was shot dead in a city in eastern Syria on Wednesday while covering the ongoing civil war, making him the 25th journalist to be killed in [...]

Military helicopter crashes near Damascus after clipping airliner

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- A Syrian military helicopter crashed near the capital Damascus on Thursday after it clipped the tail of a large passenger plane, the country's information ministry said. The aircraft was able to land safely and [...]

UN envoy says destruction in Syria is reaching ‘catastrophic proportions’

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- The new Joint Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) and the Arab League on the Syrian crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Tuesday said the death toll as a result of the ongoing civil war is "staggering" and the destruction [...]

Syrian gov’t and opposition forces committing war crimes – UN

GENEVA (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations (UN) on Wednesday reported that both the Syrian Government and opposition forces have perpetrated war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout the ongoing conflict. According to a new report by the [...]

Two Syrian journalists killed near Damascus as TV crew goes missing

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- Two Syrian journalists were killed near the capital Damascus Saturday while covering the ongoing civil war, state-run media and an Arab satellite television station reported on Sunday. A crew of a pro-government [...]

Kofi Annan to quit as UN-Arab League special envoy for Syria

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Annan on Thursday informed the United Nations (UN) and the Arab League that he will resign as their special envoy for the Syrian crisis at the end of this month, saying he is powerless to compel [...]

UN says violence in Syria is affecting up to 2 million civilians

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged an end to the ongoing violence in Syria, where as many as two million people are now affected by the civil war. At the UN headquarters in New York, Ban [...]

Syria says it will not use chemical or biological weapons to crush uprising

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BNO NEWS) -- The Syrian government said Monday it will not use chemical or biological weapons to crush a 16-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, the first time it acknowledged possessing such weapons, but warned [...]

UN Security Council extends mandate of UN observers in Syria by 30 days

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) on Friday renewed the mandate of the UN monitoring mission in Syria for an additional period of 30 days, just a day after Russia and China vetoed another resolution which [...]