DAMASCUS, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The new head of the main exiled opposition group, Syrian National Coalition (SNC), offered Sunday a truce in the Syrian central province of Homs during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the pan-Arab al-Mayadeen TV said.
While reaching out for a truce, Ahmad Jarba, who was elected as the president of the SNC following a run-off vote held in Istanbul on Saturday, was also cited as expecting that "advanced weapons" are due to reach the armed opposition groups from Saudi Arabia soon.
Jarba, a tribal figure from the eastern Hasaka province, is seen as having close connection with Saudi Arabia. He defeated another strong candidate, businessman Mustafa Sabbagh who is supported by Qatar, another key backer of the armed insurgency in Syria.
However, the opposition's truce calls seem difficult to be put into practice as many rebel groups active on ground don't follow a chain of command due to lack of a central leadership, also as the truce was put forwarded when the Syrian administration of President Bashar al-Assad is currently making sweeping victories in several areas, mainly in Homs.
The Syrian conflict is ongoing between forces loyal to the Syrian government and those seeking to oust it. The conflict began on March 15, 2011 and has killed more than 90,000 people.
GENEVA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) revised on Wednesday its emergency appeal for Syria in support of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) response to the crisis due to worsening situation and growing needs.
The appeal has been increased from 39 million Swiss francs (about 40 million U.S. dollars) to approximately 53.6 million Swiss francs. Full story
DAMASCUS, July 6 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian troops continued its advancement on many fronts across the conflict-stricken country on Saturday as the exiled opposition elected a new head after days of deliberation.
The Syrian army has restored security and stability to the industrial zone of al-Qaboun on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, according to state-run SANA news agency. Full story
DAMASCUS, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The postponement of the Geneva conference on the Syrian crisis has prompted various speculations, most of which consider it not only benefits the Syrian administration, but also serves Western powers that backed the Syrian opposition.
While stressing that Washington and Moscow "are both serious, more than serious and committed" about holding the Geneva conference on Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that there were still differences with the Kremlin over the conference and suggested that it might not be held before September. Full story