Putin says democracy solution to Syria crisis

Updated 23 December 2012
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Putin says democracy solution to Syria crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with European leaders in Brussels to discuss energy, Syria and human rights, but reached no agreements — as officials on both sides had predicted in advance.
Putin said after yesterday’s meeting that Russia isn’t a defender of Syrian President Bashar Assad and wants to see a democratically elected government. But he maintained his stance that peace can only be achieved through an agreement that would ensure the protection of various groups in Syria.
Meanwhile, NATO’s top official said yesterday that the Syrian military has continued to fire Scud-type missiles, describing the move as “an act of desperation of a regime nearing its end.”
Although none of the Syrian rockets hit Turkish territory, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmusen said the use of the medium-range ballistic rockets showed that NATO was justified in deploying six batteries of Patriot anti-missile systems in neighboring Turkey.
“I can confirm that we have detected the launch of Scud-type missiles; we strongly regret that act,” Rasmusen told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
In Damascus, Palestinian refugees streamed back into their Yarmuk camp after a reported deal to keep it out of the conflict, following fierce clashes earlier this week.
“We returned because we have had enough of being humiliated,” one refugee said. “We lost our land (Palestine) but we don’t want to lose our homes and live in tents like our parents.”


Syrian Observatory: Daesh fighters leaving last Damascus enclave

Updated 20 May 2018
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Syrian Observatory: Daesh fighters leaving last Damascus enclave

BEIRUT: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a group of Daesh fighters had been evacuated from the last insurgent enclave near Damascus on Sunday in a withdrawal that will restore state control over the area.
On Saturday, a Syrian military source denied that any agreement had been reached between the Syrian army and the Daesh militants who have been holed up in the enclave centered around the Yarmouk Camp south of the capital.
Syrian state media made no mention of a withdrawal by Daesh fighters on Sunday.