Syria reports new Israeli airstrikes following explosion on Israeli ship in the Gulf

Israel's public broadcaster Kan reported that the missile strikes near Damascus were in response to the explosion aboard an Israeli ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Mar 1, 2021
al-monitor This picture taken Feb. 28, 2021, shows a view of the Israeli-owned, Bahamian-flagged MV Helios Ray cargo ship docked in Dubai's Mina Rashid (Port Rashid) cruise terminal. The MV Helios Ray, a vehicle carrier, was traveling from the Saudi port of Dammam to Singapore when a blast occurred on Feb. 25, according to the London-based Dryad Global maritime security group. Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images.

The Israel-Russia-Syria deal: Cost, beneficiaries and future deals

As Israel and Syria conclude a deal on the return of an Israeli woman from Syria, questions arise regarding the cost and what the future of such transactions with Russian mediation should be.

Micky Aharonson | Russia in Syria | Mar 1, 2021

Is Russia extorting SDF in northeast Syria?

Russia is trying to extort the Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria by threatening to retreat from its locations and leave the SDF at the mercy of the threats of the Turkish army and its allies, if the SDF does not respond to Russia’s demands and interests.

Khaled al-Khateb | | Mar 1, 2021

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham intensifies campaign against al-Qaeda affiliate in Idlib

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham presses on with its campaign to weaken Hurras al-Din.

Khaled al-Khateb | Idlib | Mar 1, 2021

Syrian opposition gears up for coronavirus vaccine drive

The Syrian opposition's self-styled interim government is seeking to bring the coronavirus vaccine to a specific category of the population of northwestern Syria.

Mohammed Hardan | Coronavirus | Feb 28, 2021