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12-04-2013

The Syrian President has issued a decree establishing a faculty of medicine in the coastal city of Tartous.

25-03-2013

The Syrian Government is establishing a new university faculty in the city of Suweida, one of fifteen new faculties established in the last two years.

11-03-2013

The number of Syrian refugees crossed the 1 million mark last week as the United Nations warned of a humanitarian situation that is “dramatic beyond description.”

18-02-2013

Rental prices are increasing in central parts of Damascus but decreasing in some other parts of the country as people relocate to escape violence.

24-01-2013

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, has issued an alarming statement on the state of the Syrian agricultural sector and on its impact on both the levels of food supply and the livelihood of large segments of the Syrian population.

21-01-2013

On January 16, the Syrian President appointed new governors for two of the most contested provinces in the country.

24-12-2012

The Syrian government is establishing a new university faculty in the town of Salamieh, located in central Syria.

22-10-2012

Syria will hold by-elections on December 1 to fill five seats in Parliament to replace, among others, two defecting MPs.

17-09-2012

Almost half of illegal housing areas across Syria are located in the Damascus countryside, according to a state body.

17-09-2012

Syria produced 1 million tons of flour in the first six months of this year, according to the General Company for Mills.

02-09-2012

This document is an English language transcript of the interview given by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to Ad-Dunia, a Damascus based TV station on August 29. The translation is from the Syrian News Agency.

13-08-2012

The Syrian President issued today a decree establishing two new university faculties among a dozen or so that has been created in rural areas of Syria in the last eighteen months.

13-08-2012

The United Nations has said that the number of Syrian refugees registered in four neighbouring countries had reached some 146,000 including 6,000 that entered Turkey in the last week as violence surged in Aleppo.

16-07-2012

The Syrian President has appointed seven new governors and a new head for the State Planning and International Cooperation Commission.

09-07-2012

Two new faculties have been established at the Aleppo and Baath Universities.

18-06-2012

The increasingly deteriorating security situation across Syria, in particular in the northern part of the country, around the cities of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama, has rendered almost impossible the distribution of barley, forcing the authorities to turn to imports.

11-06-2012

Syria’s production of olive for the 2011/2012 season is forecast at 900 thousand tons by the Ministry of Agriculture.

21-05-2012

The table below lists the full list of the members of parliament elected during the legislative elections that took place on May 7, 2012.

Each governorate is a single constituency except for the Aleppo governorate that is divided into two constituencies, one for the city itself and one for all its rural surrounding areas.

30-04-2012

The number of refugees that have fled Syria to neighbouring countries has now reached 65,070 according to the United Nations refugee agency although the actual number probably dwarfs that figure.

23-04-2012

The Central Bank of Syria has licensed a foreign exchange bureau established by the Tellawi family.

10-04-2012

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said on Saturday that it would send some USD 70 million in humanitarian aid to help Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict in the country.

26-03-2012

A few days before a March 28 deadline, some 1,790 persons are reported to have submitted a bid to become candidates for the next parliamentary election that is expected to be widely boycotted by the opposition.

01-03-2012

Syria’s winter season has been rainy and cold with rainfalls already above annual averages in many parts of the country.

23-02-2012

Updated February 23: The number of vehicles on Syrian roads rose 7.88 percent to 2.21 million last year, according to the Ministry of Transport.

20-02-2012

Bank of Syria and Overseas became this week the first Syrian commercial bank to report a robbery of one of its branches since the beginning of the unrest gripping Syria last year, highlighting the growing insecurity in several parts of the country.

13-02-2012

The Ministry of Education has announced the dates for the high school end-of-year exams as students in many areas of the country continue to have difficulties to access their schools because of the unrest.

23-01-2012

The Syrian Government has announced the formal launch of a scheme to build 50,000 low cost housing units across the country in a bid to supply affordable housing for the population.

18-01-2012

League of Arab States Observer Mission to Syria
Report of the Head of the League of Arab States Observer Mission to Syria for the period from 24 December 2011 to 18 January 2012

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
“We offered the trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, but they refused to carry it, and were afraid of it; and man carried it. Surely he is sinful, very foolish” [Qur’an 33:72]

I . Legal bases

15-01-2012

More than half of all electricity produced in Syria is consumed by households, according to a recent study by the Ministry of Electricity.

09-01-2012

Taxes and fees collected in Damascus by the Ministry of Finance rose 11 percent in the first eleven months of last year, according to Al-Watan, a local daily.

02-01-2012

Deteriorating political relations between Syria and Turkey are having an increasingly negative impact on Turkish companies doing business in Syria.

26-12-2011

Syria’s Cotton Marketing Organisation has bought a total of 638,000 tons of seed cotton from this year’s crop, according to its Director General, Nazir Lababidi.

12-12-2011

Business activity remained apparently normal in central parts of Damascus and Aleppo on Sunday, although other parts of the country appeared to be complying with calls for a general strike by the Syrian opposition.

24-11-2011

Syria’s olive oil production in the 2010/2011 crop is estimated at 180,000 tons, while exports are forecast at 25,000 tons, according to the International Olive Oil Council.

21-11-2011

Updated November 21: Syria has awarded a EUR 19 million contract to France’s Alstom to build ten power transformers across the country, according to Al-Thawra, a local daily.

23-10-2011

The Syrian President has named two new governors, Yasser Al-Shoufi and Hussein Makhlouf, for the Governorates of Idlib and Rural Damascus, according to SANA.

16-10-2011

Syria’s pistachio crop is expected to reach 63,000 tons, according to Hassan Ibrahim, head of the Pistachio bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture.

09-10-2011

Manufacturing and trade of dairy products (pasteurized milk, cheese, butter, animal Ghee)

05-09-2011

In response to the Syrian government's ongoing use of force against the country's civilian population, the European Union officially implemented an oil embargo against Syrian crude on Saturday - dealing a serious blow to the Syrian economy. The last three days also saw a troubling rise in violence with over 45 people killed amid security crackdowns across the country.

29-08-2011

The end of the holy month of Ramadan is approaching and the stalemate between the government and the opposition carries on with both sides holding fast to their respective positions.

28-08-2011

Syria’s jobless population reached 468,009 in 2010, or an unemployment rate of 8.9 percent out of a total labour force of 5.11 million, according to a survey by the Syrian government.

15-08-2011

Over the course of the last eight days, the international community has grown markedly united in its condemnation of the Syrian government's use of force to quell the country's deepening revolutionary movement.

08-08-2011

The first week of Ramadan proved to be a violent one, as over the course of the last seven days, more than 250 civilians were reportedly killed in military crackdowns across the country.

01-08-2011

The momentum of the Syrian uprising continues to grow as protestors on Friday July 29 again exceeded 1 million across the country. The death toll from the day remains unclear, with most estimates suggesting some 23 were killed. The start of the week ushered in a new political parties law as well as a draft law on elections. Nevertheless, tensions are mounting as Monday August 1 brings the start of Ramadan, during which daily mass protests are expected.

25-07-2011

An estimated 1.2 million protestors took to the streets across Syria on Friday July 22 - the largest turnout ever since the unrest began on March 15. Earlier in the week in a significant diplomatic blow, the Embassy of Qatar in Damascus closed and its Ambassador abandoned his post. Meanwhile, the heavy crackdown against the opposition in Homs continued throughout the week.

18-07-2011

The inconclusive finish of the staging meetings of the government-led national dialogue, followed by attacks against the US and French embassies in Damascus on July 11, kicked off another tumultuous week in Syria.

11-07-2011

Hundreds of thousands of protestors again took to the streets of Hama on Friday July 8, with some suggesting that the city's demonstrators numbered nearly half a million.

21-06-2011

The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad at Damascus University on June 20, 2011. 

20-06-2011

After-prayers protests on Friday June 17 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 24 as pressure on the Syrian government from the US and the European Union continues to increase.