Damascus (Arabic:دمشقDimashq IPA:[ˈdiːmaːʃq]) is the capital and the second-largest city of Syria after Aleppo. It is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic:الشامash-Shām) and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine (Arabic:مدينة الياسمينMadīnat al-Yāsmīn). In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009.
Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004). Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230ft) above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate because of the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.
First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.
There were no immediate reports of casualties ... 'The end of an era' ... Police officers clash with Palestinian as they force Palestinians out of DamascusGate area before the far right flag march on June 15, 2021 in Jerusalem, Israel ... 1233472073. With music blaring, hundreds of Jewish nationalists gathered and moved in front of Damascus Gate ... .
With music blaring, hundreds of Jewish nationalists gathered and moved in front of DamascusGate... Ahead of time, Israeli police cleared the area in front of Damascus Gate, closed roads, and sent away Palestinian protesters. Police said officers arrested 17 people suspected of involvement in violence, some of whom threw rocks and attacked police ... .
The police will operate in the DamascusGate area in occupied East Jerusalem, and plainclothes officers will be tasked with preventing violence, according to Israel's Maariv daily ... The flag march is to commence at 5.30 pm, while an hour later participants will dance at Damascus Gate along with their Israeli flags, Arabi21 said ... ....
DAMASCUS (Press TV) – The Syrian military prosecutor’s office has released new evidence showing U.S ... The office published images of joint patrols by militants and American forces in Syria’s southeastern al-Tanf region, al-Mayadeen TV channel reported on Saturday.
The narrow vote by the 120-member Knesset, or parliament, ushered in a ruling coalition that was cobbled together from wildly disparate political parties with little in common beyond a shared desire to expel Netanyahu from the office he had held for the last 12 years.
A lot can still go wrong before the Bennett-Lapid government is sworn into office in the coming week ... One potential clash waiting to happen is on Thursday when a number of right-wing religious groups announced they plan to hold a flag March through the Old City of Jerusalem, including through DamascusGate.
Parliament Speaker Hammouda Sabbagh announces the results of the Syrian presidential election at the Syrian parliament building in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021 ... Supporters of Syria's PresidentBashar al-Assad celebrate after the results of the presidential election announced that he won a fourth term in office, in Damascus, Syria, May 27, 2021.