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.
Syrian regime officers have allegedly blackmailed the families of recently ... “The officers threatened that the release of came without closing their security cases, and that they are still subject to arrest later," the Damascus-focused news outlet quoted local sources as saying.
However, the office of the Internal SecurityMinisterOmer Barlev said this year's march would take place on 29 May along its “customary route” through DamascusGate... Barlev’s office said the decision was made after consultations with the police.
Nearly 80 percent of the camp’s residents are women and children, living in squalid conditions ... “There’s literally nothing in the camp. There are no professional doctors ... The US continues to rely on the United Nations office in Damascus to support Rukban despite its own presence at al-Tanf base ... Health situation deteriorates ... Boiling point ... .
The office of Internal SecurityMinisterOmer Barlev said the march would take place on May 29 along its “customary route” through DamascusGate, the AP reported ... However, Barlev’s office said the decision was made after consultations with police. As in years past, the route will pass through Damascus Gate, down Hagay Street and to the Kosel.
Israeli police officers in the ... Earlier this week, a Palestinian man charged border police officers with two knives outside DamascusGate, stabbing one in the neck before being shot and evacuated to a hospital for medical treatment.
The attempted terrorist attack comes just days after a stabbing attack injured a Border Police officer at the DamascusGate of the Old City and an attempted terrorist attack in Tekoa was thwarted by a resident who shot a Palestinian armed with a knife who was trying to jump over the fence of his home.
... punched by police officers, and all the other torture I suffered ... In recent years the same principle has been used in German courts to convict former Syrian intelligence officers of crimes against humanity for the murder and torture of detainees in a Damascus detention facility.
Separately on Sunday, another Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli soldiers at Bab al-Amoud, also known as DamascusGate, one of the main ...Israeli forces claimed that a “suspect armed with a knife stabbed an officer” outside the Damascus Gate, who was then taken to hospital.