Timeline Syria (C) 2021-Present

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2021        Jan 2, Syria lambasted the US government for sanctions it has imposed on Damascus, following a UN special rapporteur's statement that called on Washington to remove unilateral sanctions against the war-torn country.
    (AP, 1/2/21)

2021        Jan 3, In central Syria militants ambushed buses traveling down a highway late today, killing nine people, including a 13-year-old girl.
    (AP, 1/3/21)

2021        Jan 5, Syria and close ally Russia clashed with the US and other nations over a Western initiative to suspend Syrias voting rights in the global chemical weapons watchdog for failing to provide details of three chemical attacks in 2017 that investigators blamed on President Bashar Assads government.
    (AP, 1/5/21)

2021        Jan 10, Syrias petroleum ministry blamed US sanctions for forcing it to cut by up to 24% its distribution of fuel and diesel because of delays in arrival of needed supplies.
    (AP, 1/10/21)

2021        Jan 13, Israeli warplanes carried out intense airstrikes in eastern Syria early today, apparently targeting positions and arms depots of Iran-backed forces as the region is on high alert. At least 57 fighters were killed and dozens were wounded, according to a Syrian opposition war monitoring group.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

2021        Jan 15, Syrian Air conducted its first flight in a decade between the northern city of Aleppo and Lebanons capital Beirut early today, resuming a round-trip route that's been halted since Syrias conflict began in 2011.
    (AP, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 22, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles toward central Syria early today, killing a family of four including two children and wounding four other people. The Israeli military said it downed a drone that had crossed into Israel from Lebanon.
    (AP, 1/22/21)

2021        Jan 25, Delegations from Syrias government, opposition and civil society began a new round of meetings in Geneva aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country.
    (AP, 1/25/21)

2021        Jan 29, The United States extended the temporary legal residency status for nearly 7,000 people from Syria because of the countrys civil war. Temporary protected status would be extended for 18 months. It was set to expire on March 31.    
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, In Geneva five days of meetings between delegations from the Syrian government, opposition and civil society groups, aimed at revising the constitution of the war-torn country, ended without progress.
    (AP, 1/29/21)
2021        Jan 29, The UN counterterrorism chief urged countries to repatriate the 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria, many of them sons and daughters of Islamic State extremists who once controlled large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
    (AP, 1/29/21)

2021        Jan 30, In northern Syria a car bomb killed at least killed four Turkey-backed opposition fighters and wounded others in the rebel-held town of Afrin.
    (AP, 1/30/21)

2021        Jan 31, One Syrian was killed and four injured after Kurdish security forces opened fire at pro-government demonstrators in the northeastern city of Hassakeh. Two car bombs went off two hours apart in the northwestern town of Azaz and another village some 50 km (30 miles) away. The explosions in the areas controlled by Syrian opposition fighters allied with Turkey killed six civilians, including one child in Azaz, and six fighters at a checkpoint in a village near the town of al-Bab.
    (AP, 1/31/21)

2021        Feb 2, Kurdish forces in northern Syria ended a weekslong siege of government-held neighborhoods in the northeastern cities of Hassakeh and Qamishli.
    (AP, 2/2/21)

2021        Feb 8, The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported that an Iraqi man (27) and a Syrian man 20 were killed in the Al-Hol displacement camp. In January Syria 20 Iraqis and Syrians were reportedly killed in the camp including a guard from the SDF that maintains the detention facility. Guards suspected Islamic State sleeper cells of the executions. The Rojava Information Center estimated 35 people were killed in the camp in all of 2020.
    (AP, 2/8/21)

2021        Feb 10, The UN counter-terrorism chief urged the repatriation of tens of thousands of women and children suspected of links to the Islamic State extremist group, warning that many are being radicalized in deteriorating detention camps in Syria and Iraq.
    (AP, 2/11/21)

2021        Feb 15, Israel fired several missiles early today targeting areas near Damascus. An opposition war-monitoring group said the strikes killed nine Iran-backed fighters.
    (AP, 2/15/21)

2021        Feb 17, American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem, living in northwestern Syria for nearly a decade, was released, six months after he was captured by an al-Qaida-linked militant group.
    (AP, 2/18/21)

2021        Feb 21, It was reported that Israel paid Russia $1.2 million to provide the Syrian government with coronavirus vaccines as part of a deal that secured the release of an Israeli woman held captive in Damascus. Israel announced on Feb. 19 it had reached a Russian-mediated deal to bring home a young woman who had crossed into Syria earlier this month.
    (AP, 2/21/21)

2021        Feb 22, Anis Naccache (69), a former pro-Palestinian militant who participated in the 1975 kidnapping of oil ministers in Vienna, died in Damascus after battling COVID-19. Naccache and four other men were convicted in the July 1980 attack in France on Shahpour Bakhtiar, Irans prime minister before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In 1990 France pardoned Naccache and his four accomplices were expelled to Tehran.
    (AP, 2/22/21)

2021        Feb 25, Syria's health minister said his government procured coronavirus vaccines from a friendly country which he declined to name, adding that frontline health workers would be the first to be inoculated starting next week.
    (AP, 2/25/21)
2021        Feb 25, Pres. Joe Biden ordered an airstrike in Syria, bombing a cluster of buildings that the Pentagon said belonged to Iran-backed militias responsible for a recent attack on American troops and contractors. This was in response to the rocketing in Iraq and to continuing threats to American and coalition personnel there.
    (NY Times, 2/25/21)

2021        Feb 27, Attackers struck a gas pipeline in eastern Syria, leaving it ablaze but causing no casualties. An anti-tank mine exploded in the central province of Hama, killing five and wounding 13 people who had been driving to collect truffles near the town of Salamiyeh. A fire in the al-Hol Camp housing families of members of the Islamic State group killed three children and injured 15 others.
    (AP, 2/27/21)(AP, 2/28/21)

2021        Feb 28, In northeast Syria a Russian military helicopter made an emergency landing for technical reasons while patrolling Hassakeh province. One crew member was killed and others were wounded.
    (AP, 2/28/21)

2021        Mar 2, The United States demanded that the status of tens of thousands of civilians detained in Syria during the countrys 10-year conflict be made public, and that the bodies of those who died be returned to their loved ones.
    (AP, 3/2/21)

2021        Mar 4, Nine Yazidi women from Iraq were reunited with their children in Syria. The women had survived sexual enslavement by their Islamic State captors and had to cut ties with their families in order to rejoin their children.
    (NY Times, 3/12/21)(SFC, 3/13/21, p.A3)
2021        Mar 4, The United States accused Syrian President Bashar Assad and his close ally Russia of trying to block all efforts to hold Damascus accountable for using chemical weapons during attacks on civilians.
    (AP, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 5, In northern Syria a suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility used by Turkey-backed opposition forces sparked a massive blaze across a large area where oil tankers are normally parked. Opposition groups and at least one war monitor blamed Russia for the strike The massive blaze killed at least four people and left 24 wounded.
    (AP, 3/6/21)

2021        Mar 8, It was reported that Syrian Pres. Bashar Assad (55) and his wife (45) have tested positive for the coronavirus, with both having only mild symptoms of the illness. Syria has recorded nearly 16,000 virus cases in government-held parts of the country, including 1,063 deaths.
    (AP, 3/8/21)

2021        Mar 10, The UN childrens agency said Syrias 10-year-long civil war has killed or wounded almost 12,000 children and left millions out of school in what could have repercussions for years to come in the country.
    (AP, 3/10/21)

2021        Mar 14, The United Nations says more than 80% of Syrians now live in poverty, and 60% are at risk of hunger. The currency has crashed, now at 4,000 Syrian pounds to the dollar on the black market, compared to 700 a year ago and 47 at the beginning of the conflict in 2011.
    (AP, 3/14/21)

2021        Mar 15, Britain said it was imposing new sanctions on Bashar al-Assads regime, including asset freezes and travel bans on the Syrian dictators close allies.
    (AP, 3/15/21)

2021        Mar 17, Syria has registered 16,656 cases of coronavirus, including 1,110 deaths in government-held areas. The numbers are believed to be much higher because of limited testing being done. President Bashar Assads office said the first couple are on their way to recovery nine days after testing positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/17/21)

2021        Mar 18, Syria's health ministry said intensive care units in public hospitals in Damascus have reached full capacity due to a sharp rise of coronavirus infections, leading doctors to transfer patients to hospitals in other provinces.
    (AP, 3/19/21)
2021        Mar 18, The United States warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that the Biden administration will not recognize the result of its upcoming presidential election unless the voting is free, fair, supervised by the United Nation and represents all of Syrian society.
    (AP, 3/18/21)

2021        Mar 21, In northwestern Syria artillery shells fired from government areas hit a hospital in a rebel-controlled town, killing at least five civilians and wounding medical staff. Airstrikes late today on several locations in northwest Syria near the border with Turkey killed at least one person and set afire several trucks used to distribute aid. Turkey had asked Russia to secure an immediate end to the strikes.
    (AP, 3/21/21)(AP, 3/22/21)

2021        Mar 23, The World Health Organization said it will oversee a coronavirus vaccination campaign in war-torn Syria that is expected to start in April with the aim of inoculating 20% of the population by the end of 2021.
    (AP, 3/23/21)

2021        Mar 27, Syria said it has begun rationalizing the distribution of fuel amid concerns of delays of shipments arrivals resulting from a giant cargo ship wedged in Egypts Suez Canal.
    (AP, 3/27/21)

2021        Mar 28, In northeast Syria thousands of Kurdish-led forces, with assistance from the US-led coalition, launched a military operation at the sprawling Al-Hol camp, in a new effort to identify and arrest Islamic State militants and tamp down escalating killings and violence in the camp. The camp houses some 62,000 people, including wives and children of IS members.
    (AP, 3/28/21)

2021        Mar 30, In Syria the president's office said Bashar Assad and his wife have recovered from COVID-19 and returned to their regular duties, three weeks after they had tested positive for the coronavirus.
    (AP, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, Britain cut humanitarian funding to Syria by nearly a third at a major United Nations donor conference, a reduction which aid agencies working in the conflict-wracked country said will put lives at risk.
    (The Telegraph, 3/30/21)
2021        Mar 30, The EU and UN hosted dozens of nations and international organizations in virtual talks to help tackle the humanitarian crisis deepening in Syria and neighboring countries as the civil war there entered its 11th year without a political solution in sight.
    (AP, 3/30/21)

2021        Mar 31, It was reported that Syrias Kurdish-led forces have arrested 71 suspected militants, including a religious leader and a militant recruiter, in an ongoing security sweep at a sprawling camp that houses families and supporters of the Islamic State group.
    (AP, 3/31/21)

2021        Apr 2, Syrias Kurdish-led forces ended a five-day sweep inside a sprawling camp in the country's northeast housing families and supporters of the Islamic State group. They arrested 125 extremists, including those blamed for dozens of crimes in recent months in al-Hol.
    (AP, 4/2/21)
2021        Apr 2, Russian human rights activists released a report that chronicles alleged war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law during the 10-year conflict in Syria.
    (AP, 4/2/21)

2021        Apr 3, Syria's government said primary schools around Syria will close down indefinitely next week amid a severe increase of coronavirus cases in the war-torn country, while universities will suspend classes for only two weeks and high schools will remain open.
    (AP, 4/3/21)

2021        Apr 8, Syria received a planeload from the United Arab Emirates with food items and medical aid to help the war-torn country in its fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 4/8/21)
2021        Apr 8, Israel reportedly carried out a missile attack near the Damascus and its southern suburbs early today that wounded four soldiers.
    (AP, 4/8/21)
2021        Apr 8, Syrian government forces fired a missile at a civilian vehicle in a rebel-held village in the country's northwest, killing seven people, including three children from the same family.
    (AP, 4/9/21)

2021        Apr 13, President Bashar Assad sacked the governor of war-ravaged Syrias Central Bank amid a crash in the currency in recent months. The UN estimates that nearly 80% of Syrians live under the poverty line.
    (AP, 4/13/21)
2021        Apr 13, In northeast Syria a 10-day curfew in areas controlled by US-backed Kurdish fighters went into effect in an attempt to try limit the spread of coronavirus.
    (AP, 4/13/21)

2021        Apr 14, Syria rejected as fabricated the results of an investigation by the OPCW that a Syrian air force military helicopter dropped a chlorine cylinder on the northern town of Saraqeb on Feb 4, 2018.
    (SFC, 4/15/21, p.A3)

2021        Apr 19, A Russian military airstrike killed about 200 militants in eastern Syria. Russian warplanes hit two militant hideouts northeast of Palmyra.
    (AP, 4/19/21)
2021        Apr 19, Michel Kilo (81), an exiled veteran Syrian opposition figure, died of complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Paris where he lived. Kilo was a strong supporter of protests that erupted against Assads government in 2011 and was among leading figures who worked to develop a political framework for the opposition movement.
    (AP, 4/19/21)

2021        Apr 20, Syrian government-allied fighters killed a Kurdish security officer in an attack late today on a checkpoint, in Qamishl, a city the two groups share control of.
    (AP, 4/21/21)
2021        Apr 20, A group of 46 nations called on member states of the global chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) to diplomatically rebuke Syria for using toxic gas and nerve agents in the country's decade-long civil war.
    (AP, 4/20/21)

2021        Apr 21, President Bashar Assad formally announced he will run for reelection in war-torn Syria, and was expected to win a fourth seven-year term in the largely symbolic May 26 vote.
    (AP, 4/21/21)
2021        Apr 21, Syria's last rebel-held enclave received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines with a refrigerated truck offloading over 50,000 UN-secured jabs in the overcrowded province.
    (AP, 4/21/21)

2021        Apr 22, The Syrian government received a batch of 203,000 COVID-19 vaccines, part of a push to speed up a sluggish inoculation process in the war-torn country.
    (AP, 4/22/21)
2021        Apr 22, The Israeli military struck back at Syria after a missile from the country triggered air raid sirens near the Dimona nuclear reactor as it landed in southern Israel.
    (AFP, 4/22/21)

2021        Apr 24, The Syrian government received the first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, a gift of 150,000 jabs to Damascus. The Syrian government has registered nearly 22,000 infection cases, including over 1,500 deaths in areas under its control.
    (AP, 4/24/21)

2021        Apr 25, Lebanese troops aborted an attempt early today to smuggle 69 Syrian migrants to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The smuggler who took money from the migrants to take them to Cyprus was arrested.
    (AP, 4/25/21)

2021        Apr 26, A leading Syrian rights group called on the international community to reject next months presidential elections because they will take place under the rule of President Bashar Assad, who is implicated in war crimes.
    (AP, 4/26/21)

2021        Apr 29, Kurdish-led authorities in northeastern Syria announced they will extend a partial lockdown for another week amid a surge in coronavirus cases. An international aid group warned of oxygen shortages in the neglected region of the war-ravaged country.
    (AP, 4/29/21)

2021        May 1, A COVID-19 vaccine campaign kicked off in Syrias last rebel-held enclave, with a 45-year-old front-line nurse becoming the first to receive a UN-secured jab.
    (AP, 5/1/21)

2021        May 2, Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree granting amnesty and reducing sentences for several categories of crime committed before May 2.
    (AP, 5/2/21)

2021        May 5, Syrian state media reported that Israel fired missiles toward northwest Syria early today, killing one person and wounding six.
    (AP, 5/5/21)

2021        May 6, The UN disarmament chief reported the discovery of an undeclared chemical warfare agent at a Syrian site to a Security Council meeting where the US and its Western allies clashed with Russia over international findings that Syria has used chemical weapons.
    (AP, 5/6/21)

2021        May 20, Groups of angry Lebanese pelted buses and cars carrying Syrians expatriates and refugees heading to the Syrian Embassy in Beirut with stones and sticks, outraged over what they perceive as an organized vote for President Bashar Assad.
    (AP, 5/20/21)

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