A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Circassians,Mandeans and Turks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Sunni Arabs make up the largest population group in Syria.

In English, the name "Syria" was formerly synonymous with the Levant (known in Arabic as al-Sham), while the modern state encompasses the sites of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the 3rd millennium BC. Its capital Damascus is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. In the Islamic era, Damascus was the seat of the Umayyad Caliphate and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt.

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Israel Accuses Iran of Link to Oil Spill Off Its Shores

Voa News 04 Mar 2021
The spill was caused by an oil tanker that was carrying pirated cargo from Iran to Syria last month, Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said ... Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Tehran for an explosion aboard an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, an accusation Tehran rejected.
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Israeli Environment Minister: Oil spill was Iranian terror

Globes 03 Mar 2021
Marine protection head Rani Amir was more circumspect saying he cannot rule out that it was an act of terror by the ship smuggling oil from Iran to Syria ... The movement of the ship, turning off its identification systems, moving around Latakia port (Syria) makes it very clear that the aim was to bring out crude oil on a substandard ship.".
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Israeli Minister Accuses Iran of Link to Oil Spill

Hamodia 03 Mar 2021
The ship that caused the spill was a Libyan-owned pirate ship that set sail from Iran through the Persian Gulf without radio contact, then passed through the Suez Canal, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said ... From there, the ship continued to Syria, carrying pirated cargo from Iran, she said.
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Israel Accuses Iran of Deliberately Spilling Oil in the Mediterranean

The Maritime Executive 03 Mar 2021
In a briefing Wednesday, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said that Israeli investigators had narrowed down the list of suspect vessels to one ship - the Panama-flagged Aframax Emerald, which ceased AIS transmission off the coast of Israel on February 1-2.
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How’s the War on Terrorism Going?

Antiwar 03 Mar 2021
But why in Syria? ... It was smart to strike in Syria and avoid the blowback in Iraq." ... forces in Syria are also trying to prevent Iran from shipping weapons across now-Shi’ite-controlled Iraq, through Syria and on to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, which concerns Israel ... bombed Iraqi Shi’ite militias fighting al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria.
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HIGHLIGHTS

Yahoo Daily News 03 Mar 2021
India, which has shipped critical supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to nations globally, has said it stands ready to work with the United Nations and its agencies to ensure the doses are delivered to people of Syria facing “dire” situation compounded by the pandemic, winterisation and food insecurity.
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Iranian container ship Shahraz refloated off Indonesian coast

Press TV 02 Mar 2021
Iranian container ship Shahraz has been refloated off the Indonesian island of Batam some nine months after it grounded in a narrow strait in the region ... Iran setting up direct shipping service to Syria’s Latakia. Iran’s cargo ships will start sailing to Syria’s Latakia in early March via a new direct shipping line.
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Netanyahu blames Iran for attack on cargo ship

China Daily 02 Mar 2021
JERUSALEM-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, a mysterious explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region ... Latest airstrikes in Syria ... Israeli media reports said the airstrikes were on Iranian targets in response to the ship attack.
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Israel and Iran trade accusations

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 02 Mar 2021
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week, an explosion that further spiked security concerns in the region ... Israeli media reports said the airstrikes were on Iranian targets in response to the ship attack.
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Mon. 8:27 a.m.: Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship

The Vindicator 02 Mar 2021
The Israeli-owned cargo ship, Helios Ray, sits docked Sunday in port after arriving earlier in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The ship has been damaged by an unexplained blast at the gulf of Oman on Thursday ... The explosion on the Israeli-owned ship last week recalled the tense summer of 2019, when the U.S.
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Netanyahu blames Iran for boat attack, says 'striking' back

Urdu Point 01 Mar 2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused arch-foe Iran on Monday of a recent attack on an Israeli-owned ship, noting his country was "striking back" the morning after a raid on Syria ... ship, noting his country was "striking back" the morning after a raid on Syria.
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Netanyahu accuses Iran of attacking Israeli-owned cargo ship

The Los Angeles Times 01 Mar 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of attacking an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week ... The blast struck the Israeli-owned MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged roll-on, roll-off vehicle cargo ship, as it was sailing out of the Middle East on its way to Singapore.
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Israel-US attacks against Iran in Syria pave way for increased cooperation

The Jerusalem Post 01 Mar 2021
Israel and the US have targeted Iranian-backed forces in Syria over the last several days, according to reports ... The idea that the militia units in Syria are responsible for guiding policies that target a ship in the Gulf of Oman or strike at a sensitive location in Erbil appears overwrought.
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