Trump-administration driven Western sanctions are blocking the massive reconstruction aid and investment Syria needs to rebuild.
In the year since I last visited Syria, Damascenes have lived without the metallic report of mortars fired by insurgents landing in the city and its suburbs, the whistle of responding artillery shells and thud of bombs dropped on Eastern Ghouta.
In Syria's capital, Mohammed Hallak blows through a long metal tube into billowing red-hot glass, trying to keep his waning craft alive despite a war that keeps clients away.
Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Wednesday intercepted a “heavy attack” by Israeli warplanes over the capital Damascus, state media said.
In a Damascus flea market, Sham Alloush rummaged through a pile of clothes for something nice to wear for Eid Al-Fitr that wasn't too expensive.
Strolling through the alleyways of war-torn Syria's capital, Rania Kataf snaps photos of the city's famed houses, capturing their nooks and crannies for posterity.
The crunchy pastry — also called "Ramadan bread" — is prepared by dropping a thin circle of dough into hot oil until it snaps like a crisp.
Bashar Al Assad received Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed in Damascus on Tuesday, Syrian state media said. Sheikh Abdullah is the seniormost dignitary to visit Syria in the decade since the eruption of a civil war.
The meeting in Damascus of UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has given a fresh boost to efforts by five Arab countries to reconcile with Syria.