Damascus is the capital city of Syria. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and is located in the southwest of the country.
Damascus was settled in the second millennium BC. For much of its history, including under the Romans, Umayyads, Abbasids and Ottomans, it has been a major cultural and religious hub. It was a key site for the 2011 uprisings that preceded the Syrian Civil War. This page collates all of DW's content on Damascus.
France has sent humanitarian aid to a government-controlled area near Damascus after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery. It's the first joint humanitarian aid effort in Syria between Russia and a Western country.