The history of syria covers events which occurred on the territory of the present syrian arab republic and events which occurred in the region of syriathe present syrian arab republic spans territory which was first unified in the 10th century bce under the neo assyrian empire the capital of which was the city of assur from which the name syria most likely derives. From 2006 to 2010 syria experienced its worst drought in modern history the drought resulted in a mass migration from the syrian countryside into urban centers which notably strained existing infrastructure already burdened by the influx of some 15 million refugees from iraq. Between 26 and 09 million years ago at least four episodes of hominine dispersal from africa to the levant are known each culturally distinct the oldest evidence of early humans in the territory of modern israel dating to 15 million years ago was found in ubeidiya near the sea of galilee the flint tool artefacts have been discovered at yiron the oldest stone tools found anywhere . The name early history in its early written history the region was known as eber nari across the river by the mesopotamians and included modern day syria lebanon and israel collectively known as the levanteber nari is referenced in the biblical books of ezra and nehemiah as well as in reports by the scribes of assyrian and persian kings
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