Is the Syrian regime ‘winning’ the war?

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Syrian regime has managed to split Eastern Ghouta into three zones, in a tactic aimed at preventing the different rebel groups fighting in the area from coordinating against it. This development is widely seen as another step forward for the regime in its efforts to regain control across Syria. Many in the West have started arguing that the Syrian regime is approaching “victory” in the conflict and that policymakers and international agencies should position themselves ...

Lina Khatib

Regime seizes two towns from rebels in Syria’s Ghouta, as 7,000 leave enclave

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Syria’s regime retook two more towns in Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, a war monitor said, pressing an offensive to capture the rebel enclave on the doorstep of Damascus. Government forces seized Kafr Batna and Sabqa in the south of the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, as thousands of civilians fled into regime-held territory.    Civilians leave rebel pocket  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the number of Syrians leaving a ...

Air strikes pound rebel-held area in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, killing 42

Friday, 16 March 2018

Heavy air strikes targeted a rebel-held area of eastern Ghouta on Friday, killing 42 people and leaving more than 100 injuired in the town of Saqba and Kafr Batna neighbourhood, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Observatory said Russian jets carried out the strikes, citing its activist network on the ground. Advancing Syrian government forces have splintered eastern Ghouta into three enclaves in an offensive that has been underway for a month. The latest wave of air strikes hit ...

Real Madrid’s Ramos urges solidarity with the children of Syria

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has posted a video on his Twitter account in solidarity with the children of Syria after recent events in eastern Ghouta."Seven years of suffering, no more murders, no more recruitment, no more attacks on schools and hospitals, children need to realize their dreams," Ramos tweeted in Spanish.Ramos’ tweet comes a day after his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo recently tweeted a video in support of the children of eastern Ghouta.The video was ...

The voice from the hospital basement in eastern Ghouta

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Most people in East Ghouta live underground. Medical care is increasingly provided in basements. What is happening there cannot bear the light of day.I recently spoke to one of the directors of a hospital MSF has been supporting since 2013 in East Ghouta. The discomfort of sitting in a safe office in Brussels grew as she described the detail of her and her colleagues’ struggle.This young, confident doctor explained that the last five years of siege and on-off bombing and shelling have been ...

‘Tremendous battles’ still loom in Syria, says UN adviser Egeland

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Syria could see “tremendous battles” for two remaining rebel enclaves even once a government onslaught on the last insurgent pocket near Damascus is over, a senior UN adviser said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday. International attention has focused on the battle for besieged eastern Ghouta outside the capital and for Afrin in the far north where Turkey sent in forces to combat Kurdish militia it sees as a threat to its security. But they are not the last flashpoints as ...

Monitor: Syrian regime, Russian bombardment kills 25 civilians in Ghouta

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Bombardment by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia killed 25 civilians, among them three children, in the embattled rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on Wednesday, a monitor said. “At least 25 civilians including three children were killed on Wednesday, most of them in regime air strikes and others in Russian raids on an area controlled by Faylaq al-Rahman,” a rebel group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. ALSO READ: Cristiano Ronaldo ...

‘Russian strike’ kills two commanders in eastern Ghouta rebel group

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday an air strike killed 12 members of the Failaq al-Rahman rebel group in eastern Ghouta, including two of its commanders. The group's spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment. The Observatory said the strike took place on Tuesday evening and that, based on activist reports, it was conducted by Russia. Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Britain-based war monitor, named the two commanders as Abu Mohammad ...

Cristiano Ronaldo tweets in support of besieged Ghouta children

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo recently tweeted a video in support of the children of eastern Ghouta. The video was created by the charity organization, Save the Children, which was founded in 1919 and works on helping children around the world. In his tweet, Ronaldo wrote: “be strong. Have faith. Never give up.” This is not the first time that the football star has teamed up with the organization to help children in Syria. In 2016, he tweeted a video to support them, and ...

Sick and injured start leaving Syria’s besieged Ghouta

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year war began nearly a month ago.In another sign of success in the government’s mission to retake all rebel-held territory near the capital, the army also evacuated hundreds of fighters and their families from a separate small rebel-held pocket south of Damascus.In the north of the country, on another main front, ...

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