UN: Targeting of civilians in Syria’s eastern Ghouta ‘must stop’

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Heavy Syrian bombardment of the militia-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta is targeting civilians and must stop immediately, the United Nations warned Monday. "It’s imperative to end this senseless human suffering now. Such targeting of innocent civilians and infrastructure must stop now," Panos Moumtzis, the UN’s Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis said in a statement. Several days of bombardment on Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, has killed hundreds of ...

Turkey welcomes Syrian forces entering Afrin

Monday, 19 February 2018

Militias allied to the Syrian government will enter the Afrin region, Syrian media reported on Monday, after a Kurdish official said a deal had been struck with the Syrian army to help Kurdish forces end a Turkish offensive. Turkey said it would welcome any move by Damascus into Afrin to get rid of the YPG Kurdish militia, but if Syrian troops were entering to protect the Kurdish fighters, then the Turkish assault would go on. A second Syrian Kurdish official said no pro-government military ...

Russian FM Lavrov warns US on Syria: ‘Dont play with fire’

Monday, 19 February 2018

Russia’s foreign minister on Monday warned the United States against “playing with fire” in Syria. Sergey Lavrov cautioned US officials to reduce provocations, saying the United States’ actions there have fractured the country. Addressing a conference of the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow policy advisory group, Lavrov said Syria’s sovereignty and territorial rights are under attack by US troops and funds that arm opposition groups. “It seems that our ...

WATCH: War of words heats up between Turkish FM and Arab League chief

Monday, 19 February 2018

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit this week became embroiled in a heated exchange regarding Turkey’s operations in Syria. Cavusoglu on Sunday told a panel at the Munich Security Conference that Ankara is using its “legitimate right of self-defense” in its intervention against Kurdish militia groups in northwestern Syria. Aboul-Gheit had earlier decried the presence of so many foreign forces in the country, including ...

14 dead, 75 injured in latest Assad raids on eastern Ghouta

Monday, 19 February 2018

Around 14 people were killed and over 75 injured in the latest air raids and artillery attacks by the Assad regime on eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.The observatory added that among those killed many were women and children. The attacks came as an escalation by regime forces as a prelude to the large-scale military operation aimed at ending the control of opposition factions in eastern Ghouta.Regime forces targeted several towns with hundreds of rockets, ...

Assad’s forces, Hezbollah prepare for Iranian-Israeli confrontation in Syria

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Syrian regime and Hezbollah have begun military preparations in Quneitra’s countryside amid fears that Daraa and Quneitra will turn into an arena for an Israeli-Iranian confrontation. Activists said regime forces and Hezbollah fighters stationed in several areas in Quneitra’s countryside are on security alert. They’ve been arming with heavy weapons and monitoring the area 20 kilometers off the borders with the Occupied Golan Heights. According to analysts there are four ...

‘Where have the young men gone?’ Single Syrian women search for soulmates

Monday, 19 February 2018

Syrian student Nour wistfully examines her bare ring finger, then scans fellow classmates around her at Damascus University. Amid the sea of women, there’s no eligible single man in sight. At 30, Nour says she is eager to get married — but Syria’s protracted conflict means potential suitors have emigrated, joined the army or lost their lives. “I hope a wedding ring will decorate this finger someday,” says Nour, who asked to use a pseudonym to speak freely. ...

Car bomb in Syria’s Qamishli kills five people - state media

Monday, 19 February 2018

A car bomb exploded in the Kurdish-dominated city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Sunday, killing five people and injuring seven, Syrian state news agency (SANA) said, citing a source in the police headquarters of Hasakeh province. The explosion targeted al-Hay al-Gharbi in the city, SANA reported. The Kurdish YPG militia controls swathes of northeastern Syria including most of Hasakeh province where Qamishli is located. It was not immediately clear what the explosion targeted in the ...

Deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin, says Syrian Kurdish official

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Syrian Kurdish forces and the Damascus government have reached an agreement for the Syrian army to enter the Afrin region to help repel a Turkish offensive, a senior Kurdish official told Reuters on Sunday. Badran Jia Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish-led administration in north Syria, said army troops will deploy along some border positions and could enter the Afrin region within the next two days. The agreement underscores the increasingly complex situation in northern Syria where Kurdish ...

Syrian government grants American basketball player nationality

Sunday, 18 February 2018

The Syrian government granted American basketball player, Justin Hawkins, the Syrian nationality making him the first American to receive the nationality and play for the Syrian national team. “It is certain that Hawkins, chosen by the coach of our national team, will join us to support the team in the Basketball World Cup in China,” the Syrian Basketball League said. The league posted some personal information about Hawkins on their Facebook page saying that he used to play for a ...

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