Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The remaining fighters started to withdraw from the last rebel-held enclave in central Syria on Wednesday, state television reported, sealing the government’s control over the area and opening a major stretch of the country’s most important highway.It further cements President Bashar al-Assad’s dominant position over the most populated parts of Syria after years of fighting, but means any new military campaign might risk direct conflict with foreign powers.The withdrawal may ...

ISIS fighters move to Syria’s Idlib, clash with factions

Friday, 9 February 2018

ISIS fighters battled Syrian insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib on Friday, a monitoring group and a rebel commander said, accusing pro-government forces of opening a corridor for the militants to reach the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib. A military news outlet run by Lebanon’s Hezbollah ...

Syria: Military jet downed in northern Hama, pilot killed

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Syria's armed forces have said a military jet was downed by insurgents in northern Hama province on Tuesday and the pilot killed, state television said. Several sources on social media have identified the pilot  killed on Tuesday as Capt. Bassem Ghosn from the western Homs countryside. The western central province has seen intense aerial strikes by the Russian and Syrian air forces in the country's civil war. Dozens of civilians have been killed in the bombing of towns away from front ...

Two dead in suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Hama

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a bus station in the central city of Hama on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 11, according to Syrian state-run TV. The midday explosion occurred at the usually busy station where buses depart to Mesiaf, in the Hama countryside. Explosions are rare in the city, which is controlled by President Bashar Assad’s forces. Al-Ikhbariya TV quoted Hama governor, Mohammad al-Hazouri, saying that a suicide bomber blew himself up at ...

Relative calm in Syrian safe zones after deal

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Relative calm prevailed Saturday in wide parts of war-ravaged Syria despite sporadic violations and clashes after a deal to set up “de-escalation zones” in mostly opposition-held areas went into effect, opposition activists and government media outlets said. There were no immediate reports of casualties after the plan hammered out by Russia, Turkey and Iran - the latest attempt to bring calm to the country - kicked in at midnight Friday. The establishment of safe zones is the latest ...

Airstrike in Syria’s Hama kills eight White Helmets rescuers

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Airstrikes struck a center of Syria’s rescuers known as the White Helmets in a rebel-held area in the country’s center, killing eight volunteers, opposition activists said Saturday. The airstrike was one of the deadliest against the rescuers who operate in opposition-held areas and who have garnered world attention for operating in extreme conditions, pulling survivors out of recently struck areas. The volunteers have often been targeted by government airstrikes, in what are known as ...

ISIS leaders’ families escape Raqqa

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

As ISIS is weakening in Raqqa, dozens of ISIS leaders, their families and foreign militants fled the city to other areas controlled by the organization. According to the Syrian Human Rights Watch, a military operation carried out by the Syrian Democratic forces managed to besiege the city.In the past 24 hours alone, some 80 leaders and foreign militants have left the city with their families.According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the fugitives used boats to cross the Euphrates to ...

Around 40,000 Syrians displaced by fighting near Hama

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

About 40,000 people, mainly women and children, have been displaced by fighting northwest of Hama city in Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday.Since a rebel offensive began in the area a week ago, people have fled south and west to Hama city and to other towns nearby and in neighboring districts including Homs, Latakia and Tartous, the United Nations said.

Russians bombing Syrian rebels near Hama

Friday, 24 March 2017

Russian warplanes are taking part in air strikes against insurgents to help repel a major attack on Syrian government-held areas near the city of Hama, a Syrian military source said on Friday. Rebel groups spearheaded by extremist insurgents launched the attack on Tuesday and have captured at least 11 villages and towns, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based organization that reports on the war. It marks the biggest attack by rebels in ...

Syrian rebels press major assault near Hama

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Syrian rebels advanced to within a few kilometers of the government-held city of Hama on Wednesday in a major assault in the western region of Syria critically important to President Bashar al-Assad, a war monitor reported. The offensive, spearheaded by Islamist militants, was launched on Tuesday after an attack in the capital Damascus, where heavy fighting persists, showing the lingering threat posed by rebels even as Assad enjoys the military upper hand. The Hama offensive also includes Free ...

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