Syrian rebels to evacuate opposition-held town in Ghouta

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Hundreds of armed rebels and civilians will begin evacuating a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, a rebel spokesman and Syrian government media reported Wednesday, in the first instance of fighters leaving the opposition stronghold east of the capital following a deal reached with the government.Monther Fares, a spokesman for the powerful Ahrar al-Sham group, said the deal involves the departure starting Thursday morning of opposition fighters from his group to northern Syria. He said the deal ...

Rocket attack targeting busy Damascus market kills 35

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

At least 35 people were killed on Tuesday when a rocket hit a busy market place in an eastern suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, state media said, while rescuers said Syrian and Russian airstrikes killed dozens in nearby rebel-held areas. This marks one of the highest death tolls in a single attack targeting the capital. The rocket landed in the Kashkoul market close to rebel-held parts of eastern Ghouta, which has been under heavy bombardment by the Syrian army and its allies since last ...

Syrian TV: Syrian army gives Harasta rebels till 3 pm to withdraw

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Syrian state TV said the Syrian army had given rebels in the Harasta pocket of opposition-held eastern Ghouta till 3 pm local time on Sunday to withdraw, citing its own correspondent. In a month-long assault, pro-Syrian government forces have marched into much of eastern Ghouta, the last major insurgent bastion around Damascus. They have splintered it into three besieged zones, the smallest of which is the Harasta pocket.

Syrian troops split rebel-held enclave near capital, 45 dead

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Syrian government forces seized vast swaths of territory including farmland in the opposition-held suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday, effectively dividing the besieged enclave in two and further squeezing rebels and tens of thousands of civilians trapped inside, state media and a war monitor reported.The government, determined to wrest the eastern Ghouta suburbs from the control of rebels after seven years of war, has resorted to extreme levels of shelling and bombardment to clear the way for its ...

When aid reached Ghouta but retreated after shelling

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Aid trucks reached Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Monday for the first time since the start of one of the war’s deadliest assaults, but the government stripped some medical supplies from the convoy and pressed on with its air and ground assault.The convoy of more than 40 trucks pulled out of Douma in darkness after shelling on the town, without fully unloading supplies during a nine-hour stay. All staff were safe and heading back to the capital Damascus, aid officials said.The ...

UNICEF: Aid convoy for 180,000 Syrians could go on Sunday

Friday, 2 March 2018

Syria's government may allow an aid convoy with supplies for 180,000 people to go to the town of Douma in the besieged enclave of eastern Ghouta on Sunday, the Middle East director of the UN children's agency UNICEF said on Friday. Geert Cappelaere said there were initial agreements for further convoys to serve more of the enclave's 400,000 people, but no agreement on evacuation for some 1,000 people in dire medical need. "We have an indication from the government of Syria that an aid ...

VIDEO: Syrian army brigadier speaks to troops flanked by Russian soldiers

Sunday, 25 February 2018

A video surfaced showing Brigadier Suheil al-Hassan, known as the Tiger, speaking to Syrian regime troops in Damascus while being guarded by Russian soldiers. The Russian soldiers were standing around al-Hassan dressed in military uniforms, carrying firearms with their hands on the trigger, appearing on high alert. Al-Hassan was also surrounded by members of the Syrian army who were also on guard. Al-Assad brought al-Hassan from the province of Idlib to conduct military operations in Damascus, ...

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 ...

Syria regime strikes kill six civilians in Ghouta

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Syrian regime air strikes killed six civilians including two children overnight in Eastern Ghouta after a day of respite from deadly bombardment of the rebel enclave, a monitor said Sunday.Since February 5, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has intensified its bombardment of the besieged region outside Damascus, killing more than 245 civilians including dozens of children.On Saturday, the Damascus government eased up its strikes on Eastern Ghouta as it faced Israeli air raids on what ...

US official: More than 100 pro-Syrian forces killed after thwarted attack

Thursday, 8 February 2018

More than 100 fighters aligned with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were killed after US-led coalition and coalition-backed local forces thwarted a large, apparently coordinated attack late on Wednesday and early on Thursday, a US official said. The heavy death toll underscored the large size of the attack, which the US official said included about 500 opposing forces, backed by artillery, tanks, multiple-launch rocket systems and mortars. The official spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity ...

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