Watchdog confirms chlorine used as chemical weapon in Syria attack

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

A global arms watchdog on Wednesday confirmed that chlorine was "likely used as a chemical weapon" in a February attack on the Syrian town of Saraqeb. A fact-finding mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons determined that "chlorine was released from cylinders by mechanical impact in the Al Talil neighbourhood of Saraqeb" on February 4, an OPCW statement said.  

UN: No respite for civilians as Syria’s war grinds on

Friday, 4 May 2018

Syria’s war rages unabated despite a fall in the number of besieged civilians, a senior UN official said on Thursday, warning of a potential worsening of the conflict in the rebel-controlled governorate of Idlib. UN humanitarian adviser Jan Egeland said millions of civilians were still caught up in the seven-year-old conflict and many who escaped battle zones had to seek shelter in overcrowded camps for the displaced in Idlib in the northwest. Insurgent officials say they fear an offensive ...

Observatory: Blast kills 13 civilians in Syria’s Idlib

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A huge blast killed at least 13 civilians in Syria’s northwestern militant-held city of Idlib on Monday, a monitor said, as an AFP reporter said it wrecked a multi-storey building.The explosion of unknown origin also wounded 80 others, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.The group, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information, said the death toll was likely to rise as several of the wounded were in serious condition and many others were ...

Strike near school in Syria’s Idlib kills 16 children

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

An air raid on a rebel-held area of northwestern Syria killed 20 people including 16 children fleeing an earlier strike on a school, rescue workers said on Wednesday. The Syrian Civil Defense rescue service, which operates in opposition areas, said the air raid took place in the village of Kafr Batikh in the eastern part of Idlib province on Wednesday. A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, gave the same number of dead and said that 15 were from one family. Safe ...

Greater Damascus: The final touches on the new demographic map

Sunday, 4 March 2018

“Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa”, clearly and succinctly, wrote Robert Fisk in ‘The Independent’.Fisk did not forget to mention that Eastern Ghouta (Northeast and East of Damascus) was now a besieged “enclave”; however, he did not bother to say why it became an “enclave” after 7 years of killing, destruction and ...

Eyad Abu Shakra

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 ...

UN war crimes experts investigating reports of chlorine use in Syria

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

UN war crimes experts said on Tuesday they were investigating multiple reports that bombs allegedly containing banned chlorine have been used against civilians in the Syrian towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and Douma in eastern Ghouta. Sieges in the rebel-held Damascus enclave of eastern Ghouta “involve the international crimes of indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate starvation of the civilian population”, Paulo Pinheiro, head of the International Commission of Inquiry on ...

One Turkish soldier killed, five wounded in attack in northwest Syria

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

One Turkish soldier was killed and five were wounded on Monday in a rocket and mortar attack by militants as the Turkish forces were setting up a military post in northwest Syria, Turkey’s armed forces said on Tuesday. The statement said the Turkish forces responded with retaliatory fire, without specifying who the militants behind the attack were. One civilian member of the Turkish contingent was also wounded, it said. The army began setting up the outpost on ...

US ‘gravely alarmed’ by reports of chlorine gas use by Syrian government

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The United States is "gravely alarmed" by reports the Syrian government has used chlorine gas in Idlib Province, the US State Department said in a statement on Monday. It also said the Russian government, by shielding the Syrian government from accountability, has "not lived up to its commitments." The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of ...

Syrian army deploys new air defenses in Aleppo and Idlib

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The Syrian army has deployed new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to frontlines in the Aleppo and Idlib areas, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said on Monday. "The Syrian army calls up new air defenses and anti-aircraft missiles to areas on the frontlines with the militants in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib," the commander told Reuters. "They cover the air space of the Syrian north."

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