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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 ...

Heartbreaking photo of Syrian father holding daughter’s body before funeral

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

A photo of a Syrian father kissing the body of his daughter before her funeral near Damascus is being shared after air strikes hit the family’s town over the weekend.Last Friday, at least three civilians, including two children, were killed in air strikes on the town of Arbin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The bloodshed came a day after the latest suspected chlorine attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad on Ghouta, which has been besieged by government forces ...

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 ...

Report says 23 civilians killed near Damascus, mainly from Russian air strikes

Thursday, 4 January 2018

At least 23 civilians were killed Wednesday in the Syrian opposition redoubt of Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus, with the majority of victims perishing in Russian air raids, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP that 18 people were killed by Russian strikes in the town of Misraba, while the remainder died in shelling from government forces. Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said three children and 11 women were among those killed. ALSO READ: Fears ...

Syrian activists: 19 killed in shelling, rocket fire near Damascus

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Syrian activists and a first responder group say shelling and rocket fire in the suburbs of Damascus killed 19 civilians a day after medical evacuations were completed to save the lives of 29 others.The Syrian Civil Defense, volunteer rescuers also known as the White Helmets, says pro-government forces shelled the rebel-held eastern Ghouta suburbs on Saturday, killing 6 children and 13 adults. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and the local, activist-run ...

Syrian government delegation to return to Geneva on Sunday for peace talks

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s negotiating team is set to arrive in Geneva on Sunday to participate in peace talks, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported on Thursday, quoting a foreign ministry source. The delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, walked out last week and returned to Damascus. Negotiations resumed on Wednesday without the Syrian government delegation. The talks began last week and after a few days with little apparent progress, the UN mediator Staffan de ...

Syrian raids on rebel-held region kill 14 civilians

Saturday, 18 November 2017

At least 14 civilians including a young girl were killed by Syrian regime bombardment of the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Saturday, a monitor said.Ten of the victims were killed by air strikes and another four died in rocket fire, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.It said another 40 people were wounded and the death toll was likely to rise.At a medical center near the town of Hazza, an AFP photographer saw wounded children and a child’s body ...

Air raids on market kill 53 in north Syria town

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Air strikes on a market killed at least 53 people, including children, in a town in northern Syria on Monday despite a “de-escalation zone” in place there, a monitor said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not immediately clear whether the strikes on rebel-held Atareb had been carried out by Syrian warplanes, or those of Damascus’s ally Russia. The monitor said three strikes hit the town’s market, adding that five children were among the ...

Red Cross: Aid enters devastated rebel town near Syria capital

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Desperately needed humanitarian assistance entered a besieged rebel-held town near Syria’s capital on Sunday, the Red Cross said, in the first aid deliveries there in nearly three months.The International Committee of the Red Cross said a joint operation with the United Nations had brought in 24 trucks full of humanitarian relief to Douma.ICRC spokeswoman Ingy Sedky told AFP the deliveries included medicine, food parcels and nutrition items for 21,500 people.“The last delivery to ...

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