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 ...

Monitor: Strike on Syria’s Ghouta kills 15 children sheltering in school

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

An air strike on a school in Syria's Eastern Ghouta late Monday killed 15 children and two women who were using its basement as a bomb shelter, a monitor said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombing raid hit Arbin, a key town in the dwindling rebel-held enclave of Ghouta that has been under attack by government troops for over a month.“Three missiles from a single air strike hit the school, where the underground level was being used as a shelter,” said Rami Abdel ...

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.

Lies as the distinguishing feature of Syria, Russia and Iran

Thursday, 15 March 2018

The cruel Syrian war launched by Bashar al-Assad on his people seven years ago under the name of counterterrorism demonstrated that the culture of lies connects the three allies Russia, Iran and the Syrian regime. The Syrian regime’s indiscriminate shelling of Eastern Ghouta, targeting hospitals and blocking access to humanitarian convoys, confirms what is already obvious to everyone: That Russia is not committing to enforcing the UN Security Council Resolution that it had agreed to ...

Randa Takieddine

Sick and injured start leaving Syria’s besieged Ghouta

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year war began nearly a month ago.In another sign of success in the government’s mission to retake all rebel-held territory near the capital, the army also evacuated hundreds of fighters and their families from a separate small rebel-held pocket south of Damascus.In the north of the country, on another main front, ...

Syrian rebel group says agreed evacuation of wounded from Ghouta

Monday, 12 March 2018

Jaish al-Islam, one of the main rebel groups in Syria’s eastern Ghouta, said on Monday it had reached an agreement with the government's ally Russia to evacuate wounded people from the besieged enclave near Damascus. It communicated with Russia through the United Nations to reach the agreement, it said, as the government presses a major offensive against the enclave with Russian military help.

The tactical use of chemical weapons in Syria

Friday, 9 March 2018

Of all the horrors of the Syrian war, the most peculiar is the regime’s use of chemical weapons. They are used even when they have no discernible strategic advantage, and they carry a heavy political cost, making it harder for the international community to consent to a continuation government led by Assad after the end of the civil war. This has not always been so. As far as we can tell, when the first attacks were reported, the use of chemical weapons was a provocation towards the West, ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Syria aid convoy on hold after Assad forces split the enclave in two

Thursday, 8 March 2018

A top UN aid official appealed to the Syrian government and its Russian backers for a cessation of hostilities in eastern Ghouta on Thursday when a second convoy with desperately needed aid was postponed after government forces split the enclave in two, creating an evolving, unpredictable situation on the ground.Jan Egeland said it is "impossible" to deliver aid to the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus amid the current fighting, which he described as the worst ever."I'm very ...

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 ...

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