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Damascus shells Idlib as UN chief warns of ‘bloodbath’

Damascus shells Idlib as UN chief warns of ‘bloodbath’

Government forces shelled Syria’s last major rebel bastion on Wednesday, hours after UN chief Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council any full-blown offensive in Idlib risks triggering a “bloodbath”. As troops massed for a Russian-backed offensive in the northwest, Kurdish-led rebels launched a US-backed assault in the east to oust the Islamic State group from […]

September 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Syria says it has downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus

Syria says it has downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus

Syrian air defences downed two Israeli missiles near Damascus, state media reported, after explosions were heard at a military base south of the capital. The report arrived soon after US president Donald Trump’s announcement that he would break with the Iran nuclear agreement, a move that has put the region on edge. Israel has warned […]

May 9, 2018 | By | Reply More
United Nations imagery shows new damage in Syria suburb

United Nations imagery shows new damage in Syria suburb

The United Nations satellite agency says an analysis of images shows widespread new damage in the opposition-held eastern suburbs of Damascus. The preliminary analysis conducted by UNOSAT of satellite imagery from eastern Ghouta’s towns of Kafr Batna and Arbeen shows new damage in a 62.5-square-kilometer (24-square-mile) area, with buildings completely destroyed or damaged since Dec. […]

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Doctors in Syria’s rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days. The bombardment has forced many among the […]

February 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Hunger at Damascus door as Syrian government blocks aid

Hunger at Damascus door as Syrian government blocks aid

At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad’s forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief. As the government and its opponents wrap up another fruitless round of talks in Geneva, humanitarian officials warn that conditions […]

December 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Heartbroken dad buries his twin children and wife died in Syria gas attack

Heartbroken dad buries his twin children and wife died in Syria gas attack

Father devastated after his twin children and wife were killed in a suspected chemical attack in Syria wept over their graves as they were buried. Shocked and heartbroken Abdul Hamid Youssef consoled fellow mourners as he broke down in tears and crouched down next to their burial plots. He said he was devastated he lost […]

April 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Air strike kills 16 civilians near Damascus- monitor

Air strike kills 16 civilians near Damascus- monitor

At least 16 civilians were killed and dozens wounded on Saturday in an air strike on a rebel-held area outside Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. It said it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the strike on the town Hammuriyeh in the opposition bastion of Eastern Ghouta, which has […]

March 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Army to enter area near Damascus, water to resume- governor

Army to enter area near Damascus, water to resume- governor

The Syrian government has reached a deal for the army to enter a rebel-held region near Damascus and restore the capital’s water supply, the provincial governor said Wednesday. Opposition sources denied there was any such deal, but a source inside the Wadi Barada region reported several hundred civilians were leaving under an agreement. Provincial governor […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo and shelling in south kill 20

Airstrikes in Syria’s Aleppo and shelling in south kill 20

Oct 11, – Syria’s official news agency SANA also reported rare shelling of neighborhoods in the capital, Damascus, including several mortar shells fired by opposition groups based on the edge of the city that landed in the residential Qasaa district and close to the Umayyad Mosque, wounding an unspecified number of people. Airstrikes on rebel-held […]

October 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Syrian government sees siege tactics pay off

Syrian government sees siege tactics pay off

Sep 03, – The latest Damascus suburb to fall was Moadamiyeh, which relented after three years of siege as food supplies dwindled for its estimated 28,000 residents and key infrastructure like hospitals were destroyed. Once hubs of the Syrian uprising, the country’s rebellious capital suburbs are submitting to government control at a quickening pace, in […]

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