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More than 400,000 displaced in northwest Syria in 3 months – U.N.

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The region under attack is home to some 3 million people, nearly half of them already displaced from other parts of the country

DISPLACED. Residents flee with their belongings during reported shelling by government and allied forces, in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province on May 3,2019. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

May 23, 2019 - 8:08 PM

The United Nations has warned that an all-out offensive on the Idlib region would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe for its nearly 3 million residents

AIR STRIKES. This picture taken on May 23, 2019, shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the rebel-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

11 dead as war-damaged flats collapse in Syria's Aleppo

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:00 PM

A child is the sole survivor of the collapse in the formerly rebel-held neighborhood of Salaheddin in Aleppo

RESCUE. Syrian civil defence workers rescue a child from under the rubble of a collapsed five-storey building in the Salah al-Din district of the northern city of Aleppo on February 2, 2019. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Around 100 Syrians struggle to breathe after 'toxic' attack

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:53 PM

Health official Ziad Hajj Taha says the incident was a 'probable' chlorine attack

Mosul victory in 'days' as ISIS falls back in Syria

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED ISIS which declared a cross border caliphate encompassing swathes of Iraq and Syria 3 years ago is now facing twin offensives in Mosul and Raqa its two most emblematic strongholds

Dozens dead as car bomb hits Syria evacuees

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:49 PM

2nd UPDATE Thousands of evacuees from Fuaa and Kafraya have waited in Rashidin for more than a day when a bomb goes off The evacuation resumes following the blast

Syria regime, rebels committed war crimes in Aleppo – UN

Mar 02, 2017 - 5:59 PM

UN Commission on Inquiry: The scale of what happened in Aleppo is unprecedented in the Syrian conflict

A picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows a tank in west Aleppo's Ithaa district after Syrian pro-government forces retook the area from rebel fighters. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syrian forces used chemical weapons in final push for Aleppo – HRW

Feb 14, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The rights group said it interviewed witnesses collected photos and reviewed video footage indicating that chlorine bombs were dropped from government helicopters during the offensive from November 17 to December 13

Syrian pro-government forces patrol the northern embattled city of Aleppo on December 14, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Erdogan: Turkish army close to taking ISIS-held town

Feb 12, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is only a matter of time before the alliance of Turkish forces and rebels takes control of Al Bab

Turkey-backed-opposition fighters advance in an armoured personnel carrier on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of al-Bab in a bid to enter the city and retake control of it from the Islamic State (IS) group on February 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Saleh ABO GHALOUN

Aleppo football fans cheer first home game in years

Jan 29, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Fans are delighted to return to the stadium after years of war despite having lost friends who had been killed or fled Syria during its nearly 6 year war

Fans attend the Syrian league football match between derby rivals Al-Ittihad and Al-Hurriya, on January 28, 2017, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Ittihad club beat Hurriya 2-1 in their first match on home turf since rebels took east Aleppo in 2012, dividing the northern city into a regime-held west and rebel-controlled east. George OURFALIAN / AFP

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DEVOTION. The Black Nazarene procession moves in front of the National Museum as of 9:30 am on Monday, January 9. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel/Rappler

Assad says Syrian forces on road to victory after retaking Aleppo

Jan 09, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Assad: We do not consider that retaking Aleppo from the rebels as a victory because victory will be when we have eliminated all the terrorists But it is a critical moment

Syrian children gather around a fire as the Syrian government starts to clean up areas formerly held by opposition forces in the northern city of Aleppo on December 27, 2016, in the Shaar district. George Ourfalian/AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

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21 civilians 'executed' by rebels in Aleppo – state media

Dec 26, 2016 - 9:36 PM

Syrian authorities accuse rebel fighters of executing 21 civilians including women and children at close range as they quite Aleppo

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Christians in Syria s Aleppo are also looking forward to celebrations after President Bashar al Assad s forces retook full control of the city following a rebel withdrawal this week

CHRISTMAS EVE. Christian pilgrims enter the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 20, 2016. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP

Syria army, civilians reclaim ruined Aleppo streets

Dec 23, 2016 - 11:35 PM

UPDATED The reclamation of the former rebel stronghold is the biggest victory for President Bashar al Assad s forces in nearly 6 years of civil war

SAKSIKAN: Apa yang terjadi di Aleppo, Suriah?

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:48 PM

Konflik di Suriah telah bergulir selama lebih dari 5 tahun

Warga Suriah meninggalkan daerah Aleppo yang dikuasai pemberontak pada 13 Desember, 2016. Foto oleh Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Newsbreak Voices: Growing up in Aleppo

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Many know Aleppo as the war torn Syrian city but communications manager Migel Estoque remembers it as the city of her childhood filled with cultural wonder and historical heritage

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Syrian forces retake Aleppo in major boost for Assad

Dec 23, 2016 - 7:53 AM

UPDATED The announcement comes after a landmark evacuation deal that ended a ferocious month long offensive waged on east Aleppo by government forces and allied militia

CELEBRATION. Syrians celebrate on December 22, 2016 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, after the army said it has retaken full control of the country's second city. George Ourfalian/AFP

UN says observers on ground to monitor east Aleppo evacuation

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:23 PM

UN spokesman Jens Laerke says 31 individuals have been deployed in east Aleppo to monitor the last stage of an evacuation

4,000 rebels leave Aleppo in 'last stages' of evacuation

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:15 PM

The evacuation will clear the way for Syria s army to retake the city

Walau Dubesnya terbunuh, Rusia tak akan menarik diri dari perang di Suriah

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Pemerintah Rusia memperketat pengamanan bagi diplomat dan gedung kedutaannya pasca Dubes Karlov tewas ditembak di Turki

Duta Besar Rusia untuk Indonesia Mikhail Galuzin memberikan pernyataan pers terkait peristiwa penembakan Dubes Rusia untuk Turki Andrei Karlov, di Jakarta, Rabu, 21 Desember. Foto oleh Yudhi Mahatma/ANTARA

Syrian girl blogger, 7, meets Erdogan at Ankara palace

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Bana al Abed is among the thousands of people evacuated from Aleppo under a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia

A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Presidential press office on December 21, 2016 shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) posing as he holds in his arms the seven-year-old Bana al-Abed (L), who tweeted from Aleppo on the attacks, at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Seven-year-old Bana al-Abed, whose Twitter account has offered a tragic account of the war in Syria, was evacuated from the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on December 19, 2016 and was set to be brought into Turkey, Turkish officials and aid workers said. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE / KAYHAN OZER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Kayhan OZER/Turkish Presidential press office" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Snow and delays as last evacuees wait to leave Aleppo

Dec 21, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Thousands of residents still remain in the last pocket of the opposition controlled Syrian city

Empty buses that are going to be used to evacuate Syrians from eastern Aleppo enter the embattled city through the Ramoussa crossing, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 20, 2016. Syria's army urged the last remaining rebels and civilians to leave the bombed-out eastern quarters of Aleppo as it prepares to take full control of the devastated city.   / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

Last civilians and rebels set to leave Aleppo

Dec 20, 2016 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED At least 30 000 people have left rebel districts of east Aleppo since evacuations began last week

HEADED TO SAFETY. Syrians who were evacuated from Fuaa and Kafraya, two Shiite villages under rebel-siege on the northern outskirts of Idlib wave and flash the sign for victory as they arrive in Jibrin on the eastern outskirts of Aleppo on December 19, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

4 hal yang perlu kamu tahu soal penembakan Dubes Rusia di Turki

Dec 20, 2016 - 7:09 AM

Pelaku penembakan mengarahkan senjata ke pengunjung pameran sambil mengucapkan kalimat jangan lupakan mengenai Suriah jangan lupakan mengenai Aleppo

DITEMBAK. Duta Besar Rusia untuk Turki, Andrei Karlov tergeletak di lantai tak sadarkan diri usai ditembak dari belakang oleh seorang personil polisi, Mevlut Mert saat tengah membuka pameran foto di Ankara pada Senin, 19 Desember. Foto oleh AFP

UN unanimously backs sending observers to Aleppo

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:56 PM

This is a starting point French ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters We will be extremely attentive extremely vigilant

EVACUATING EAST ALEPPO. Civilians from the remaining rebel-held pockets of eastern Aleppo are evacuated from the embattled city by bus on December 19, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/ AFP

7-year-old Syria war symbol evacuated from Aleppo

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:10 PM

For her tens of thousands of followers Bana is a symbol of the tragedy unfolding in Syria although Syrian President Bashar al Assad s regime has slammed her and her mother s nearly daily tweets as propaganda

BANA ALABED. A photo of Bana Alabed from her Twitter account, dated September 26, 2016.

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Thousands in desperate wait for evacuation from Aleppo

Dec 17, 2016 - 6:04 PM

3rd UPDATE United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura estimates that as of December 15 there are around 40 000 civilians still trapped in rebel held Aleppo

Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighborhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

Growing up in Aleppo

Dec 16, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Aleppo took me in and afforded me a kindness that permeated the span of my lifetime

MIGRANTS. A family photo of the author (yellow jacket) in Palmyra, Syria. Photo courtesy of Migel Estoque

Aleppo evacuation suspended leaving thousands trapped

Dec 16, 2016 - 5:13 PM

4th UPDATE The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a Britain based monitor of the war says the suspension is a bid to pressure rebels to allow evacuations from two government held villages under opposition siege

EVACUATION SUSPENDED. Staff from the Syrian Red Crescent are seen as civilians and fighters are evacuated from a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Photo by AFP

Aleppo mayor urges EU to save citizens

Dec 15, 2016 - 11:26 PM

The 50 000 citizens of eastern Aleppo are only waiting for their deaths after the failure of the international community Brita Hagi Hassan tells reporters alongside EU President Donald Tusk

SPEAKING UP. President of the Civil Committee of Aleppo Hagi Hassan Brita looks on after a meeting with France's President Francois Hollande (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 19, 2016. Photo by Alain Jocard/ AFP

Thousands leave Aleppo under rebel withdrawal deal

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:47 PM

UPDATED The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al Assad s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria s second city handing the regime its biggest victory in more than 5 years of civil war

ALEPPO EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the embattled city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Efforts underway to evacuate Aleppo

Dec 15, 2016 - 3:47 PM

UPDATED The rebel withdrawal will pave the way for President Bashar al Assad s forces to reclaim complete control of Syria s second city

Syrian pro-government forces patrol the northern embattled city of Aleppo on December 14, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

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Aleppo evacuation set to begin after new ceasefire deal

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:17 AM

3rd UPDATE The deal brokered by Syrian regime ally Moscow and opposition supporter Ankara will mark the end of years of fighting for control of the second city and a major victory for President Bashar al Assad

Syrian pro-government forces advance in the Jisr al-Haj neighborhood during the ongoing military operation to retake remaining rebel-held areas in the northern embattled city of Aleppo on December 14, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Deadly clashes hit Aleppo as evacuation deal on hold

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:27 PM

3rd UPDATE After hours of quiet government air strikes and heavy tank fire resumed in the last pocket of rebel held territory in east Aleppo

FLEEING. Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. UN chief Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm over reports of atrocities against civilians Monday, as the battle for Aleppo entered its final phase with Syrian government forces on the verge of retaking rebel-held areas of the city. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

Aleppo loss to spell end for Syria rebellion's dreams

Dec 14, 2016 - 6:03 PM

When rebels stormed Aleppo in 2012 a year after the uprising against Assad began with anti government protests the opposition believed it was on the verge of overthrowing his regime

CONFLICT. Syrian pro-regime fighters, gesture as they drive past residents fleeing violence in the restive Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood, in Aleppo's Fardos neighbourhood on December 13, 2016. STRINGER / AFP

Aleppo's famed Old City left 'unrecognizable' by war

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:40 AM

For centuries Aleppo was Syria s economic and cultural powerhouse but now most of the city is in ruins after years of savage conflict

HERITAGE DESTROYED. A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria rebels to leave Aleppo under evacuation deal

Dec 14, 2016 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED The agreement comes as Syrian President Bashar al Assad s regime is close to recapturing all of east Aleppo which rebels have held since 2012

Syrians leave a rebel-held area of Aleppo towards the government-held side on December 13, 2016 during an operation by Syrian government forces to retake the embattled city. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Syrian government poised for Aleppo victory

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:38 PM

UN chief Ban Ki moon voiced alarm at reports of atrocities against civilians in Aleppo where entire districts are in ruins and unclaimed bodies lie in the streets

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army fire an anti-aircraft weapon in the rebel-held Mashhad area in southeastern Aleppo, on December 12, 2016, as they battle Syrian government forces during an operation to retake the embattled city.  Stringer/AFP

Syria army takes Aleppo district, battle in 'final phase'

Dec 12, 2016 - 1:37 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad seized the Sheikh Saeed district December 12 after fierce clashes ongoing since the previous afternoon

A picture taken on December 11, 2016 shows a tank in west Aleppo's Ithaa district after Syrian pro-government forces retook the area from rebel fighters. George Ourfalian/AFP

Syria army advances in Aleppo but rolled back in Palmyra

Dec 11, 2016 - 2:09 PM

3rd UPDATE ISIS jihadists recapture Palmyra sparking new worries for its remaining ancient treasures

Syrian pro-government forces rest as they patrol Aleppo's Bab al-Nairab neighborhood on December 10, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Air raids pound Aleppo as U.S. decries 'war crimes'

Dec 10, 2016 - 3:07 PM

3rd UPDATE Western powers meeting in Paris called for the resumption of peace talks and for civilians to be allowed to leave Aleppo where tens of thousands have already fled a fierce regime offensive

Syrian pro-government forces walks past rubble in old Aleppo's Jdeideh neighbourhood on December 9, 2016. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

Russia says Syria army halts Aleppo attacks as rebels cornered

Dec 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

The UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura says talks to end the nearly 6 year war should resume soon

EVACUATION. Syrian residents fleeing the violence gather at a checkpoint, manned by pro-government forces, in the Maysaloun neighbourhood of the northern embattled Syrian city of Aleppo on December 8, 2016. Photo by Youssef Karwashan/AFP

UN to vote on 'too little, too late' Syria ceasefire

Dec 09, 2016 - 8:42 AM

The General Assembly is expected to adopt a non binding text that demands a complete end to all attacks on civilians and the lifting of all sieges

UN VOTE. In this file photo, outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks as Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres (L) listens during the ceremony for the appointment of the Secretary-General during the 70th session of the General Assembly October 13, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP