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Syria fighting eases as safe zones plan begins – monitor

May 06, 2017 - 6:36 PM

A deal signed to create 4 safe zones takes effect

REBELS. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels dance on a street in the northwestern border town of al-Bab on February 23, 2017 after they fully captured the town from the Islamic State (ISIS) group. Photo by Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted 'advanced' Hezbollah arms

Mar 18, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon s Hezbollah and that the Jewish State would do the same again if necessary

8 dead in raids on rebel-held Syrian town – monitor

Jan 14, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes were carried out by Russian or Syrian government aircraft

STRIKES. Syrian men and Civil Defence volunteers, also known as the White Helmets, search for survivors amid the rubble of a building following an air strike on the village of Maaret al-Numan, in the country's northern province of Idlib, on January 7, 2017. Photo by Mohamed al-Bakour /AFP

Syria opposition agrees to attend Geneva peace talks

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The opposition notes that the ceasefire with the Syrian regime has been making a difference

epa05198297 Syrians seen at a local market in the capital Damascus, Syria, 06 March 2016. Russian-US brokered ceasefire entered its second week the day before, having drastically reduced the death toll in this war-torn country. EPA/YOUSSEF BADAWI

Syria's Aleppo gets taste of peace but thirsts for water

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Before the war I didn t pay attention to how much water I used but now water is like gold for me says a resident

Syrians fill jerrycans with water on February 23, 2016 in the northern city of Aleppo.  A landmark ceasefire has lifted the burden of daily rocket attacks and bomb blasts in Syria's second city Aleppo -- but not its residents' profound thirst. Citizens on both sides of the fault line dividing Aleppo between regime and rebel forces are suffering from their longest water shortage yet in the nearly five-year war.    / AFP / KARAM AL-MASRI

Thousands risk starving to death in Syria – UN

Feb 29, 2016 - 6:41 PM

UPDATED Syrians trapped in their besieged towns could die as they face continued lack of food and water

A handout picture released by UNICEF and taken on January 14, 2016 shows a UNICEF employee measuring the arm of a malnourished child in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya, as they assess the health situation of residents of the famine-stricken town. Relief agencies entered Madaya with a convoy on January 14 to deliver desperately needed humanitarian assistance, in the second such operation this week.   / AFP / UNICEF / STRINGER / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UNICEF" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Syria truce takes hold despite limited violations

Feb 27, 2016 - 8:00 AM

7th UPDATE The UN says there are some incidents but they have been defused

CEASEFIRE. A Syrian man sleeps on the roof of a damaged building in Barzeh neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, February 17, 2016. File photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria parties agree to ceasefire deal

Feb 23, 2016 - 7:49 PM

UPDATED The US warns it will not wait long to see if the truce sticks while some rebels on the ground reject it as a waste of time

epa05173435 Damaged buildings are seen at the site of a twin bomb attack in the city of Homs, Syria, 21 February 2016. The death toll from the double bomb attack in the Syrian city of Homs rose to 46, including at least 28 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The blasts occurred in the city's Zahraa neighbourhood, populated mainly by members of President Bashar al-Assad's Alawite sect, the Osbervatory said. Alawite districts of the central Syrian city have seen numerous deadly bombings, mostly claimed by the Islamic State and the al-Nusra Front jihadist groups. EPA/STR

Dozens of Syria health facilities hit last year – MSF

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:52 PM

The health infrastructure of the war torn country has been decimated says the organization

epaselect epa05162072 A handout image dated 15 February 2016, provided by the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors Without Bordersorganization, showing destruction and rubble at an MSF-supported hospital in Idlib province in northern Syria, largely destroyed in an attack on early 15 February 2016. At least eight staff members are missing after airstrikes at a hospital affiliated with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in northern Syria, believed to have been carried out by Russian jets. 'We can confirm that the MSF-supported structure in Maaret al-Noumaan in northern Idlib was destroyed this morning in airstrikes,' said Mirella Hodeib, a press offer at MSF in Beirut. MSF said 40,000 people would be cut off from access to medical services as a result of the latest strikes on the hospital in Idlib. Three MSF-supported hospitals were recently damaged in Aleppo. EPA/SAM TAYLOR / MSF / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Turkey: Russian bombings in Syria 'barbaric'

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the bombings have killed innocent civilians

A picture shows the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northern province of Idlib, on February 15, 2016, after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes.  MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was "destroyed in air strikes". / AFP / STRINGER

Camps full as tens of thousands flee Syria's Aleppo

Feb 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Up to 20 people are forced to stay inside each tent – meant for 7 only – at refugee camps

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 5, 2016 in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near Turkish crossing gate.  Nearly 40,000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor said, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. / AFP / BULENT KILIC

Pope Francis: 'Spare no effort' to resolve Syrian crisis

Feb 08, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The pontiff urges the international community to ensure successful peace talks

epa05147766 Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, 07 February 2016. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

Syria denies using chemical weapons in civil war

Nov 30, 2015 - 10:55 PM

Damascus rebuttal comes amid accusations it is not transparent with the world s chemical watchdog

In this file photo, Syrian men inspect the site of a reported Syrian government forces barrel bomb attack in the northern city of Aleppo on September 27, 2014 which killed at least one child. Khaled Khatib/AFP

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Sep 29, 2015 - 12:35 PM

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'Syrian hero boy' video hoax by Norwegian filmmaker

Nov 15, 2014 - 10:21 PM

In the film a young boy braves sniper fire and appears to be shot while rescuing a girl hiding behind a burned car in what seems to be war torn Syria

ALL ACTING. Screen shot from YouTube.

Hundreds freed in Syria prisoner amnesty – rights group

Jun 07, 2014 - 2:41 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 320 prisoners were released from northern Aleppo Central prison on Wednesday June 4 as Assad s victory in presidential elections was announced

File photo of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from Agence France-Presse.

Syrian troops advance in rebel bastion as war enters year 4

Mar 15, 2014 - 11:33 PM

A military source says fierce clashes are taking place between army and rebel forces inside key rebel bastion Yabrud

PH groups oppose US intervention in Syria

Sep 08, 2013 - 5:01 PM

Different Philippine groups oppose any US intervention in Syria and called on the Philippine government to do the same

CLOSER LOOK. Philippine groups condemn the US intervention in Syria.

Russia holding UN Council 'hostage' on Syria, says US

Sep 06, 2013 - 8:38 AM

The US sees no way to seek Security Council approval for action against the Assad regime due to Russia s blocking

In this file photo, the UN Security Council meets on the situation in the Central African Republic, 14 August 2013, at the UN headquarters. UN/JC McIlwaine

In Syria's playground of the dead

Mar 18, 2013 - 2:57 PM

From park to cemetery: Every day Al Mashtal park in Deir Ezzor city becomes the final resting place for new victims of the conflict that has torn Syria apart for over two years

FROM PARK TO CEMETERY. A woman reads the Koran, the Muslim holy book, next to the grave of one relative buried in a public park on March 11, 2013 in Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor. Men, women and children, and sometimes fighters barely out of adolescence -- every day Al-Mashtal park in the city becomes the final resting place for new victims of the conflict that has torn Syria apart for over two years. AFP PHOTO / JOSE RODRIGUEZ