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First rebels leave Syria enclave under Russian-brokered deal

Mar 23, 2018 - 9:06 AM

(UPDATED) It comes as a spokesman for the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel group in the southern rebel pocket of Ghouta announces that 'agreement has been reached for a ceasefire, through the auspices of the United Nations'

EVACUATION. Syrian civilians gather outside a vehicle during an evacuation by the Syrian Red Crescent in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on March 22, 2018, on their way to the government controlled Wafidin crossing. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Aid convoy blocked in Syria despite UN ceasefire order – official

Mar 01, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Mark Lowcock, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, says there has been no change in the situation around the rebel-held enclave in the Damascus suburbs despite a ceasefire resolution

STRIKE. Smoke billows following a regime air strike on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, late on February 23, 2018. File photo by Anmar Suleiman/AFP

Germany, France urge Russia to pressure Syria for 'immediate' ceasefire

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:02 PM

Merkel and Macron stress that a ceasefire could be 'the basis to advance efforts toward a political solution in the context of the UN-led Geneva peace process'

STRIKES. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Heavy Syrian bombardment killed dozens of civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. Photo by Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

Feb 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The measure, however, did not specify when the truce would go into force beyond saying it should be 'without delay'

SECURITY COUNCIL. The UNSC unanimously votes to back a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by Kim Haughton/United Nations

UN bid for Syria ceasefire falters as Russia says no deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 8:32 AM

During a council meeting called by Russia, Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia presents a new raft of amendments to a draft resolution that would allow deliveries of humanitarian aid and medical evacuations during the pause

UNSC ON SYRIA. Russia tells the UN Security Council that there is still no agreement on a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. File photo by UN/Mark Garten

Quiet as southern Syria ceasefire begins ahead of talks

Jul 10, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Britain based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says clashes and shelling have halted in the 3 southern provinces covered by the truce: Daraa Quneitra and Sweida

Syrian army advances as rebels put peace talks on hold

Jan 03, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The talks are due to take place in the Kazakh capital Astana in late January but the rebels said they were pulling out of discussions due to violations by Damascus of a four day old truce

A bus drives through the government-controlled crossing of Ramoussa, on the southern outskirts of Aleppo, on December 18, 2016, during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and civilians from rebel-held areas. / AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN

Russia, Turkey 'agree Syria ceasefire plan'

Dec 28, 2016 - 8:53 PM

The plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo brokered by Turkey and Russia earlier this month to allow the evacuation of civilians to the whole country

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. AFP PHOTO / George OURFALIAN

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

Syria rebels fire on Aleppo evacuation route – state TV

Nov 04, 2016 - 8:41 PM

In a breaking news alert Syrian state television says rockets had been fired at the Castello road leading north from the divided city where Moscow said it was observing a 10 hour ceasefire

Russian-declared ceasefire goes into effect in Aleppo

Nov 04, 2016 - 3:07 PM

UPDATED The so called humanitarian pause is the second time Russia and its regime ally have declared passages open for evacuations

Russia halts Aleppo strikes ahead of brief truce

Oct 17, 2016 - 11:56 PM

3rd UPDATE The ceasefire Russian military officer Sergei Rudskoi says will be on October 20 from 0800 to 1600 0500 GMT to 1300 GMT in the area of Aleppo

ALEPPO. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense search for victims amid the rubble of a destroyed building following reported air strikes in the rebel-held Qatarji neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo, on October 17, 2016. Photo by Karam Al-Masri/ AFP

Pope begs for immediate ceasefire in Syria

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Pope Francis asks with a sense of urgency to have an immediate ceasefire imposed in Syria

POPE FRANCIS. Pope Francis smiles as he arrives for his weekly general audience in the St Peter's square on October 12, 2016 in Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Syria army advances as UN decries Aleppo's 'living hell'

Oct 02, 2016 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED The health care system in eastern Aleppo is all but obliterated Medical facilities are being hit one by one says Stephen O Brien

DEVASTATION. A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in Aleppo, Syria, on April 28, 2016. Photo by Ameer Alhalbi/AFP

Aid convoy attacked as Syria ceasefire collapses

Sep 20, 2016 - 8:22 AM

UPDATED Syria s military announced the end to the truce accusing rebels of more than 300 violations and failing to commit to a single element of the US Russia deal

Syrians sit and look at the rubble following an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighborhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Truce teeters after raids on Aleppo, Syria troops

Sep 19, 2016 - 6:27 AM

The barrage of strikes on rebel held districts of Aleppo risks reigniting battlefronts in the city and could be the most serious threat to the ceasefire so far

Syrians walk through the rubble following an airstrike on the regime-controlled neighborhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

'Coalition raid' hits Syria army as truce wavers

Sep 17, 2016 - 11:02 PM

UPDATED The situation in Syria is deteriorating the Russian military said earlier adding that the United States would be responsible if a fragile ceasefire in force since September 12 collapses

Syrian pro-regime fighters walk in a bombed-out steet in Ramussa on September 9, 2016. The war-torn country is currently under a fragile ceasefire. Photo by George Ourfalian/AFP

UN's Ban presses for Syria aid as truce holds

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:16 AM

Besieged civilians are still waiting desperately for relief in Syria s war battered second city of Aleppo with 20 UN aid trucks stranded on the Turkish border over security concerns

LIFE UNDER CEASEFIRE. A Syrian boy serves a juice on the third day of the Al-Adha Eid (Festival of Sacrifice) Muslim holiday in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on the second day of an internally backed ceasefire for Syria came into effect, September 14, 2016. Abd Doumany/AFP

Syria truce brings 'significant drop' in fighting

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:32 AM

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura says reports reaching his office indicate a significant drop in violence in a rare respite in Syria s devastating conflict

NEW NORMAL. Syrian youths sit at a cafe in the government-held Mogambo neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo as they celebrate the Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday on September 13, 2016, a day after a fragile ceasefire was brokered. Youssef Karwashan/AFP

'Last chance' Syria truce holding on first full day

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:15 AM

UPDATED It is the latest in a series of efforts to try to halt Syria s 5 year war that has killed more than 290 000 people and displaced half the population

Syrian pro-regime fighters walk in a bombed-out steet in Ramussa on September 9, 2016, after they took control of the strategically important district on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday. George Ourfalian/AFP

Dozens dead in raids as Syria opposition weighs truce deal

Sep 11, 2016 - 8:05 AM

UPDATED Air strikes have killed dozens in rebel held parts of Syria as the opposition considers whether to join a US Russia truce deal due to take effect on Monday September 12

Obama turns up pressure on Putin over Syria

Aug 05, 2016 - 10:22 AM

US President Barack Obama says Russia risked casting itself as an irresponsible actor on the world stage after meeting with top aides at the Pentagon

TALK PEACE NOW.  US President Barack Obama (right) says it is 'time for Russia to show that it is serious' about bringing peace, as he presses Russian President Vladimir Putin to end Syrian conflict. File photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/EPA

No breakthrough at Syria talks as violence rages

May 18, 2016 - 12:27 AM

The evident divisions between Russia and the United States are casting a pall on efforts to agree on a framework under which Syria would transition away from Assad s rule

SYRIA CRISIS TALKS. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) attend a bilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, 17 May 2016. Photo by Leonhard Foeger/EPA

Aid convoy to Syria's besieged Daraya refused entry

May 12, 2016 - 8:30 PM

UPDATED The aid convoy was supposed to deliver baby milk as well as medical and school supplies says the Red Cross

Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016.  The Syrian army said late on May 4 that it had agreed to calls from Russia and the United States for a two-day truce in Aleppo that would begin from 1:00 am on May 5.  Renewed fighting in recent days, especially in and around Aleppo, had threatened the full collapse of the February 27 ceasefire agreement, a landmark in attempts to finally resolve a conflict that has left more than 270,000 dead. / AFP PHOTO / KARAM AL-MASRI

Syria army readies Aleppo offensive as civilian toll rises

Apr 28, 2016 - 8:05 PM

Fresh clashes between rebels and regime forces in the Syrian city of Aleppo leave at least 38 civilians dead

A family walks amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. The death toll from an upsurge of fighting in Syria's second city Aleppo rose despite a plea by the UN envoy for the warring sides to respect a February ceasefire. / AFP PHOTO / AMEER ALHALBI

Obama to send 250 more special forces, troops to Syria

Apr 25, 2016 - 11:29 AM

4th UPDATE US President Barack Obama to ISIS: Your hatred is no match for our nations united in defense of our way of life

US President Barack Obama addresses a press conference after bilateral talks with German Chancellor at the Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, on April 24, 2016. John Macdougall/AFP

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Putin, Obama confirm willingness to strengthen Syria ceasefire – Kremlin

Apr 19, 2016 - 7:59 AM

Putin also stresses the need for moderate rebels to distance themselves from Islamic State ISIS and Al Nusra Front jihadists and also urged the closure of the border between Syria and Turkey

A man feeds a cat amid the ruins of a building in the neighborhood of Jobar, east of Damascus, Syria, March 9,2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syria regime digs in on Assad as Hezbollah vows to fight on

Mar 22, 2016 - 11:31 AM

The UN s Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he has pressured Damascus to outline its approach to the crucial issue of a political transition as negotiations in Geneva enter their second week

TALKS CONTINUE. General view at the opening of a new round of peace talks on Syria between the Syrian government representatives and the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, March 21, 2016. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/EPA

Syria peace talks broaden as pro-Russia opposition meet UN envoy

Mar 17, 2016 - 10:06 AM

The United Nations intensifies efforts to find a political solution to the 5 year conflict

NEGOTIATIONS. UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura (2-L) speaks with former Syrian deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil (R) and Syria's regime-tolerated opposition during a new round of negotiations of Syrian peace talks at the UN headquarter in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Philippe Desmazes/Pool/EPA

Angelina Jolie visits Syria refugees in Lebanon on war's 5th anniversary

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:50 AM

Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Jolie calls for reason and calm and foresight in response to the international migrant crisis

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie talks with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, March 15, 2016. L. Knott/UNHCR

UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:31 AM

On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis

NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP

'Calmest day' in Syria since ceasefire – monitor

Mar 07, 2016 - 8:40 AM

The average number of civilian deaths a day has fallen by 90 since the ceasefire came into force 9 days ago with an 80 decline among soldiers and rebel forces

LULL. Ayoub, a 27-year-old Syrian man, drives his taxi on a street in the rebel-controlled side of Aleppo on March 3, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

World leaders hail 'real progress' in Syria

Mar 04, 2016 - 11:50 PM

UPDATED Warplanes struck a key rebel bastion east of the Syrian capital for the first time since the US Russia brokered truce began last weekend a monitor says

TRUCE. Syrian children play outside their home at the rebel-held neighborhood of Tishreen, after a ceasefire that went into effect in Damascus, Syria, February 27, 2016. Photo by Mohammed Badra/EPA

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'Huge drop' in civilian deaths after Syria truce

Mar 03, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A monitor says 24 civilians were killed in the first 5 days of a landmark truce in parts of Syria a sharp drop for a war where dozens die daily

CEASEFIRE. Syrian emergency personnel sit in the courtyard of their centre on February 29, 2016 in the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Syria's second city Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country. Photo by Karam Al-Masri / AFP

Assad vows to 'do our part' on holding Syria ceasefire

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:12 AM

Assad says the truce provides a glimmer of hope for Syria where more than 270 000 people have been killed since the complex conflict erupted

A handout picture made available on March 1, 2016 by the Syrian Arab news agency SANA shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview given to ARD German television in Damascus, Syria, February 28, 2016. SANA/EPA

Syria truce task force meets as aid deliveries start

Mar 01, 2016 - 10:34 AM

UN humanitarian coordinator Yacoub El Hillo says he hopes the relative calm will allow aid to be distributed to 154 000 besieged people over the next 5 days

CALM. A picture taken on February 29, 2016 shows a view of the rebel held al-Shaar district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country.  Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP

Syria ceasefire brings respite to overworked medics

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:47 AM

When a ceasefire came into effect across large parts of Syria early on Saturday February 27 many doctors and emergency workers breathed a sigh of relief

BREATHER. Syrian emergency personnel rest at their center on February 29, 2016 in the Bab al-Nairab neighborhood of Syria's second city Aleppo on the second day of a landmark truce across parts of the country. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Blame game tests Syria's fragile ceasefire

Feb 28, 2016 - 11:29 PM

3rd UPDATE Washington urges all sides to be patient saying setbacks are inevitable

A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People's Protection Units (YPG). AFP / STR

Syria's shaky truce enters second day

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:17 PM

UPDATED Several air strikes hit central and northern Syria but the first major ceasefire of the war appears to be broadly intact on its second day

TEMPORARY PEACE. An elderly man holds beads as he sits at a street in the rebel-held neighborhood of Tishreen, after a ceasefire that went into effect in Damascus, Syria, February 27, 2016. Mohammed Badra/EPA

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

Air strikes batter rebels ahead of Syria ceasefire deadline

Feb 26, 2016 - 7:41 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Russia and the regime had launched a wave of attacks on non jihadist rebel areas ahead of the deadline

Syrians inspect damages following an airstrike by forces loyal to the Syrian government in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 27 January 2016. EPA/MOHAMMED BADRA

UN Security Council set to endorse Syria ceasefire

Feb 26, 2016 - 10:31 AM

The measure urges all countries in particular those involved in the Syrian peace process to use their influence with the parties to the cessation of hostilities to ensure fulfillment of those commitments

A UN Security Council session. File photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Obama warns Russia 'world will be watching' Syria ceasefire

Feb 26, 2016 - 9:17 AM

All parties that are part of the cessation of activities need to end attacks including aerial bombardment Humanitarian aid must be allowed to reach areas under siege

CEASEFIRE. A Syrian man stands on top of a damaged building overlooking the Esh Al-Warwar neighborhood (background), 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

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Local ceasefires 'best hope' for Syria, report says

Nov 10, 2014 - 8:41 PM

Regional interference of backers of the opposing parties and the absence of trusted third parties as mediators are seen as hindrances to effective ceasefire deals