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Russia to reduce Syria presence by year's end – military

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:42 AM

Valery Gerasimov says some military will be left behind even after Moscow scales back its involvement in bombing and combat

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

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

UN urges Turkey to open borders, end to bombing of Aleppo

Feb 10, 2016 - 11:06 AM

The highest need and the best humanitarian response is for the bombing to stop

FENCED OUT. Syrian refugees wait to go back to Syria near Oncupinar Border gate in Kilis, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

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

Israel must welcome Syrian refugees – Labor's Herzog

Sep 05, 2015 - 10:15 PM

Speaking at a panel discussion in Tel Aviv Opposition Labor party leader Isaac Herzog calls on the government to act toward receiving refugees from the war in Syria in addition to the humanitarian efforts it is already making

In this file photo, Israeli co-leader of the Zionist Union party and Labor Party's leader Isaac Herzog speaks during a demonstration on August 2, 2015 in Tel Aviv. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

European stocks slip on rising Syrian crisis

Aug 27, 2013 - 9:00 PM

The plunge happened amid rising concerns over the possibility of a US military attack on Syria

The European Union flag at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. Photo by EPA/Patrick Seeger

UN launches record $5.2 billion Syria aid appeal

Jun 07, 2013 - 7:19 PM

The UN launches a record 5 2B aid appeal to fund operations in Syria and neighboring countries