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Syrian Family May Have To Move Again To Escape Government Forces

Added: 17.01.2018 10:03 | 1 views | 0 comments

David Greene talks to Abdul Kafi Alhamdo, an English teacher who fled Aleppo for the countryside in 2016. Advances by Syrian government forces have him worried he may have to uproot his family again.

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Syria army seizes dozens of villages in advance on key base: monitor

Added: 16.01.2018 4:04 | 0 views | 0 comments

Syrian troops have recaptured dozens of towns and villages from jihadist fighters, a monitor said Sunday, bringing them closer to a key military airport in the country's northwest. "In the past 24 hours, regime forces have taken at least 79 villages in the southern parts of Aleppo province, an area near the Abu Duhur military airport," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. Russia-backed regime troops are aiming to reach the Abu Duhur base as part of a weeks-long assault against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is dominated by Al-Qaeda's former Syria affiliate.

Syrian government escalates bombing campaign over last-remaining rebel strongholds

Added: 10.01.2018 5:18 | 4 views | 0 comments

The Syrian government has increased pressure on the rebels’ last-remaining strongholds with deadly air strikes and bombings, as it looks to reclaim every inch of the country. Syrian and allied Russian aircraft pounded targets in the northwestern region of Idlib on Sunday and Monday, pressing an offensive targeting the only province outside of regime control. Air strikes left at least 21 dead, including eight children and 11 members of the same family west of the town of Sinjar, according to monitors. Meanwhile, an explosion near an Islamist rebel group base on Sunday night killed 34 people, including 19 civilians. The Syrian army lost Idlib, which borders Turkey, to insurgents when the provincial capital fell in 2015. Idlib has seen fierce clashes in recent weeks, as the army pushed to seize a pivotal road between Damascus and the city of Aleppo. People look at the damage in the aftermath of an explosion at a base for Asian jihadists in a rebel-held area of the northwestern Syrian city of Idlib Credit: AFP The province is part of a so-called de-escalation zone agreement struck last year by President Bashar al-Assad’s sponsors, Russia and Iran, and opposition ally Turkey. However, the regime has failed to abide by the deal and has targeted all but one of the four areas covered. At the same time, the regime has stepped up its bombing campaign on the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. Shelling and bombardment of the enclave, where the humanitarian conditions have sharply deteriorated, has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians in recent weeks. The latest casualties came on Monday when air strikes killed a child and two other civilians in Madira, a village in Eastern Ghouta, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. People inspect the damaged buildings after explosions were carried out with bomb-laden vehicles in Idlib, Syria  Credit: Getty At the height of the fighting, in 2015, the Syrian government controlled less than a sixth of the country. Since offensives in the cities of Aleppo, Homs and Deir Ezzor in the east, they have regained control more than half of Syrian territory. Assad has repeatedly vowed to retake “every inch” of the country, including Raqqa and other areas taken from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) by US-backed forces. “The regime is doing now what it did in Aleppo,” Abdulkafi al-Hamdo, a teacher from Aleppo who was displaced to Idlib, told the Telegraph. “The bombing is unbelievable in the south. We are seeing the worst days for the revolution now.” Pictures shared by Syrian activists showed a family who had fled fighting in their village in the south of Idlib hiding in a hole in the ground in an attempt to escape circling warplanes. Families cowers in a hole in Idlib province to avoid warplanes in the skies Fighting has driven tens of thousands of residents of the Aleppo and Idlib countryside to areas further north and to the closed Turkish border. According to aid agencies, more than 80,000 have arrived in camps in the last two weeks. While Turkish security forces caught a record number of nearly 10,000 attempting to cross the frontier in the last 10 days of December. Displaced Syrians from Idlib province buy sweet milk pudding, known as sahlab, at a makeshift camp near the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria Credit: AFP "If the strikes on civilian centres continue, there is the possibility of an additional 400,000 civilians trying to make their way to the Turkish border,” said Selim Tosun, from the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. “This area is already saturated with people and is currently housing roughly one million people.” The city is largely under the control of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which consists of mostly fighters from a former al-Qaeda affiliate. Schools, hospitals and government institutes in the province are run by a patchwork of different rebel groups, including HTS. Idlib has become something of a holding pen for rebels from all over the country. Opposition fighters and activists from Aleppo and other formerly rebel-held areas were sent to the province under so-called reconciliation deals when their strongholds fell. The fight for Idlib could prove to be the toughest and mostly costly fight yet in the Syrian war. WIth over two million people now living in the province, the population is much larger than east Aleppo at the start of the Syrian regime’s offensive there. It will likely see a grinding fight, with high numbers of civilian casualties, due to how densely populated the urban centre is.

Thousands in Syria's Aleppo mark one year since 'victory'

Added: 22.12.2017 4:05 | 1 views | 0 comments

Jumaa Sabbuh lost his son in the violence that battered Syria's Aleppo for years. On Thursday, he was among thousands commemorating the one-year anniversary of the army's recapture of the city. Sabbuh carried a poster of his bright-eyed son, killed in 2014 while serving in Syria's army.

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More than 50 dead in air strikes on 'de-escalation zone' in north Syria

Added: 14.11.2017 21:00 | 4 views | 0 comments

November 15, 2017 5:00 AM
Syrians searching for survivors amid the debris following air strikes on the rebel-held town of Atareb in Syria's northern Aleppo province on Monday.


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