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Critically ill evacuated from Syria besieged area

BEIRUT — Evacuation of critically ill Syrians trapped in a rebel-held suburb near the capital Damascus is underway, the International Committee for the Red C.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarDec 28th, 2017

Dozens of militants evacuated from southern Syria

BEIRUT — Dozens of Syrian militants and their families have departed aboard buses from an area where they have been besieged by government forces near the Is.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Over 6,000 Rebels, Families Leave Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta

Over 6,000 people, including rebels and their families, evacuated from Eastern Ghouta area in Syria’s capital Damascus after Wednesday midnight, according to state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). A total of 6,432 people, including 1,521 rebels, formed the forth batch of evacuees to leave areas in the central towns of Eastern Ghouta, after a total […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Regime forces advance in Syria s battered E. Ghouta, says monitor

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Syrian regime forces have advanced inside Eastern Ghouta, a monitor said on Saturday, March 3, as fighting intensifies on the ground to retake the battered rebel enclave east of Damascus. Russia-backed government forces on February 18 launched an assault of the besieged region, pounding the area with air ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

In Syria, first phase of population transfer concludes

BEIRUT — The first phase of a troubled population transfer concluded yesterday as thousands of displaced Syrians were evacuated out of besieged areas and an.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2017

Clashes in Syria’s Damascus after surprise rebel attack – Al Jazeera

Heavy clashes rocked eastern districts of the Syrian capital on Sunday after rebel fighters launched a surprise assault on government forces, a monitor and state television said. Steady shelling and sniper fire could be heard across Damascus on Sunday as rebel factions allied with former al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launched an attack on government positions in the city's east. The clashes centered on a government-held gap between two besieged opposition enclaves, the Jobar and Qaboun neighborhoods. The Ahrar al-Sham rebel group said fighters had &'8220;liberated&'8221; the area. Tahrir al-Sham &'' a umbrella group of rebels formed by Jabhat Fateh al-Sham last month &'' and the independent Failaq al-Rahman group also participated in the attack. Syrian state media said the military had repelled an attack by one group after &'8220;terrorists&'8221; infiltrated through tunnels in the middle of the night. Rebels detonated two large car bombs at 5:20am on Sunday close to the Jobar neighborhood. Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the attack. Rebels then advanced into the nearby Abbasiyn Square area, seizing several buildings and firing a barrage of rockets into multiple Damascus neighbourhoods, according to Rami Abdelrahman of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Government forces responded with nearly a dozen air strikes on Jobar, he added. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Al Jazaeri, reporting from near Damascus, said that at least 15 civilians had been killed after government forces shelled residential neighborhoods in Eastern Ghouta, but that the fighting had since become less intense. &'8220;This advance is the largest for opposition groups in over a year and a half,&'8221; Al Jazaeri said. &'8220;Military operations have not stopped in the area but it has calmed down. There remains sniper shooting from both sides and regime forces are shelling Jobar neighborhood, as well as other areas controlled recently by the opposition.&'8221; Control of Jobar &'' which has been a battleground district for more than two years &'' is divided between rebels and allied fighters on one side, and government forces on the other. It is one of three pockets in the Syrian capital still in opposition hands. The recent fighting has resulted in rebel control of industrial areas in Al-Qaboun in addition to parts of Abbasiyn breaking a siege on the area and linking it to Jobar neighborhood, which is connected to Eastern Ghouta, Al Jazaeri said. Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria at the University of Oklahoma, told Al Jazeera that the offensive had taken the government by surprise and that its response was likely to be very significant. &'8220;I don't think it's going to change the trajectory of the war, which has been seeing the regime make important gains and the opposition getting increasingly restricted. But it shows the opposition is far from dead. It shows also that this new combination led by [Tahrir al-Sham] is very potent,&'8221; Landis said. &'8220;The regime is going to realise that it cannot allow these two areas to linger there because they are beachheads for this Tahrir a-Sham group to make inroads into the Damascus area,&'8221; he said, adding the government would likely withdraw some forces from areas such as Homs and Hama to refocus on Damascus. &'8220;It means that the fight is still on, there are many fronts to this war, and the opposition remains powerful.&'8221; Syrian state TV aired footage from Abbasiyn Square, typically buzzing with activity but now empty except for the sound of shelling. Residents said artillery shells and rockets were landing in the heart of the city. The Observatory said rebel shells hit several nearby districts in Damascus, including Bab Touma, Rukn al-Din and the Abbasiyin area. Several schools announced they would close through Monday, and many civilians cowered inside in fear of stray bullets and shelling. According to the Observatory, the Faylaq al-Rahman group and the Fateh al-Sham Front &'' known as al-Nusra Front before it broke ties with al-Qaeda &'' were present in Jobar. &'8220;This neighbourhood is the most important front line because it's the closest rebel position to the heart of the capital,&'8221; said Abdel Rahman. Government forces have long sought to push the rebels out of the district because of its proximity to the city centre in Damascus. But with Sunday's attack, Abdel Rahman said, &'8220;rebels have shifted from a defensive position in Jobar to an offensive one&'8221;. &'8220;These are not intermittent clashes &'' these are ongoing attempts to advance,&'8221; he said. One rebel commander told the Associated Press news agency they launched the assualt from Jobar as a way to relieve allied fighters in the nearby districts of Barzeh, Tishreen, and Qabun from government attacks. &'8220;This is to relieve the pressure on rebels with the regime not stopping its bombardment and artillery shelling,&'8221; said Abu Abdo, a commander from Failaq al Rahman. The attack on Damascus comes just days before a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva aiming to put an end to Syria's six-year war. Rebels and government troops agreed to a nationwide cessation of hostilities in December, but fighting has continued across much of the country, including in the capital. Rebels said the army had advanced in the last two days after weeks of bombardment and aerial strikes aimed at regaining control of strategic areas inside the capital, a few kms away from President Bashar al Assad's seat of power. The army had advanced towards a road between Qaboun and Barza, whose capture severed the links between the two besieged rebel districts where tens of thousands of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Children of Syria’s besieged Daraya discover joy of sweets

Yazan, a four-year-old who has never known anything but deprivation, has finally discovered the joy of ice cream after being evacuated from the besieged town of Daraya near the capital of war-torn Syria......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 28th, 2016

Final evacuation deal reached for Syria s Ghouta

MOSCOW, Russia (UPDATED) – A final deal appeared to have been reached Sunday, April 1, for fighters and civilians to leave the last opposition-held area of Eastern Ghouta, paving the way for Syria's regime to retake all of the one-time rebel enclave near Damascus. The agreement brokered by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Syria s army vows to finish off last Ghouta rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syria's army on Saturday, March 31, promised to finish off rebels in a final holdout of the crumbling opposition bastion of Eastern Ghouta where talks on a possible evacuation deal have stalled. The army said it would press "fighting in the area of Douma to rid it of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

UN Humanitarian Chief Highlights Civilian Suffering in Syria

UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said Tuesday that the last few months have been some of the worst for Syrian civilians as a result of ongoing violence. In the besieged rebel stronghold of Eastern Ghouta in the outskirts of Damascus, more than 1,700 people have been reportedly killed since […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 29th, 2018

In Syria, at least 100 killed in attacks as more people flee

BEIRUT — Airstrikes in Syria killed more than 100 people on Friday as civilians, weary and many wounded, fled besieged areas for the second straight day......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

DOUMA, Syria – Syrian regime forces on Saturday, March 10, cut off the largest town in Eastern Ghouta from the rest of the opposition enclave in a blow to rebels defending their last bastion near Damascus. Government troops and allied militia have recaptured half of the besieged region in a blistering assault ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Syria regime pummels besieged Eastern Ghouta

HAMMURIYEH, Syria – Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against Eastern Ghouta on Thursday, March 8, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid. More than 930 civilians have been killed in the nearly 3-week assault on the last rebel ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Dozens treated for breathing problems after raids on Syria s Ghouta

HAMMURIYEH, Syria – Dozens of people were treated for breathing difficulties after air strikes slammed into Syria's Eastern Ghouta late Wednesday, a monitor said, with medics reporting symptoms consistent with a toxic attack. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 60 people in the besieged rebel enclave were left ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Syrian troops look to split rebel-held enclave near capital

BEIRUT — Government forces advanced against rebels in the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus and will try to divide the besieged enclave in two, Syria's stat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Fresh violence mars first day of Syria enclave truce

DOUMA, Syria – A "humanitarian pause" announced by Russia in Syria's deadly bombardment of Eastern Ghouta failed to end violence Tuesday, February 27, with fresh bloodshed and no sign of aid deliveries or residents leaving the besieged enclave. Nine days after Russian-backed regime forces intensified their campaign against the rebel-held ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Air strikes on Ghouta continue; poison gas symptoms seen

DOUMA, SYRIA — Fresh bombardment by the Syrian regime on Monday killed at least 10 civilians in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, including nine members of a same family, a monitor said. Air strikes destroyed a building in Douma, the main town in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus, and buried alive an […] The post Air strikes on Ghouta continue; poison gas symptoms seen appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

4 hurt after explosion, building collapse in United Kingdom

LONDON, United Kingdom --- British police responded to a "major incident" that critically injured at least four people on Sunday in Leicester, a central English city, after an explosion and building collapse, according to local authorities. "There has been a major incident..." local police wrote on Twitter. "All emergency services are currently dealing with this." It advised people to avoid the area and added that local roads had been closed. The Fire and Rescue Service said it received calls shortly after 7 pm (1900 GMT) from the public reporting an explosion and a building fire. It immediately dispatched six fire engines, a spokeswoman said. "We were en route when th...Keep on reading: 4 hurt after explosion, building collapse in United Kingdom.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

HASSA, Turkey – Turkey on Saturday, January 20, launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilizing the area after almost 7 years of civil war. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Turkey shells Kurd area in Syria to signal start of campaign

Turkish artillery fired into Syria’s Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Evacuation area widens as Mayon lava spreads

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Lava flows have increased while more residents have been evacuated from villages around the restive Mayon Volcano, which continue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018