Category: Syrian

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Qatari emir in Russia to communicate about Syrian crisis

Moscow, Russia – On Sunday evening, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani arrived in Moscow for a short work visit. On Monday he is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the wars in Syria and Yemen and the situation in Palestine. The work visit comes amid a massive evacuation of civilians and…

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UN demands cease of ‘unpleasant campaign’ in Syrian city

Top UN officials demanded an immediate cessation of aerial attacks on Syria’s devastated Eastern Ghouta with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling the rebel-held enclave “hell on Earth”. Syrian forces backed by Russian warplanes continued to pound the Damascus suburb with at least 27 killed on Wednesday, bringing the civilian death toll to more than 270 – including…

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East Ghouta reels below intense Russian, Syrian bombing

Residents and medical sources in Eastern Ghouta have warned that the Damascus suburb is running short of food, water, and medical supplies, amid intense Russian and Syrian bombardment of the rebel-held area. The area’s designation as a de-escalation zone by Turkey, and allies of the Syrian government, such as Russia and Iran, has not prevented…

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What is left of the Syrian opposition?

On January 29, Russia will host what it calls the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. It claims that this meeting will emphasise the “necessity of a speedy political settlement of the Syrian crisis based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254.” While Russia’s current air offensive on the Idlib province is in direct contradiction to…

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Iraq’s paramilitary troops deployed at Syrian border

Iraq’s Shia paramilitaries have deployed fighters to the Syrian border to support security forces after multiple attacks from within Syria. “After several Iraqi border guard positions came under several attacks by missiles, and backup from security forces was late, the 13th brigade of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) was deployed and targeted the origins of…

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UN urges instant evacuation of 137 Syrian young folks

The UN children’s agency has called for the immediate evacuation of scores of sick Syrian children from a besieged rebel-held enclave on the outskirts of Damascus amid continued violence. Five children in Eastern Ghouta have reportedly died, while 137 others require immediate medical assistance, UNICEF said in a statement on Sunday. The children, aged seven-months to 17-years, are unable to…

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UN says 400,000 civilians trapped in Syrian enclave

Despite being designated as a so-called de-escalation zone, jet fighters flown by the Syrian government and its Russian allies continue to bomb the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. The UN says fighting is only intensifying, despite a deal between Russia, Iran and Turkey stipulating there is supposed to be no military activity. “This is…

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Russia, Iran and Turkey conform to preserve ‘Syrian congress’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his Iranian and Turkish counterparts have supported a proposal to hold a “Syrian people’s congress” that will bring together government and opposition figures. The Russian leader on Wednesday hosted Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, just as some Syrian opposition groups met in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, ahead of United Nations-sponsored talks in…