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Russia vetoes UN Security Council resolution to extend cross-border aid to Syria

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended cross-border aid to Syria by one year without Damascus’s backing. The authorisation for aid deliveries across the Syria-Turkey border at Bab al-Hawa, which has been in effect since 2014, is set to expire on Sunday. The aid is a lifeline for more than […]

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At least 11 people killed in fire at shopping centre in Syrian capital Damascus

A fire at a shopping centre in the Syrian capital Damascus has killed at least 11 people, the interior ministry said. Many of those killed were security guards or staff who were on duty overnight in the six-storey building, said Ahmad Abbas, the director of civil defence. “Eleven people have died as a result of […]

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Syria: At least 14 killed in deadly bomb attack on military bus in central Damascus

A bomb attack on a military bus in central Damascus has killed 14 people, Syrian state media say. Two explosive devices attached to the vehicle blew up as it passed under Jisr al-Rais bridge during the morning rush hour, Sana news agency reported. Although Syria has been embroiled in civil war for a decade, such […]

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Israel launches airstrikes in Syria causing ‘explosions in Damascus’

Israel launched attacks on Syria on Tuesday, with state news agency SANA reporting “explosions in Damascus” before adding that its air defences had been activated against the “Israeli aggression”. Israeli planes arrived from Lebanese air space, the news agency added. It did not mention any reports of casualties or damage but the Syrian Observatory for Human […]

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Syrian army down Israeli missiles targeting capital Damascus

The Syrian military’s air defences intercepted “Israeli aggression” over the capital, Damascus, in the latest stepped-up bombing of Iranian targets inside the country over the last two months. Without giving much details state media said Israeli military planes flew over the Golan Heights to hit targets on the edge of the capital. In a statement […]