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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 13 people killed in US special forces raid in north-west Syria

At least 13 people have been killed in a major US special forces raid in opposition-held north-western Syria, first responders and activists say. The Pentagon said the mission was “successful” and that there were no US casualties, but gave no other details. The White Helmets rescue service said it had found the bodies of six […]

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Syria: Babies die from cold after heavy snow and freezing temperatures in Idlib camps

Two babies have died from the cold after heavy snow and freezing temperatures hit camps for displaced people in north-western Syria. A UN official told AFP that the seven-day-old and two-month-old girls had died in Idlib province. Some 2.8 million people have sought shelter in the opposition stronghold after fleeing their homes during the country’s […]

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At least two Turkish soldiers killed and three others wounded in Syria’s Idlib province

At least two Turkish soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, according to the Turkish defence ministry. Saturday’s assault happened following a search and screening operation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, the ministry said in a statement. It identified the dead soldiers as infantry non-commissioned officers. Idlib is the […]

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Artillery fire by Russian-backed Syrian government forces kills 8 civilians, including 6 children

At least eight civilians, including six children, were killed in shelling and artillery fire by Russian-backed Syrian government forces in Idlib on Saturday. The attacks also wounded 16 people in several locations of the Jabal al-Zawiya area in the south of the stronghold, the UK-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. It killed five […]

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United Nations seeks $10 billion in aid to help Syrian refugees and civilians

The United Nations is seeking USD $10 billion in aid to help Syria, saying civilians there continue to face attacks as well as increased hunger and poverty, as the COVID-19 pandemic compounds the “despair and disaster” of the 10 years of civil war. The demand came ahead of a Brussels Conference on Syria, an annual […]

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Russian air strikes in northern Syria have killed dozens of Turkish-backed militia fighters

Russian air strikes in northern Syria have killed more than 50 Turkish-backed militia fighters in the mainly rebel-held province of Idlib, reports say. Many others were wounded in the attack, which marks an escalation of violence in the region. A training base for an Islamist group called Faylaq al-Sham was hit. The assault puts at […]

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Jets, drones come crashing down in Syria’s Idlib

At least nineteen Syrian soldiers have been killed in Turkish drone strikes on Idlib, a UK-based monitor has said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the attacks targeted a military convoy and an army base amid increasing violence. Turkey also shot down two Syrian fighter jets on Sunday. Russia, a key backer […]

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Airstrikes kill 33 Turkish troops in Syria, raising fears of escalation

At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an air strike by Syrian “regime forces” in north-western Syria, a senior Turkish official has said. More were hurt in Idlib province, said Rahmi Dogan, the governor of Turkey’s Hatay province. Other reports put the death toll higher. Turkey later retaliated against Syrian troops government targets. […]

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Syrian forces target school with missiles on displacement camp

Nine lives were lost when a missile hit a school and a camp for displaced people in Syria’s Idlib region. Five killed were children, while four were adults. “Fortunately, most students had left only 10 minutes before the bombing, but there were some still playing in front of the school,” Mustafa Al Rashid, a spokesman for […]