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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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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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Jordanian troops kill 27 suspected smugglers attempting to enter from neighbouring Syria

The Jordanian troops have killed 27 suspected smugglers attempting to enter the country from neighbouring Syria, they said, adding that some others also carrying drugs fled back into Syria. A report on the Jordanian army’s website on Thursday said it thwarted several suspected attempts to smuggle drugs from Syria, and that large quantities of narcotics […]

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At least 129 killed in days of prison break clashes in Syria

Intense fighting is taking place in north-eastern Syria after Islamic State (IS) fighters tried to break inmates out of a Kurdish-run prison. Kurdish-led forces backed by US air strikes have been battling militants in the city of Hasaka since Thursday. The assault on Ghwayran prison is one of the group’s most ambitious since its defeat […]

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Syria: 5 soldiers killed, 20 injured in rocket attack on military transport bus

Five Syrian soldiers have been killed and 20 injured in a rocket attack on a military transport bus in the east of the country. Sunday’s attack took place at approximately 7:00pm, Syrian state media reported on Monday, adding that a military vehicle in the Badia area came under a rocket attack followed by artillery shelling […]

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‘Deliberate and coordinated’ drone attacks target US troops at base in Syria

A “deliberate and coordinated” attack utilizing drones and indirect fire targeted US troops at the US base at At-Tanf in Syria, close to the border with Jordan, on Wednesday, according to US Central Command, which oversees operations in the Middle East. The initial assessment is that there were no injuries as a result of the […]

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Syria executes 24 people for starting wildfires that burned thousands of hectares of forests

Syria executed 24 people after charging them with igniting wildfires last year that left three people dead and burned thousands of hectares of forests, the justice ministry said. Although executions are common in war-torn Syria, the number of those put to death on Wednesday was larger than usual. Syria’s decade-old conflict left hundreds of thousands […]

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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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Sami Jasim al-Jaburi: Iraq captures Islamic State’s financial chief who has $5 million US bounty on his head

Iraq claims to have captured the jihadist group Islamic State’s financial chief in an operation outside its borders. Sami Jasim al-Jaburi was arrested in a “complex external operation” by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi tweeted. He added that Mr Jasim, also known as Hajji Hamid, was a deputy leader of IS […]

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Man dies after swallowing gasoline in fuel-strapped Lebanon

A Syrian man died after swallowing gasoline he was siphoning out of his vehicle’s tank with a plastic tube, Lebanon’s national news agency reported. Lebanon is witnessing a paralyzing fuel shortage that has driven the public to hoard gasoline and resort to black-market vendors, while many businesses have been forced to shut down. A diesel […]

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Hezbollah sends oil trucks filled with Iran fuel to Lebanon despite sanctions

Four convoys carrying Iranian fuel have arrived in Lebanon under an initiative by the militant group Hezbollah to ease the country’s crippling energy crisis. Eighty lorries with 4 million litres of diesel on board crossed the border from Syria, where a tanker is docked, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV said. The fuel is being imported via Syria […]