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Syria intercept Israeli missiles along the Mediterranean coast; 1 dead, 6 injured

Syrian air defences have intercepted an Israeli attack on several areas in northwest Syria, including the port city of Latakia along the Mediterranean coast, killing one person and wounding six, Syrian state media said. The Israeli dawn attack on Wednesday also hit the town of Hifa, east of Latakia, and Masyaf in Hama province. SANA […]

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Oil tanker outside Baniyas refinery off Syria’s coast burst into flames in suspected drone attack, 3 dead

An oil tanker that burst into flames following a suspected drone attack outside the Baniyas refinery off Syria’s coast was doused, Syria’s oil ministry said. The state news agency SANA quoted oil ministry as saying the fire erupted after “what was believed to be an attack by a drone from the direction of Lebanese waters”. […]

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Syrian anti-aircraft missile explodes 30km away from Israeli nuclear site

A Syrian missile exploded in southern Israel, about 30km from a secret nuclear site. Warning sirens went off before a loud explosion was heard in the Dimona area. Dimona is said to have produced nuclear weapons, but Israel neither confirms nor denies having nuclear weapons under its policy. No injuries or damage were reported. The […]

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After 10 years of war Syria to hold presidential elections on May 26

Syria will hold a presidential election next month, the country’s parliament said. After 10 years of war the Syrian government controls most of the big population centres in the country. About 400,000 people have been killed and over half of Syrians displaced. The election for a president who will serve a seven-year-term will take place […]

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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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Kurdish forces raid shelter camp housing family members of Islamic State

Kurdish-led security forces have made arrests inside a camp in northern Syria that is holding family members of Islamic State group members. The operation at al-Hol camp was aimed at rooting out IS followers after violent incidents, some fatal. Several dozen people are reported to have been killed there this year. An IS recruiter and […]

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6 killed, dozens injured in government shelling on hospital in Syria

Artillery shelling killed six civilians, including a child when it hit a surgical hospital in rebel-held northwest Syria, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has said in a statement. The attack on Sunday in the town of Atareb has also wounded 16 civilians including five health staff, the IRC said. The hospital is now out of […]

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Multiple missile attacks near hit oil refineries in north Syria, 1 dead

A series of missile attacks near oil facilities ignited major blazes in northern Syria near the Turkish border and killed one person on Friday. Explosions rocked oil refineries near the towns of al-Bab and Jarablus and set off large fires, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency reported. Anadolu said they were ballistic missiles and it was […]

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Satellite capture extent of damage caused by US military air raids in Syria

The United States dropped seven 500 pound bombs during the military airstrikes in eastern Syria that was authorised by US President on Thursday night. The Pentagon said the bombs targeted compunds of two Iranian-affiliated Iraqi militias, Kata’ib Hezbollah and Kata’ib Sayyid Al-Shuhada. Satellite images shared by Maxar showed the damage. The “before” image shows a […]

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Joe Biden’s authorisation of military air raids in Syria draws criticism

The authorisation of military airstrikes in eastern Syria by US President Joe Biden on Thursday has drawn criticism in the States and the Middle East. The United States military said it carried out measured attacks on facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran-backed militias, in response to rocket attacks against US targets in Iraq. The […]

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Shamima Begum: Woman who joined ISIS as teenager can’t return, UK top court rules

The UK’s highest court ruled Shamima Begum, a woman who was stripped of her citizenship after fleeing to Syria to join ISIL (ISIS), should not be allowed to return to the country to challenge the decision, because she poses a security risk. Begum left London in 2015 when she was 15 and travelled to Syria, […]

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US military carry out airstrikes in Syria killing at least 17 Iran-backed fighters

The United States military carried out airstrikes targeting Iran-backed militia in Syria, the Pentagon said in statement. The attack destroyed “multiple facilities located at a border control point used by a number of Iranian-backed militant groups”, the statement said. President Joe Biden approved the action in response to recent attacks against US and coalition personnel […]