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Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

By Agencies A Syrian maternity hospital in a rebel-held area of Idlib province has been extensively damaged after a direct hit, according to the international charity Save the Children, which supports the facility. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said on Friday that the hospital in the town of Kafar Takharim was heavily damaged and left barely operational. The charity also published a … Continue reading Syria: Save the Children says Idlib hospital bombed

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Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

By Agencies Nusra Front leader Abu Muhammad al-Juolani confirmed late on Thursday that his group has formally split from al-Qaeda and has renamed itself as Jabhat Fath al-Shaam (Levantine Conquest Front). “The creation of this new front aims to close the gap between the jihadi factions in the Levant,” Joulani said in his first televised appearance, soon after Nusra released the first photo of the … Continue reading Nusra confirms split with al-Qaeda ‘to protect Syrian revolution’

More than 100 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

By Agencies More than 100 civilians have lost their lives in northern Syria due to airstrikes by the US-led coalition targeting militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group operating in the violence-wracked Middle Eastern country, says a UK-based monitoring group. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said 11 children were among the victims of the coalition’s Tuesday air raids near the Syrian village of … Continue reading More than 100 civilians killed in US-led airstrikes in Syria

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US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

By Agencies A US-backed alliance of Syrian militias launched an offensive against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group near their de facto capital of Raqqa on Tuesday, a monitoring group and an official said. An unspecified number of Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters were seen moving south from their stronghold of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border Tuesday towards Ain Issa, a town about 60 … Continue reading US-backed Syrian alliance launches new attack near IS group’s ‘capital’

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Senior Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

By Agencies Hezbollah’s top commander in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in a purported Israeli airstrike in the country earlier this week, according to Lebanese media reports. A statement from the organization early Friday confirmed Badreddine’s death, but did not blame Israel for the airstrike that killed him, which reportedly took place near Damascus’s airport on May 10. Several Lebanese television outlets, including the al-Mayadeen … Continue reading Senior Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

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Turkey and Qatar help secure release of Spanish journalists detained by Nusra

Three Spanish freelance journalists who went missing in Syria last year and were believed to have been kidnapped, have been released, according to the Spanish Press Federation and the government. Antonio Pampliega, Jose Manuel Lopez and Angel Sastre disappeared last July while working on an investigative report in the northern city of Aleppo, where other journalists have been captured in the past, Spanish media reported at the … Continue reading Turkey and Qatar help secure release of Spanish journalists detained by Nusra

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US and Russia reach deal on ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo

By Agencies An agreement has been reached with Russia to extend a ceasefire in Syria to Aleppo province, including the besieged city of Aleppo, the US State Department said. The expansion went into effect on Wednesday just after midnight in Damascus (02:00 GMT), the State Department said, noting an “overall decrease in violence” since then despite some continued fighting. “Since this went into effect today at 00:01 … Continue reading US and Russia reach deal on ceasefire in Syria’s Aleppo