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First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

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EVACUATION. An elderly Syrian woman in a wheelchair waits next to a bus during an evacuation operation of rebel fighters and their families from rebel-held neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo on December 15, 2016. File Photo by Karam Al-Masri/AFP

‘Armed men and some of their families have begun leaving Barzeh on 40 buses heading towards northern Syria,’ state television says in a news alert

DAMASCUS, Syria (May 8, 2017) — Syrian rebels and their families began evacuating from a district of Damascus for the first time on Monday, May 8, bringing the government closer to recapturing all of the capital. Continue reading First evacuations from Damascus rebel district

Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

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At least 68 children are among the 126 people killed in the attack, says the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

RASHIDIN, Syria (Apr. 17, 2017) — Nearly 70 children were among those killed when a suicide car bombing tore through buses carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday, April 16. Continue reading Dozens of children dead in Syria evacuees bombing

3,800 civilians dead in Russian strikes in Syria – monitor

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SYRIA. Syrian pro-government forces are seen on September 28, 2016 in the Farafira district, northwest of Aleppo’s historic citadel, after Syria’s army took control of the rebel-held district after days of heavy air strikes that have killed dozens and sparked allegations of war crimes. Photo by Georges Ourfalian/AFP

More than 9,300 people have been killed in the Russian raids since September 30, 2015, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Sept. 30, 2016) — More than 3,800 civilians have been killed in one year of Russian air strikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad, a monitoring group said on Friday, September 30, as international outcry mounted.  Continue reading 3,800 civilians dead in Russian strikes in Syria – monitor

Residents afraid to flee Aleppo through ‘death corridors’

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Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AMC / ZEIN AL-RIFAI

Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, announces the opening of humanitarian passages for civilians and surrendering fighters seeking to exit the city’s rebel-held eastern neighborhoods

ALEPPO, Syria (July 30, 2016) — Aid agencies urged Syria’s regime to end the siege of rebel-held east Aleppo as residents cowered indoors Friday, July 29, afraid to use what some described as “death corridors” to flee the city.  Continue reading Residents afraid to flee Aleppo through ‘death corridors’

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

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Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city, others were attacked further west

ALEPPO, Syria (May 6, 2016) — Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday, May 5, in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. Continue reading Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

44 dead in suspected regime strikes on Syria markets

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The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights describes as a ‘massacre’ the strikes on a vegetable market in Maaret al-Numan that kills at least 37 civilians and at least another 7 at a market in nearby Kafranbel 

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Apr. 20, 2016) — Suspected government air strikes on Tuesday, April 19, killed at least 44 civilians at two markets in a part of northwestern Syria controlled by the war-torn country’s Al-Qaeda affiliate, a monitor said.

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US, ISIS carrying out ‘genocide’

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JOHN KERRY. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to US President Barack Obama addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building in Washington, DC, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/EPA
Secretary of State John Kerry makes the proclamation after Congress demanded Washington recognize that the group seeks to exterminate religious minorities

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Mar. 18, 2016) — The United States declared on Thursday, March 17, that the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) group’s slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shiites amounts to a genocide and vowed to halt it.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria

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NEGOTIATING TABLE. Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari, (L), Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, (R), prior a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and U.N., at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA
However, hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

MOSCOW, Russia (Mar. 14, 2016) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, March 14, announced the withdrawal of Moscow’s forces from Syria in a shock move as fresh peace talks began in Geneva.

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Syria war begins 6th year as US, Russia pull the strings

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GHOST TOWN. Syrian man rides his bike along a street damaged by shelling in the rebel-held part of Jubar neighborhood, in the Syrian capital Damascus, on February 24, 2016. Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP
‘The US and Russia have taken command of, and have a monopoly over, the Syrian issue’

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 14, 2016) — The United States and Russia are pulling the strings in Syria’s 5-year war, experts say, pressuring opposing sides and leveraging rival regional powers to reach a settlement.

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ISIS blasts kill more than 140 as US, Russia press Syria truce

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TRIAGE. A handout picture made available by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows wounded Syrians receiving medical care at a hospital in Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2016. SANA/Handout/EPA
US Secretary of State John Kerry says a provisional deal has been reached on the terms of a truce in Syria’s brutal 5-year conflict, only for the bloodshed to intensify on the ground

SAYYIDA ZEINAB, Syria (Feb. 22, 2016) — A string of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria’s capital and in Homs claimed by jihadists killed at least 142 people Sunday, February 21, as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire.

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