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Fighting in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire attempt

BEIRUT, March 23 (Reuters) – Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the area’s controlling rebel group had said was agreed to come into force at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On Thursday a spokesman for rebel …

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Japanese court throws out Syrians’ bid to overturn refugee ruling

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) – Two Syrian asylum seekers on Tuesday lost a bid to overturn a government decision to deny them refugee status, in the first such lawsuit in Japan since civil war erupted in the Middle Eastern state in 2011. The Tokyo District Court upheld a government ruling …

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Russia says over 20,000 people have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta on Sunday

MOSCOW, March 18 (Reuters) – More than 20,000 people have left Syria’s Eastern Ghouta via the town of Hammouriyeh so far on Sunday, the Interfax news agency reported, citing the Centre for Reconciliation in Syria, a body run by Russia’s defence ministry. Since humanitarian corridors were set up in the …

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Thousands of Syrians flee raging assaults on 2 fronts

ARBIN, Syria, March 17, (Agencies): Thousands of terrified Syrian civilians fled for their lives on Saturday, as they sought to escape two raging offensives in a rebel bastion outside Damascus and a northwestern Kurdish enclave. Syria’s civil war this week entered its eighth year with world powers unable to stem …

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Thousands flee Ghouta

EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria, March 15, (Agencies): Thousands of Syrian civilians fled from a rebel pocket in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing by foot to army positions in the first mass exodus from the besieged enclave since Syrian government forces launched an assault to capture it a month ago. Men, women …

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Rape used as wide-scale weapon of war in Syria – U.N. report

GENEVA, March 15 (Reuters) – Syrian government forces and allied militias have raped and sexually assaulted women, girls and men in a campaign to punish opposition communities – acts that constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity, U.N. investigators said on Thursday. In a major report, they found that opposition …

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Kuwait concerned over Syrian child rights

GENEVA, March 13, (Agencies): The State of Kuwait Tuesday voiced extreme concern over Syrian children’s rights violations. Addressing the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), held between Nov 26 and March 24, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim …

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Syria war has killed more than 350,000 in 7 years: monitor

Beirut, March 12, 2018 (AFP) -Seven years of conflict in Syria have left more than 350,000 people dead, according to an updated overall death toll released Monday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitoring group, which relies on an extensive network of sources on the ground across …

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Assad forces splinter rebel enclave – Turkey lashes out against NATO

HAMMURIYEH, Syria, March 11, (Agencies): New air strikes and barrel bombs pounded Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Sunday as government forces pressed a three-week advance that splintered the rebel enclave and trapped dozens under collapsed buildings. Defying global calls for a ceasefire, Syria’s government has pursued a ferocious Russian-backed air campaign …

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Assad pummels Ghouta – Joint push against Kurds

HAMMURIYEH, Syria, March 8, (Agencies): Syrian forces pursued a relentless air and ground offensive against eastern Ghouta on Thursday, moving closer to retaking the rebel enclave but also depriving desperate civilians of vital aid. More than 900 civilians have been killed in the nearly three-week assault on the last rebel …

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