Syria earthquake: Saudi plane carrying aid lands in Assad-controlled Aleppo

A Saudi Arabian plane carrying aid to quake-hit Syria landed in Aleppo on Tuesday, the first such shipment by the kingdom to Bashar al-Assad-controlled territory since the Syrian war erupted over a decade ago. Planeloads of foreign aid have landed in Syria since two quakes struck the war-torn country and neighbouring Turkey, which have killed more than 35,000 people,[…]

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Thousands evacuate pro-government Syria towns

Several thousand residents evacuated two pro-government towns in northern Syria on Thursday, putting an end to one of the longest sieges of the country’s seven-year civil war. Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib province were the last remaining areas under blockade in Syria and a rare example of pro-government towns surrounded[…]

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Syria war: Leaving Ghouta is not an option

By Haid Haid The public attention (both in the region and the west) – as a result of the Syrian army’s ongoing attack on the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta – has been gradually shifting away from blaming the government for launching a war of extermination against its citizens. Instead,[…]

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How blood feud is growing among the Syrian youth

“We will take revenge from everyone who kept silent and everyone who applauded the death of all innocent immaculate souls in Aleppo,” Hosam Al-Bakri, a teary-eyed youth refugee told me, referring to the recent recapture of Aleppo, considered as a fateful victory for the Syrian regime over the armed opposition.[…]

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MJC demands expulsion of Syrian ambassador

The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has demanded the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador to South Africa in protest of the violent geo-political conflict that began in 2011.The MJC led a march to parliament yesterday, aimed at highlighting the devastating war in Syria and the current siege on Aleppo. The Syrian[…]

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Syrian army says Aleppo retaken

The Syrian army said on Thursday it had retaken full control of Aleppo, scoring its biggest victory against opposition forces since the civil war erupted in 2011. The announcement came after an evacuation deal that put an end to a ferocious months-long offensive waged on east Aleppo by forces loyal[…]

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Small crowd show support for Aleppo

With most Capetonians on holiday, a public demonstration to protest the mounting conflict in Syria drew a small crowd but the message was still clear – stop the war in Syria. About 500 people made their way from Keizergracht to Parliament for the solidarity march, aimed at keeping Syria on[…]

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Aleppo evacuations resume after delays

Evacuations from the last rebel-held enclave of Aleppo have resumed despite heavy snowfall after being stalled for a day, according to aid officials and pro-government media reports. Obstacles hindering evacuations from eastern Aleppo and from two villages besieged by opposition fighters outside the city had been overcome on Wednesday, clearing[…]

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