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Syria army moves into siege town after fighters evacuated

Birut - Government forces moved into the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital on Saturday after rebels and civilians were evacuated following a four-year siege by regime forces, a military source said.

Barrel bombs kill at least 15 civilians in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - At least 15 civilians were killed in a barrel bomb attack on a rebel-held district of Syria's Aleppo city on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts

Birut - Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realisation of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say.

Barrel bombing kills 11 children in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Eleven children were killed on Thursday in a barrel bomb attack carried out by government forces on a rebel-held neighbourhood of Syria's Aleppo city, a monitor said.

Brother of Omran, Syrian boy in haunting picture, dies of wounds

Birut - The older brother of the little Syrian boy who was pictured sitting in an ambulance dazed and covered in blood after an air strike, died Saturday from wounds sustained in the attack on the family's apartment, a monitoring group said.

13 ill children evacuated from Syria's besieged Madaya: doctors

Birut - Thirteen sick children were among 18 people evacuated by aid workers from the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Friday, a doctor that was treating them told AFP.

Omran, one child among millions traumatised by Syria war

Birut - Haggard and covered in blood, little Omran's blank stare shook the world. But across war-torn Syria, thousands of children like him are traumatised by daily life under bombs and siege.

Amnesty denounces 'appalling abuse' in Syrian jails

Birut - Syrian authorities are committing torture on a "massive scale" in government prisons including beatings, electric shocks, rape and psychological abuse that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said Thursday.

Raids kill 19 civilians in Syria's rebel east Aleppo: monitor

Birut - Air raids killed 19 civilians, including three children, in rebel-held districts of Syria's battleground second city Aleppo on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.

Russia, Syria in 'disgraceful' use of incendiary arms: HRW

Birut - Syrian and Russian warplanes have repeatedly used incendiary weapons in "disgraceful" attacks on civilians in northern Syria, Human Rights Watch charged Tuesday.

Dozens dead as warplanes pound rebel-held north Syria

Birut - Syrian and Russian warplanes have launched a wave of air strikes in northern Syria, killing dozens in areas held by a rebel alliance battling to take control of second city Aleppo.

51 civilians killed in Aleppo raids, shelling: monitor

Birut - At least 51 civilians, including four children, were killed in air raids and shelling attacks on Saturday in Syria's battleground city Aleppo and the neighbouring countryside, a monitoring group said.

IS frees hundreds of 'human shields' in Syria

Birut - Islamic State group jihadists have released hundreds of civilians they used as human shields while fleeing a crumbling stronghold in northern Syria, but the fate of others remained unknown Saturday.

Mass abductions in Syria by the Islamic State group

Birut - The jihadist Islamic State group, which on Friday seized around 2,000 civilians in northern Syria, has already carried out several mass abductions in the country:- February 23-26, 2015: IS kidnaps more than 220 Assyrian Christians as it seizes territor...

Russia raids on IS Syria bastion Raqa 'kill 30'

Birut - Russian air strikes on the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa in northern Syria on Thursday killed at least 30 people, including 24 civilians, a monitoring group said.

UN appeals for urgent aid access to Syria's Aleppo

Birut - The United Nations has called for urgent aid access to Syria's Aleppo, warning civilians are at grave risk including from severe water shortages after fighting intensified for the city.

Both sides brace for crucial battle for Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Syrian regime forces and rebel factions sent hundreds of reinforcements to Aleppo Monday as both sides braced for a crucial battle to control the country's second city.

Syria army redeploys as rebels battle to retake Aleppo

Birut - Syrian regime forces redeployed on Sunday to try to avoid being surrounded in neighbourhoods they control in Aleppo, as a rebel alliance said it was launching a battle to recapture the whole city after breaking a three-week government siege.

Air raids kill 10 near Syria hospital: monitor

Birut - A barrage of air strikes on Saturday near a hospital in northwestern Syria killed at least 10 civilians, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

At least 500 fighters killed in a week in Aleppo battle: monitor

Birut - More than 500 rebels and government forces have been killed in one week of fierce fighting to control the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, a monitor said on Saturday.
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