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170,000 people living in the open in NW Syria: UN

Beirut - An estimated 170,000 of the 900,000 civilians forced from their homes in a massive wave of displacement in northwestern Syria are living out in the open, the UN said Thursday.

Syrian father and daughter laugh off the shelling

- In Syria's Idlib, there's no escaping the war, so Abdullah al-Mohammed says the only way he found to reassure his daughter Salwa was to turn the shelling into a game.

Trump, Turkey call for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Syrian chopper downed over rebel area, killing crew

Damascus - A Syrian military helicopter was shot down over the last major rebel bastion in northwest Syria on Friday, the second such incident in a week of high tensions with Turkey.

Syria government forces chip away at rebel enclave

Beirut - Government forces made new gains in northwestern Syria on Friday, further chipping away at the country's last major rebel pocket, a war monitor said.

Regime offensive in NW Syria displaces more than 800,000: UN

Beirut - A Russia-backed Syrian regime offensive on the last major rebel bastion in the country's northwest has displaced more than 800,000 people since December, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Nearly 700,000 displaced in NW Syria as bombardment spikes

- A Russia-backed regime offensive has displaced close to 700,000 people in northwest Syria since December, the United Nations said Monday, as bombardment by Damascus and Moscow killed 29 civilians in 24 hours.

20 civilians dead as Syrian govt set to retake key highway: monitor

Beirut - At least 20 civilians were killed on Sunday as Syrian regime forces were poised to retake a key motorway connecting Damascus to second city Aleppo, after weeks of battles in the rebel-held Idlib region, a monitor said.

After fleeing war, Syrian families say 'nowhere to go'

- Exhausted from days of driving in search of shelter in northwest Syria, 38-year-old Ghossoon has no idea where her family will go after fleeing regime and Russian bombardment.

Syria regime seizes swathes of key town in Idlib offensive

Idlib - Government forces Thursday seized large parts of the key highway town of Saraqeb as they pushed an offensive in the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

- A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country's last rebel enclave has caused one of the biggest waves of displacement in the nine-year-old war.

NW Syria violence displaces 500,000 in two months

Beirut - A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive against the country's last rebel enclave has displaced more than half a million people in two months, the United Nations said Tuesday.

As army nears their hometown, Syrians grab last belongings

Sar - Syrian father of four Wael clambers up a pile of rubble, bidding farewell to what remains of his devastated hometown Saraqeb, after all his neighbours fled advancing government troops.

Deadly strikes hit Syria rebel bastion as army advances

Idlib - Air strikes killed 10 civilians near a bakery and a medical clinic in Syria's rebel-held Idlib region on Thursday, as government forces kept up a ground offensive.

Russian strikes kill 10 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Beirut - Air strikes by government ally Russia hit near a bakery and a medical clinic in Syria's rebel-held Idlib region early on Thursday, killing 10 civilians, a war monitor said.

Syria army says retakes key northwest town

Beirut - Syrian government forces recaptured a strategic highway town in the northwest from jihadist and allied rebels Wednesday, in the latest blow to the country's last major opposition bastion.

Syria's Maaret al-Numan: from protest hub to ghost town

Beirut - For years, Syria's Maaret al-Numan was a defiant hotspot for anti-government protests, before increased regime bombardment reduced it to a graffiti-daubed ghost town.

Syria army says retakes key northwest town

Damascus - Syria government forces recaptured the strategic highway town of Maaret al-Numan from jihadist and allied rebels on Wednesday, the army said, returning for the first time in seven years.

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Beirut - Regime forces on Tuesday recaptured most of Maaret al-Numan, a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion, state media and a war monitor said.

Syrian regime forces storm key rebel-held town: monitor

Beirut - Syrian regime forces on Tuesday stormed Maaret al-Numan, a rebel-held town of symbolic and strategic importance in the country's last major opposition bastion, a war monitor said.

Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive

Beirut - Dozens of fighters and civilians were killed in Syria's Idlib province as the government pressed a deadly offensive Thursday towards a key town in the country's last rebel bastion.

Intense fighting in Syria's Idlib kills 39: monitor

Beirut - Intense fighting between pro-government forces and jihadist-led fighters in Syria's Idlib province killed at least 39 fighters overnight, a war monitor said Thursday.

Regime air strikes kill 18 civilians in Syria's Idlib: monitor

Idlib - Regime air strikes on Syria's last major opposition bastion killed 18 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said, a day before a ceasefire is due to take hold.

More than 235,000 flee intense bombing in NW Syria

Beirut - Civilians on Friday packed a road leading out of a flashpoint town in northwest Syria, where two weeks of heightened regime and Russian bombardment has displaced 235,000 people.

Trump calls for end to killing in Syria rebel bastion

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the governments in Moscow, Damascus and Tehran to stop the bloodshed that has displaced thousands in Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib.

Trump calls for end to killing in Syria rebel bastion

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday called for the governments in Moscow, Damascus and Tehran to stop the violence in Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib.

Syria violence uproots displaced families again

Sar - Thin mattresses, children's toys, a gas heater: Abu Ismail packed a pick-up truck with scant belongings before fleeing a northwest Syria town nearly emptied of residents by recent regime attacks.

Syria regime advances in Idlib, nine civilians killed

Sar - Regime forces have seized dozens of towns and villages in northwest Syria from jihadists following days of violent clashes, fuelling an exodus of civilians, a war monitor said Sunday.

Tens of thousands of civilians flee air strikes on Syria jihadist bastion: UN

Beirut - Tens of thousands of civilians have fled from the southern Idlib region in northwestern Syria to the north of the province amid heavy bombardment this week, the UN humanitarian agency said Friday.
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