Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops cement hold on Aleppo, civilians return

Syrian troops increased their hold on Aleppo on Friday after retaking full control of the city, as residents anxious to return to their homes moved through its ruined streets. Syria’s army announced on Thursday it had recaptured the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo following a landmark evacuation deal that saw thousands of opposition fighters […]

Aleppo evacuations resume ahead of UN vote on monitors

Aleppo evacuations resume ahead of UN vote on monitors

Convoys of evacuees travelled from a rebel-held area of Aleppo and two Shiite villages besieged by insurgents on Monday, a war monitor and rebels said, as a deal enabling evacuations held after a tense, days-long stand-off and before a UN vote. About 10 buses left the Shiite Muslim villages of al-Foua and Kefraya, north of […]

Thousands await evacuation in Aleppo as negotiators trade barbs

Thousands await evacuation in Aleppo as negotiators trade barbs

Thousands of civilians and rebels trapped in eastern Aleppo awaited evacuation Saturday as negotiators bickered over a deal that would see quid pro quo evacuations from rebel and government-controlled areas. Confusion reigned on the ground Saturday as civilians and rebels waited for evacuations to resume as representatives of rebel groups and the Syrian government tried […]

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid sporadic reports of violence

The evacuation of civilians and fighters from east Aleppo was halted on Friday after sporadic reports of violence. Speaking to FRANCE 24, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura said the world must focus on avoiding a “final battle” for Aleppo. A World Health Organization official in the war-ravaged Syrian city said the evacuation […]

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

Aleppo evacuation agreement back on as guns fall silent

A new agreement has been reached for the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from the last pocket of territory they control in Aleppo, Syrian regime and rebel sources said Thursday, a day after a previous agreement fell through. A senior Syrian military source told AFP: “A deal has been reached for rebels to leave, […]

Eiffel Tower goes dark in solidarity with people of Aleppo

Eiffel Tower goes dark in solidarity with people of Aleppo

Paris turned off the famed lights of the Eiffel Tower on Wednesday as a gesture of solidarity with the citizens of the Syrian city of Aleppo, hit by a humanitarian crisis as residents flee heavy fighting. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo had said the Eiffel Tower, typically lit by thousands of lights every night, would go […]

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fighting resumes in Aleppo as evacuation deal falters

Fierce fighting resumed in Aleppo on Wednesday amid conflicting reports as to why a planned evacuation of the Syrian city’s last rebel-held districts was put on hold. Rebel fighters and civilians had been preparing to evacuate eastern Aleppo under a ceasefire deal aimed at ending more than four years of clashes in the city. But […]

Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

Assad loyalists celebrate as rebel defences collapse in Aleppo

The Syrian army and its allies said they were poised to declare victory in Aleppo after rebel defences collapsed on Monday, leaving insurgents in a tiny, heavily bombarded pocket of ground. Reporters in the government-held zone said the bombardment of rebel areas of the city had continued non-stop on Monday, and a civilian trapped there […]

Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

Turkey’s use of Syrian rebels ‘helped weaken’ Aleppo rebellion

The Syrian army is close to retaking full control of Aleppo for the first time since the uprising began. FRANCE 24 interviews a leading journalist to discuss what’s behind the rebels’ retreat and the big picture implications for Syria and the region. Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city and the nation’s economic hub, has been a […]

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

France, UK and US lead call for ‘immediate’ Aleppo ceasefire

French President François Hollande denounced on Wednesday “systematic obstruction” by Russia at the UN Security Council after the failure of a resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the Syrian city of Aleppo. A statement jointly issued with Canada, Germany and Italy also hit out at the regime in Damascus and its “foreign backers, especially […]

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo. Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor. The vote marked the sixth time Russia has blocked a council resolution on Syria since […]

UN condemns Aleppo ‘descent into hell’, plans crisis meeting

UN condemns Aleppo ‘descent into hell’, plans crisis meeting

The UN has condemned the “descent into hell” being endured by civilians in Aleppo, with the Red Cross saying nearly 20,000 people have fled a Syrian government offensive on the city in three days. Diplomats said the UN Security Council would hold an emergency meeting Wednesday in New York on the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, […]

France calls for immediate UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo violence

France calls for immediate UN Security Council meeting on Aleppo violence

French foreign affairs minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday for an immediate United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been devastated by fighting. “More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid to […]

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Nearly 10,000 civilians flee east Aleppo amid regime offensive

Government forces retook six rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo over the weekend, forcing nearly 10,000 civilians to flee as they pressed their offensive Sunday to retake Syria’s second city. In a major breakthrough in the push to retake the whole city, regime forces on Saturday captured Masaken Hanano, which had been the biggest rebel-held district […]

Daily life in Aleppo, Syria: A doctor’s story

Daily life in Aleppo, Syria: A doctor’s story

Nabil Antaki, a Syrian doctor living in regime-controlled western Aleppo, describes his work in a war zone. Unlike rebel-held eastern Aleppo, the western districts are not under heavy aerial bombardments, although there are sporadic rocket attacks. Since the summer of 2012, the northern Syrian city of Aleppo — once a teeming metropolis, which was Syria’s […]

UN sees ‘bleak moment’ for Aleppo residents as fighting escalates

UN sees ‘bleak moment’ for Aleppo residents as fighting escalates

Syrian rebels fought fiercely with pro-government forces as they tried to advance into opposition-held areas of eastern Aleppo on Friday and warplanes kept up their bombardment of the area in a renewed bid by Damascus to retake the entire city. The U.N. humanitarian adviser said on Friday the besieged population of eastern Aleppo faced a […]

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syrian regime resume Aleppo bombardment

Intense air strikes resumed in rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo after a weeks-long pause on Tuesday, killing at least three people, residents and a war monitor said. Syrian state television said the Damascus government’s air force took part in strikes against “terrorist strongholds” in Aleppo’s Old City while Russia said it had struck Islamic State […]

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo counter-attack to break siege

Syrian rebels including jihadists began a counter-attack against the army and its allies on Friday in an attempt to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said. The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, […]

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

UN delays evacuation of Aleppo over security fears

The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria’s Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral “humanitarian pause” in the Syrian government’s Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and […]

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday. But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give […]

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Taking Aleppo will ‘push terrorists back to Turkey’, says Assad

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said on Friday that the Syrian army’s capture of Aleppo, which has come under renewed bombardment in an effort to seize its rebel-held sector, would be “a springboard” to pushing “terrorists” back to Turkey. Rescue workers said that Syria’s military backed by Russian warplanes had killed more than 150 people in […]

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoes French-drafted UN resolution on Aleppo truce

Russia vetoed a French-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have demanded an end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s city of Aleppo, while a rival Russian draft text failed to get a minimum nine votes in favor. Moscow’s text was effectively the French draft with Russian amendments. It removed the […]

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

France in fresh diplomatic push to end fighting in Syria’s Aleppo

The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution that demands an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria’s Aleppo city, but the measure appears doomed to be vetoed by Russia. The 15-member council has been negotiating for a week on the text drafted by France and Spain. […]

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France warns Russia that ‘nothing can justify’ assault on Syria’s Aleppo

France’s foreign minister told Russia Friday there was no justification for the fierce assault on Syria’s Aleppo, as Moscow said it was ready to “work on” a French-drafted UN resolution seeking to allow aid into the besieged city. “What is happening in Aleppo is without precedent – nothing can justify such a deluge of fire […]

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