Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia sends advanced missile system to Syria as Aleppo battle rages

Russia said Tuesday it has sent an advanced missile system to the Syrian port of Tartus, as tensions escalate between Moscow and Washington over the five-year conflict. The announcement came after Washington said it was suspending talks with Moscow aimed at reviving a ceasefire deal over Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar […]

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

US halts Syria talks with Russia as air strikes destroy major hospital in Aleppo

Air strikes destroyed a major hospital in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, a medical relief group said, as the US announced it had formally suspended talks with Russia on trying to end the conflict in the war-torn country. The M10 hospital in Aleppo’s rebel-held east was “completely destroyed” following multiple strikes over […]

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian army presses offensive as UN decries Aleppo’s ‘living hell’

Syrian regime forces advanced Sunday in Aleppo after Russia unleashed dozens of air strikes, as the UN’s top aid official decried the “living hell” suffered by residents in the city’s rebel-held east. The devastating five-year war in Syria has ravaged second city Aleppo, once the country’s economic hub but now torn apart by fighting between […]

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

US close to ending Syria talks with Russia as Aleppo battle rages

The United States is close to suspending talks with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, as the Kremlin vowed to press on with an assault on the city of Aleppo. Moscow and Damascus launched a campaign to recapture the rebel-held sector of Syria’s biggest city this […]

Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo

Two hospitals bombed in rebel-held Aleppo

An air strike and artillery fire hit the two largest hospitals in rebel-held parts of Syria’s Aleppo on Wednesday, in what rights groups said was a deliberate strategy of targeting civilian infrastructure. President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and his ally Moscow have carried out a barrage of air strikes on opposition-controlled eastern Aleppo since Syria’s regime […]

Syrian army takes rebel district in Aleppo, says military source

Syrian army takes rebel district in Aleppo, says military source

Syria’s army took control of a rebel-held district in central Aleppo on Tuesday, after days of heavy air strikes that have killed dozens and sparked allegations of war crimes. In the first advance since announcing plans last week to retake all of the divided city, pro-government troops seized the Farafira district northwest of Aleppo’s historic […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Deadly airstrikes pound Syria’s Aleppo as UN holds emergency meeting

Deadly airstrikes pound Syria’s Aleppo as UN holds emergency meeting

  At least 23 civilians were killed in renewed government airstrikes on the contested city of Aleppo, Syrian activists said Sunday, as the United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the spiraling violence in Syria. At the start of that meeting the U.N’s top envoy to Syria accused the government of unleashing “unprecedented […]

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN’s Ban Ki-moon appalled by ‘chilling’ attacks on Syria’s Aleppo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday said he was appalled by the “chilling” upsurge in fighting in Aleppo and warned that the use of advanced weaponry in Syria’s battleground city could amount to war crimes. Ban cited reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons, bunker buster bombs and other powerful munitions in […]

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Warplanes launched some of the heaviest air strikes yet on rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Friday after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire. Residents said the streets were deserted as the 250,000 people still trapped in the besieged opposition-held sector […]

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

Bid to revive Syria truce fails as new Aleppo offensive announced

The United States and Russia ended any pretenses Thursday of their cease-fire for Syria remaining in force after days of increased violence and the Syrian military’s announcement of a new offensive in Aleppo. “We can’t go out to the world and say we have an agreement when we don’t,” Secretary of State John Kerry said […]

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, held up by security fears and disagreements between combatants on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of around 20 trucks carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish […]

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

US, France push for aid to Aleppo as condition for new Syria talks

The United States and France pushed Tuesday for aid to reach Syria’s battlefront city of Aleppo before plans for a new round of talks can move forward. Russia, however, maintained that there should be no pre-conditions for the talks that the United Nations is hoping to reconvene in Geneva at the end of the month. […]

First families leave Syria’s besieged Aleppo

First families leave Syria’s besieged Aleppo

Dozens of civilians left the besieged and battered opposition-held east of Syria’s Aleppo city on Saturday through a “humanitarian corridor” to the government-held west, state media reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that “a number” of civilians had crossed into government territory. The crossings were the first major movement of people […]

Rebel-held Aleppo faces food shortages after regime advance

Rebel-held Aleppo faces food shortages after regime advance

Residents of rebel-held areas of Syria’s Aleppo on Saturday faced food and fuel shortages after a Syrian government advance cut the opposition’s last supply route into the city. The army, for its part, said it was extending a 72-hour nationwide truce that began on Wednesday but has produced little respite in fighting. About 200,000 people […]

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