Kerry, Lavrov push for Syria deal as first evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb

Kerry, Lavrov push for Syria deal as first evacuees leave besieged Damascus suburb

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Sergei Lavrov sought on Friday to finalise an agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria as the first evacuees left a besieged Damascus suburb under a plan criticised by the UN. US officials are hoping a deal on combating jihadists in Syria could help lead to an […]

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 […]

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

First aid convoy reaches besieged Syrian town of Daraya since 2012

 The besieged Syrian town of Daraya, a rebel-held suburb of Damascus where President Bashar al-Assad has refused to allow aid to starving Syrians, got its first U.N. aid convoy since 2012 on Wednesday. Russia’s Defence Ministry said it had coordinated a 48-hour local ceasefire, a “regime of calm”, with the Syrian authorities and with the United […]