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Syrian Rebels Blame Iran for Holding up Aleppo Evacuation Deal

AMMAN, Dec 17 – Syrian rebels blamed Iran and its Shi’ite-backed militias on Saturday of holding up a deal to evacuate civilians trapped in the remaining rebel bastion in Aleppo. Munir al Sayal, the head of the political wing of the Ahrar al Sham rebel group involved in negotiations over the deal, said Iran was

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France Pushes U.N. Security Council Action on Aleppo

By Michelle Nichols and John Irish UNITED NATIONS/PARIS, Dec 16 – France said on Friday it is pushing for the United Nations Security Council to ensure the evacuation of Aleppo is coordinated by international observers, that humanitarian aid is allowed in to the Syrian city and that hospitals are protected. French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre

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Trump Promises Syria ‘Safe Zones’, Obama says no Easy fix

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton ORLANDO/WASHINGTON, Dec 16 – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday his administration would build “safe zones” to try to help civilians trapped in Syria’s bloody conflict, an idea that President Barack Obama said would be too hard to enforce. Trump and Obama spoke separately of the conflict after

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Turkey to set up Camp for Aleppo Evacuees in Syria

By Umit Ozdal CILVEGOZU, Turkey, Dec 16 – Turkey plans to set up a camp inside Syria to host people evacuated from the city of Aleppo but will continue to take the sick and wounded to Turkish hospitals, officials said on Friday. Two potential sites, around 3.5 km (2 miles) inside Syria, have been identified

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Syrian Official: Aleppo Evacuation to Resume once wounded leave villages

ALEPPO, Syria, Dec 16 – The stalled evacuation of east Aleppo will resume once injured people are let out of the besieged Shi’ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, a Syrian official said on Friday. “If the evacuation of the injured in Kefraya and al-Foua takes place, the operation to evacuate eastern Aleppo

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Syrian Arrested in Saudi Arabia over pro-Assad Facebook Photo

RIYADH, Dec 16 – Saudi police arrested a Syrian resident in Riyadh after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook praising the recapture of his home city of Aleppo by government forces, according to a report in al-Riyadh newspaper on Friday. A photo published with the report showed a man with his hand raised

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Turkey says no Disagreement with Russia, Iran on Need for Syria Ceasefire

ANKARA, Dec 16  – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday repeated his call for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and said there was no disagreement between Turkey,Russia and Iran on the need for a truce. At a news conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told his Turkish counterpart that

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U.N. Syria Envoy Says Rebel City Idlib Risks Aleppo Fate If No Peace Talks

PARIS – U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned on Thursday that without a ceasefire or political agreement the rebel-stronghold of Idlib risked becoming a new Aleppo after the evacuation of thousands from the besieged city started. The operation to evacuate civilians and fighters from Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal

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Syria’s White Helmets Accuse Russia of Aleppo War Crimes in Letter

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 – Russian air strikes in the Aleppo, Syria, region have killed some 1,207 civilians, 380 of them children, the Syrian White Helmets civil defense group told United Nations war crimes investigators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday. The White Helmets, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Independent Doctors Association

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