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Germany Presses Russia, Assad Regime to Reduce Attacks Around Aleppo

BERLIN, Feb 15 – Germany’s foreign minister pressed Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime on Monday to reduce attacks around Aleppo and called on all parties in the Syria conflict to show restraint. Major powers agreed in Munich on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria, but the deal does not take effect

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MSF-backed Hospital in Syria Destroyed by Air Strikes

PARIS, Feb 15 – A hospital supported by medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Idlib province of northern Syria was “deliberately” hit by air strikes on Monday and eight people are missing, MSF said in a statement. “This is a deliberate attack against a health establishment,” said Massimiliano Rebaudengo, MSF head of mission.

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Turkey Shells Northern Syria for Second Day

BEIRUT, Feb 14 – The Turkish army shelled positions held by Kurdish-backed militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, killing two fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. Turkey on Saturday demanded the powerful Syrian Kurdish YPG militia withdraw from areas that it had captured in the northern Aleppo

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Syrian Kurdish Forces Reportedly Capture Most of Rebel-held Ex-Army Airport

BEIRUT, Feb 11 – Kurdish-led fighters aided by Russian bombing captured a rebel-held former Syrian military airport near the border with Turkey, a monitor and rebels said on Thursday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy fighting took place between Kurds and Syrian insurgents around Menagh airport and Russian warplanes staged at least 30

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Border Hospitals Overwhelmed by Russian-Backed Assault on Syria’s Aleppo

By Humeyra Pamuk KILIS, Turkey, Feb 11 – Hospitals near the Syrian frontline have come under attack and been overwhelmed by severely wounded victims of Russian air strikes, taking the area’s health system to the verge of collapse, health workers say. French charity Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), which runs six hospitals in Syria and provides support

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Scant Hope of Syria Peace Breakthrough as Russia Pounds Rebels

By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau PARIS/UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Major powers meeting in Germany on Thursday aim to revive Syria peace efforts, but with Russia backing a government push for a military victory, opposition delegates and Western officials see little hope of a diplomatic breakthrough. United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura

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U.N. Fears for Hundreds of Thousands if Syria Troops Encircle Aleppo

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 9 – Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces succeed in their offensive to encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees. Syrian government forces, backed by

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In Aleppo, Underground Schools Face Bombardments and Burnout

By Estelle Shirbon LONDON, Feb 8 – At the unofficial schools run by Syrian activist group Kesh Malek in opposition-held districts of Aleppo, the children don’t go outside to play during breaks in case a barrel bomb should drop from the sky. With 110 teachers, most of them new to the profession, the organization runs

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Syrians Flee to Turkish Border as Aleppo Assault Intensifies

By Mehmet Emin Caliskan, Lisa Barrington and Humeyra Pamuk BAB AL SALAMA, Syria/BEIRUT, Feb 7 – Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Syrian city of Aleppo that has prompted tens of thousands to flee to the Turkish border to seek refuge. The assault around Aleppo, which

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Russian Bombings in Syria Risk “Cutting Off” Communities Warns Charity

By Tom Esslemont LONDON, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Humanitarian access to northwestern Syria could be cut off unless Russia halts its aerial bombardment of routes supplying hundreds of thousands of people with food and water, aid workers warned ahead of an international donor conference on Thursday. The alarm was sounded by an international

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