Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Monitor Says Syrians Being Held by Government in Aleppo

BEIRUT, Nov 30 – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday the Syrian government had detained hundreds of people forced to flee rebel-held areas of east Aleppo by a fierce attack aimed at taking back the whole city. A Syrian military source denied anyone had been arrested but said the identities of people

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Car Bomb in South Damascus Causes Casualties – Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT, Oct 17  – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a car bomb exploded on Monday in a southern district of Damascus which is home to Syria’s holiest Shi’ite Muslim shrine, with initial reports of casualties. The British-based monitoring group said the blast took place near a checkpoint used by the Syrian army and

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Air Strikes Pound Rebel-Held Aleppo Districts Overnight

BEIRUT, Sept 26 – Dozens of air strikes hit the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defence worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes had hit

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Blasts Kill More Than 100 in Syrian Government Stronghold Says Monitor

BEIRUT, May 23  – Bomb blasts killed more than 100 people in the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartous on Monday, monitors said, in a government-controlled area that hosts Russian forces. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks in the Mediterranean cites that have up to now escaped the worst of the conflict, saying it

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Syrian Rebels Fear Assault on Besieged Daraya as Residents Starve

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lisa Barrington AMMAN/BEIRUT, May 17 – Rebel fighters and officials in a besieged Syrian town on the outskirts of Damascus believe government forces are preparing an assault after they turned back an aid convoy last week. Daraya, situated close to a large air base and just a few kilometers (miles) from

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Syrian Forces Retake Deir al-Zor Hospital After “Major” Daesh Offensive

BEIRUT, May 15 – Syrian government forces retook a hospital in Deir al-Zor after Daesh attacked it on Saturday following a dawn offensive by the militants on the besieged eastern Syrian city, a war monitor and state media said. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria’s five-year-long war, said Daesh had killed at least

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Kerry Sees Hope of Extending Truce To Syria’s Aleppo

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Lesley Wroughton AMMAN/GENEVA, May 2  – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday talks were closer to extending a Syrian truce to Aleppo, the divided northern city where a sharp escalation of violence in recent weeks has torpedoed peace talks and left a ceasefire in tatters. Kerry was in

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Air Strikes Hit Aleppo Hospital, At Least 27 Killed

BEIRUT, April 28  -Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city’s last pediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. A new wave of aerial bombing on Thursday on rebel-held districts of the city killed at least

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