Tag: airstrikes

Civilians flee the rebel-held Syrian town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, after  a reported Assad regime air strike

Assad Forces Bomb Hospitals Near Damascus, over 100 Civilians Killed

Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s bloody efforts to stamp out the remaining rebel enclaves near Damascus resulted in what observers are describing as the wholesale massacre of civilians on Monday and Tuesday, with a bombing campaign that deliberately targeted seven hospitals and killed over a hundred people, including at least 20 children.

Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah (R) sits next to Major General Yoav Mordechai, head of COGAT, the Israeli defence ministry agency responsible for civilian affairs in the Palestinian territories, as they attend a ceremony on July 10, 2017 in Jalamah, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, during which the prime minister announced the construction of a new power plant in Jenin. / AFP PHOTO / JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Warns Hamas: Stop Violent Riots Or Face Harsh Consequences

TEL AVIV – Stop the violent protests or Israel will respond harshly, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) warned Gazans demonstrators in an Arabic-language video Tuesday, adding that they might consider protesting against their oppressive Hamas government instead.

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Iran Says U.S. Not Welcome at Syria Peace Talks

The post-Obama power axis in the Middle East continues taking shape. On Tuesday, President Obama’s respected negotiating partners in Tehran declared the U.S. would not be welcome at Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week.

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Russia Announces Temporary Halt of Aleppo Bombing

After the latest news of horrible civilian carnage in Aleppo, Syria, including an airstrike that killed 20 members of the same family, Russia has announced it will temporarily suspend airstrikes. The move has been presented as an opportunity for rebel forces to pull out of the city, but the rebels refuse to leave.

SYRIA, ALEPPO : Syrian emergency personnel secure a street after rockets reportedly fired by rebels hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the government-controlled neighbourhood of Muhafaza in the northern city of Aleppo on May 3, 2016. The rebel fire on the hospital killed at least three women and wounded another 17 people, state news agency SANA said. / AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN

U.S., Russia Extend Syrian ‘Cessation of Hostilities’ to Aleppo

Despite the much-touted “cessation of hostilities” agreement in Syria, which was supposed to halt attacks from all parties except ISIS and al-Qaeda, furious battles between rebels and Syrian government forces continue to inflict heavy casualties in the strategically vital city of Aleppo.

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Russia Accuses U.S. of Bombing Syrian Civilians

Facing accusations that their own brutal air campaign has inflicted heavy civilian casualties around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo, creating a new stream of refugees en route to Turkey and Europe, the Russians blamed American warplanes for bombing civilian areas in Aleppo on Wednesday.

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U.S. Advocacy Group Claims Russia Bombed Its Syrian Office

A U.S. non-governmental organization called the Syrian Emergency Task Force told Foreign Policy their field office in the Idlib province was hit by a Russian airstrike on Saturday. Other civilian damage in the area has been reported, and the strike is being cited as evidence Russia is not focusing its attention on Islamic State targets, as it frequently claims.