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Families of detainees detail a vision for justice in Syria

Families of detainees detail a vision for justice in Syria

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BEIRUT -- Late one night in 2015, a friend of Yasmen Almashan tagged a photo to her Facebook account. The notification ended a tormented wait for a sign from her brother, detained three years earlier by Syrian troops.The photo of Okba, Almashan’s older brother, was among thousands of graphic images of the emaciated and bloodied corpses of detainees in the prisons of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The photos were smuggled out by a sympathetic forensic photographer codenamed Caesar.The photo brought some relief, Almashan said. Okba’s bruised eyes, stubble, and relatively unchanged weight indicated he died soon after his detention, so the torture didn’t last long.It also meant the wait for his return was over. “The wait was full of hope, anticipation, and it kept us in our place, costing us m
Truck bombing kills more than a dozen people in Syria

Truck bombing kills more than a dozen people in Syria

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Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A two human rights watchdog groups said Tuesday a powerful truck explosion in Syria killed nearly 20 people and injured dozens more. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bomb exploded Tuesday morning in the city of Al-Bab in Aleppo province, which is controlled by Turkey and factions of the so-called "Euphrates Shield." Advertisement The explosion occurred near the Othman mosque near the center of the city. The SOHR said the death toll could rise. The Syrian Civil Defense, known as the White Helmets, placed the death toll at 19 and more than 70 injured. The group said several of the injured are in serious condition. United Nations Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Cutts denounced the bombing. "We condemn in the strongest terms these on...
‘Assad has ruined everything’: Inside the buffer zone keeping a tenuous hold on stability in northern Syria

‘Assad has ruined everything’: Inside the buffer zone keeping a tenuous hold on stability in northern Syria

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If there are symbols of just how indebted the Syrian opposition forces are to Turkey, then the new army base in Aleppo Province for its elite Al Hamza division is evidence of this.The Turkish red crescent flag is given as much prominence as the Syrian opposition one. In the grand greeting rooms where commanders and visiting dignitaries will meet to discuss tactics, it is the Turkish flag which is placed side-by-side with that of the opposition's.Sky News was given an exclusive tour of the base which is due to open in less than three weeks.We're shown conference rooms where "training on prisoners of war" will be given as well as lectures on military manoeuvres. ...
China, Russia veto extending aid routes to Syria

China, Russia veto extending aid routes to Syria

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July 10 (UPI) -- China and Russia on Friday vetoed a U.N. Security Council measure to provide cross-border aid to Syria for the next six months. They were the only two countries of the 15-nation council to vote against the aid. Advertisement It was the third time either Russia or China has voted against such a measure this week. The U.N. authorization for cross-border aid transport expires later Friday. The International Rescue Committee called it a "dark day" for Syrian civilians. "Four million people in the northwest rely on cross-border aid to survive; in Idlib, civilians beleaguered by a decade of war live in cramped conditions and are in extremely poor health, putting them at increased risk of the worst effects of" COVID-19, the New York City-based organization said. There are two o...
Russia-Turkey truce holds in Syria despite minor violations

Russia-Turkey truce holds in Syria despite minor violations

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Opposition activists and a war monitor reported a complete absence of Russian and Syrian government warplanes in the skies of Idlib and a relative calm in the areaByThe Associated PressMarch 6, 2020, 10:13 AM3 min readBEIRUT -- Opposition activists and a war monitor reported a complete absence of Russian and Syrian government warplanes in the skies of Idlib and a relative calm in the area Friday morning, following a cease-fire deal brokered by Turkey and Russia that halted a terrifying campaign of bombing from above. Airstrikes over the past three months killed hundreds and sent a million people fleeing toward the Turkish border during the Russia-backed Syrian government assault on the country's last rebel stronghold. Although warplanes no longer flew sorties overhead, the activists said ...