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At least 53 civilians including 28 children, have been killed in fierce bombardment on Friday that targeted rebel-held areas of northern Syria, a war monitor said updating an earlier toll.

Syrian state TV reported that anti-aircraft missiles engaged with an 'enemy target' near the Lebanese border, while not specifying who was responsible.

Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for 'reconciliation'

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Leaflets dropped over Syria's Idlib call for 'reconciliation'

Helicopters dropped leaflets over parts of the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, calling on residents to reconcile with the regime as warplanes simultaneously pounded the region.

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Sam Hamad

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Comment: By allowing French aid to be directly distributed by the Russian army, France's president Macron is endorsing Russian hegemony over ...

Names released of 8,000 Syrians 'tortured to death'

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Names released of 8,000 Syrians 'tortured to death'

Zaman al-Wasl and the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria have released the names of 8,000 prisoners who were tortured to death in regime ...

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Evacuation buses enter pro-regime Syria villages after deal: SANA

Around 6,000 people will leave the majority Shia villages of Fuaa and Kafraya

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'Deal reached' to evacuate two besieged pro-regime Syria towns

Thousands of people will be evacuated from two besieged pro-regime towns in Syria in exchange for the release of prisoners held in government ...

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Syria rebels behead suspected IS militants following Idlib assassinations

Four suspected IS militants were beheaded by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham this weekend, following a wave of assassinations of rebel leaders in Idlib ...

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Syria state media: Israel bombs military post in Aleppo

Syrian state media accused Israel of targeting a military airport in north Syria.

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul ...

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Daraa rebels announce return to talks with regime

Talks with regime ally Russia broke down on Wednesday, with unprecedented air strikes following as part of the regime's carrot-and-stick ...

Russia strikes Daraa after failure of talks with rebels

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Russia strikes Daraa after failure of talks with rebels

The talks broke down after rebels declined to surrender heavy weapons in exchange for the Syrian regime halting its weeks-long offensive in ...

Syria rebels mull tough Russian ceasefire terms for Daraa

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Syria rebels mull tough Russian ceasefire terms for Daraa

Regime backer Russia is brokering the talks, which along with military operations have been used to recapture 60 percent of the southern Syrian ...

Syria woman becomes first elected head of opposition council

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Syria woman becomes first elected head of opposition council

A candidate in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo has become the first woman to be elected head of a local council in a ...

Syrian rebels agree to surrender Daraa towns to regime

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian rebels agree to surrender Daraa towns to regime

Syrian rebels have agreed to handover the town of Ibta to Bashar al-Assad's regime, with other areas expected to surrender as part of a Russian ...

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Russia gives Syria rebels 12-hour ultimatum to surrender Daraa

Russia has given Syrian rebels in Daraa 12 hours to surrender, with a temporary ceasefire announced in the south of the country.

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Syrian orphans who fled Aleppo find new home

Nearly 50 children orphaned by the Syrian war escaped their hometown of Aleppo after they appeared in a video and appealed for their ...

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Nearly one million Syrians displaced in 2018, UN says

More than 920,000 people were displaced inside Syria during the first four months of 2018, the highest level in the seven-year conflict.

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Gunmen kill five White Helmet rescue workers in Aleppo

The rescue workers were killed in a part of Aleppo under Tahrir al-Sham's control that has seen an uptick in targeted assassinations.

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

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Syria rebels surrender arms in new deal with regime

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Syrian rebels began surrendering their heavy weapons after reaching a new deal with ...

Car bomb kills 2 outside aid centre in Syria

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Car bomb kills 2 outside aid centre in Syria

A car bomb exploded outside a relief centre in northwest Syria on Thursday, killing at least two people including an employee of the ...

Where will Idlib's civilians go when Assad strikes?

Sam Hamad

Where will Idlib's civilians go when Assad strikes?

Comment: In Idlib, the Assad regime will play on the presence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups, to justify their use of massive force to target ...

Syria deal sees captives released, militants evacuate capital districts

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Syria deal sees captives released, militants evacuate capital districts

Over three dozen Syrians held for years by al-Qaeda-linked insurgents have been released as part of a deal to hand over areas around Damascus ...

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