Sick and injured start leaving Syria’s besieged Ghouta

By Ellen Francis and Orhan Coskun BEIRUT/ANKARA, Mar 13 : Sick and injured civilians left a rebel enclave in Syria’s eastern Ghouta on Tuesday under the first medical evacuation since one of the deadliest assaults of the seven-year war began nearly a month ago. In another sign of success in the government’s mission to retake […]

Syrian army intensifies Ghouta assault – Syrian state TV

By Angus McDowall BEIRUT, March 10 : The Syrian army has intensified its operations in the central part of rebel-held eastern Ghouta, state television reported on Saturday, an area where it is close to cutting the enclave in two. A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the army had advanced into half […]

U.N. says Russia’s eastern Ghouta aid plan not enough

By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles GENEVA, March 1 : A Russian plan for a five-hour pause in fighting in Syria’s eastern Ghouta needs to be expanded to allow aid deliveries to enter and civilians and urgent medical cases to leave, United Nations officials said on Thursday. Hundreds of people have died in 11 days […]

Air strike kills Syrian family of nine in rebel-held Ghouta-monitor

By Tom Perry and Angus McDowall BEIRUT, Feb 26 : A family of nine was killed in a Syrian government strike on eastern Ghouta, a war monitor said on Monday, as Russia said a truce demanded by the United Nations Security Council would only take effect when all sides agreed how to implement it. Fighting […]

Air strikes pound Syria’s last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, Feb 5 : Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assad’s government […]