Syria

Syria: Assad’s party wins expected majority in parliamentary polls

Syria’s ruling Baath party and its allies have won a widely expected majority in parliamentary elections that were held across government-controlled areas of the war-torn country, according to the results announced on Tuesday. President Bashar al-Assad’s party and allied candidates, who contested the election under the “National Unity” list, won 177 of the 250 seats in Sunday’s vote. Turnout stood at 33%, as compared to ...

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Draft UN resolution urges reopening of Iraq-Syria border crossing

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Officials have called for a key border crossing connecting Iraq with Kurdish-administered areas of northern Syria, also known as Rojava, to be reopened for aid amid severe food and medical shortages. Germany and Belgium submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council in mid-June which would reopen the al-Yarubiyah crossing, connecting Rojava with Rabia in Nineveh ...

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Dozens killed in Daesh, regime clashes in Syria

BEIRUT: Clashes between Russia-backed Syrian regime forces and the Daesh group have killed more than 40 fighters on the two sides in just 48 hours, a Britain-based war monitor said Saturday. Fighting and Russian air strikes in the central desert province of Homs since late Thursday have taken the lives of 18 pro-government fighters and 26 extremists, the Syrian Observatory ...

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After nine years of war, millions in Syria face starvation

As the brutal war in Syria approaches its 10th year, millions of Syrians are on the brink of starvation as a result of regional turmoil, skyrocketing inflation and continued U.S. sanctions – all on top of the coronavirus pandemic. The compounding crises could soon trigger another round of mass exodus leading to a new refugee crisis spilling into Europe, the ...

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Syrian regime tightens grip on Damascus merchants

  Talal al-Barazi’s attending most important economic activities and meeting with the major traders in Damascus, on 15 June, as well as his statements which  were described as “transparent” by members of the Damascus Chamber of Commerce, was not a coincidence or merely a periodic visit to the chamber. But it was under the aim of urging merchants to participate ...

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Syrian envoy in Lebanon expresses confidence in winning over Caesar Act

BEIRUT, June 26 (Xinhua) — Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdel Karim Ali said Friday he is sure that Syria will win over Caesar Act which defends Israeli aggressions and American ambitions in the region, the National News Agency reported. “The U.S. aims to impose its hegemony on the world,” he said during a ceremony held by Palestinian factions in ...

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US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia offers rare apology to rivals amid unity talks

The leading Kurdish militia in northeast Syria has apologized for its actions against an opposition Kurdish political party that resulted in the deaths of several civilians in 2013. The gesture by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) is aimed at accelerating a US-brokered political reconciliation process between its political arm, the Democratic Unity Party (PYD), and an alliance of opposition parties ...

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Qatar takes part in meeting to support Syria

Brussels: The State of Qatar participated in the “Supporting Syrian Resilience: From Life-Saving to LifeSustaining” meeting, which was organised by the Middle East and North Africa Division at the UK Department for International Development. Head of Mission of the State of Qatar to the European Union, H E Ambassador Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, represented Qatar in the meeting, which ...

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‘Ayouni’, the documentary film that puts a face to Syria’s forcibly disappeared

For six years, Fedda filmed these two women, who did not know each other but were brought together by a common tragedy. “I had started a project on Father Dall’Oglio, a friend of mine, when we learned of his kidnapping. My film then took a different turn,” the director told FRANCE 24. From Iraq to Italy through Lebanon and the ...

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Syria risks another wave of migration, UN food agency warns

The humanitarian situation in Syria is set to worsen unless more international aid is able to reach the population, the United Nations food agency chief told the Associated Press ahead of an international donor conference next week. World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley told the AP an increasing number of Syrians, at least one million, are “literally on the brink ...

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