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Syrian clashes persist despite cease-fire

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/26/18, 10:54 am

Deadly airstrikes persisted Sunday in the Syrian rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta despite a United Nations Security Council resolution adopted Saturday that called for a 30-day cease-fire. Opposition activists reported fighting and two airstrikes in the region shortly after the UN adopted its resolution. “Eastern Ghouta cannot wait, it is high time to stop this hell on earth,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. The unrest continued overnight, and at least 24 people died in the last 24 hours, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Government shelling in Syria kills nearly 100

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/20/18, 10:40 am

Government airstrikes and shelling in the Syrian rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus killed at least 98 people Monday in the region’s deadliest day in three years, according to a monitoring group and health responders. The Syrian Civil Defense confirmed the deaths and said the casualties could be higher since more people remain beneath debris. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 720 people sustained injuries, some critical. The casualties include 20 children and 14 women.

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Drones, planes, missiles crash as Israel, Syria clash

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/10/18, 10:55 am

Tension flared in the Middle East on Saturday starting with an Iranian drone flying over Israel and culminating in Israel firing missiles at 12 military targets in Syria. Early Saturday, Israel shot down an Iranian drone that, according to an Israeli spokesman, was on a military mission in the Jewish state’s airspace. Anti-aircraft fire from across the Syrian border subsequently brought down an Israeli F-16 flying over northern Israel. One pilot was seriously wounded and another injured lightly when they abandoned the jet.

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