More than 12,500 people flee southwestern Syria in 48 hours

MOSCOW, BEIRUT: Thousands of people have fled opposition-held areas of southwestern Syria being targeted by regime bombardment, a war monitor said on Thursday, as Damascus steps up attacks on an area near the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said some 12,500 people

Assad’s forces escalate their attacks in the southwest

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12,500 civilians had fled the

U.N. says Syrian government committed war crimes & crimes against humanity by deliberately starving civilians

GENEVA (Reuters) - Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and "deliberately starving" 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday. About 20,000 rebel fighters entrenched in the besieged area, some belonging to "terrorist groups",

U.S. warns Syria in response to ceasefire violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States warned Syria on Friday it would take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to ceasefire violations, saying it was concerned about reports of an impending military operation in a de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest. Washington also cautioned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against broadening the

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