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Airstrike on Syria's main rebel enclave kills 2 paramedics

Jun. 26, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit an ambulance in northwest Syria on Wednesday, killing two members of the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense and wounding four others in the last major rebel stronghold in the country, Civil Defense and opposition activists said. The Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets,...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

2 ambulance workers killed in strikes on Syria rebel enclave

Jun. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescuers say at least two ambulance workers and several other civilians, including children, have been killed in government airstrikes in the last rebel stronghold in the country's northwest. The Syrian Civil Defense, known as White Helmets, said Thursday's airstrikes killed 16,...

UN aid chief says 'humanitarian disaster' unfolding in Idlib

Jun. 18, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief declared Tuesday that "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding in Syria's last rebel-held territory where Bashar Assad's forces have launched an offensive, ending a cease-fire negotiated by Turkey and Russia in September. Mark Lowcock told the Security...

Syrian insurgents shell government-held rural area, kill 12

Jun. 17, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian insurgents fired rockets into residential parts of the government-held northern province of Aleppo, striking a wedding party and killing at least 12 civilians and wounding 15, state media said Monday. The attack late Sunday took place in the village of Wadehi, south of Aleppo...

Turkish post in Idlib hit 'deliberately' by Syrian attack

Jun. 16, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey said Syrian government forces "deliberately" attacked on Sunday a Turkish military observation post in northwestern Syria. In a statement, the defense ministry said Turkish troops responded with "heavy weapons" after the artillery attack in Idlib province. Syrian forces launched an...

Syria violence kills dozens of troops and civilians in north

Jun. 15, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Government airstrikes, intense shelling and fighting on the ground in rebel-held areas in northwest Syria claimed the lives of dozens of people Saturday, Syrian opposition activists said. Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a...

Turkish post in Syria's Idlib hit by mortar fire; 3 wounded

Jun. 13, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Syria on Thursday that it would respond if attacks in Syria's northwestern Idlib province continue, after a Turkish observation post in the region was attacked by mortar shells, which Turkey's Defense Ministry said were fired from areas under Syrian government control. A...

Syria violence interrupts food distribution in some areas

Jun. 11, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian warplanes struck rebel-held towns and villages in the country's northwest Tuesday and the World Food Program said weekslong violence has hampered some of its activities in the area. WFP said in a statement that due to the latest wave of violence that broke out on April 30, the U.N....

Syrian soccer goalie who became rebel icon dies in battle

Jun. 8, 2019 9:09 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian soccer goalkeeper who became an icon of the rebellion against President Bashar Assad has died of wounds suffered in a battle with government forces, the rebels said Saturday. Abdelbaset Sarout, 27, rose to fame as a player for his home city of Homs and won international titles...