Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

Syria war: Air strikes resume hours after UN approves ceasefire

Media captionRawaa has been living in a basement with around 75 others for months Air strikes by the Syrian government on a rebel-held enclave have continued despite a ceasefire resolution passed by the UN Security Council on Friday. Hundreds of people have died in a week of bombardment of the Eastern Ghouta enclave near the […]

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Saleh Muslim: Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague

Image caption Mr Muslim is a former co-chair of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) A prominent Syrian-Kurdish leader has been arrested in the Czech capital Prague on a warrant issued by Turkey. Saleh Muslim, a former co-chair of the main Syrian-Kurdish movement, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested early on Sunday. The Turkish […]

Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire

Syria war: UN Security Council approves 30-day ceasefire

Media captionRawaa has been living in a basement with around 75 others for months The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations. However, some of the biggest jihadist rebel groups, and their associates, are not covered by the truce, raising questions […]

Syria war: Air strikes in Eastern Ghouta ‘kill 500’

Syria war: Air strikes in Eastern Ghouta ‘kill 500’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Eastern Ghouta has seen one of fiercest assaults of the Syrian war over the past week Syrian government forces have killed more than 500 civilians during a week of intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Damascus, activists say. The victims in the Eastern Ghouta include 121 children, says […]

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Syria war: Ghouta pounded as UN tussles over ceasefire

Media caption“At least in heaven there’s food”: The children caught up in Eastern Ghouta air strikes The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day. Russia wanted changes to a draft that calls for a 30-day calm to […]

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Fear of war looms over Syria neighbours, Iran says

Media captionMr Araghchi said Iran was working to reduce tension in the Syrian rebel-held area of the Eastern Ghouta Iran’s deputy foreign minister says the situation with its ally Syria is “very complicated” amid growing concern a wider regional war could erupt. “Fear of war is everywhere in our region,” Abbas Araghchi told the BBC. […]

Israel foiled ‘plane terror plot’ in Australia

Israel foiled ‘plane terror plot’ in Australia

Image copyright AFP Image caption Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says his country helped stop “an unimaginable slaughter” Israel helped avert an alleged terror plot in Australia to bring down a plane last year, both nations have confirmed. Last July, Australian police charged two brothers over an alleged plan to blow up an Etihad Airways flight […]

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Netanyahu aide ‘agrees to turn state’s witness’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Schlomo Filber (L) reportedly alleges the PM pressed him to help the Bezeq telecoms giant A close aide to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to testify against him in one of several corruption cases, Israeli media report. Schlomo Filber is said to have turned state’s witness in what […]

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Syria war: UN plea to end ‘hell on earth’ Eastern Ghouta crisis

Media captionYoung children have been found buried in the rubble The UN Secretary General has demanded an immediate end to fighting in the Eastern Ghouta in Syria, describing the rebel enclave as a “hell on earth”. “My appeal to all those involved is for an immediate suspension of all war activities,” Antonio Guterres told the […]

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘catastrophic’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: “Missiles are dropping like rain” A doctor working in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta says the situation is “catastrophic” – and he believes the international community has abandoned the people living there. “We don’t have anything – no food, no medicine, no shelter,” Dr Bassam told the BBC. […]

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