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Aid convoy enters Nubl and al-Zahraa towns after breaking the siege and Russian warplanes kill 16 Nusra fighters

Aleppo Province: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a convoy of humanitarian aid entered the towns of Nubl and al-Zahraa in the northern countryside of Aleppo which are inhabited by Shiite citizens, and which the regime forces, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah and gunmen others loyal to them were able a few days ago to break the siege of …

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Syria now. Calls for the lifting of sieges. Syria crisis 2016

  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says that, as a matter of urgency, and because of overwhelming humanitarian needs, all sieges being carried out across Syria must be ended. The appeal comes after access was granted earlier this week to three towns in the country which have been under siege for months. The populations in all three …

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ICRC Syria news: Syria: 60,000 people given aid in Homs after ceasefire agreement

  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have started to deliver food and other aid to thousands of people in the Al-Waer district of Homs after a ceasefire agreement was reached between the Government of Syria and armed opposition groups. The Al-Waer Local Committees helped broker the deal. The district had …

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From Syria to Bradford: A refugee family’s tale

Last week it was revealed that almost half the Syrian refugees who have resettled in the UK have been housed in one area of Bradford. Of the 216 refugees given sanctuary so far under the government’s Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme 106 have been resettled by one organisation – the Horton Housing Association, based in Little Horton. BBC Look North communities …

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First day of school in Syria: ‘With what pupils have seen, aggression is common’

Ghina al-Imam on her first day at school in Damascus. Photograph: Razan Rashidi/Unicef

hina al-Imam is six and has adorable bunches in her hair, but she was sobbing quietly and her face was streaked with tears on her first day at school in Damascus. The teachers were considering whether to call her mother – her mobile phone number is pinned carefully to the child’s blue tunic – but by the mid-morning break they …

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Obama’s new Middle East mantra: Caught by surprise

“Surprise surprise, you’re much better looking when you’re in disguise” is becoming more than a good song for the Canadian punk rock band “Billy Talent” and could sum up the Obama administration’s policy (or lack thereof) in responding to current Middle East turmoil. “We were caught by surprise” has become the chorus of U.S. officials in attempting to defend a …

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