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Syrian jihadist fighters attack Alawite civilians

Twelve civilians from Syria’s Alawite minority, to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs, have been killed by jihadist fighters in the central province of Homs, a Syrian NGO said Wednesday. Fighters from the Al-Nusra Front and another rebel group attacked three Alawite villages near the city of Homs Tuesday, the Syrian…

UN Security Council votes to send troops to Syria to enforce ceasefire

Conal Urquhart, guardian.co.uk The UN security council has voted unanimously to send to 30 military observers to Syria to monitor the country’s fragile ceasefire. Russia and China joined the other 13 security council members and voted in favour of the draft resolution on Saturday. Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the…

Syria forces ‘kill 58 civilians,’ Red Cross calls for truce

DAMASCUS — Syrian forces killed 58 civilians Tuesday as they blitzed the city of Homs and a village in Idlib province, monitors said, as the Red Cross sought a truce to deliver aid and the UN demanded access for humanitarian workers. The latest killings came as Russia, a key ally…

‘God help us’: appeal from Syria’s Homs

BEIRUT — Residents of Homs on Monday described scenes of panic and carnage in the city of central Syria undergoing a fierce assault by government troops, urging outside powers to intervene to halt the bloodshed. “What is happening is indescribable,” said Wael, a resident reached by telephone. “Security forces have…

Syria says pipeline blown up by rebel saboteurs

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Syrian pipeline carrying oil from the east of the country to a vital refinery in Homs was blown up Thursday in what the official news agency SANA said was an act of sabotage by an armed terrorist group. Opposition activists said flames and clouds of thick…

34 Syrians seized by militia found dead: report

Thirty-four Syrians abducted by pro-regime “shabiha” militiamen on Monday were found dead in the flashpoint central city of Homs, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The Britain-based watchdog said an activist on the ground reported seeing “the bodies of 34 civilians, in a square in the pro-regime neighbourhood of…

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