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More than 115,000 people have been killed in Syria’s civil war

At least 115,206 people have been killed in Syria’s devastating 30-month conflict, most of them fighters from both sides, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented the deaths of 115,206 people from the start of Syria’s revolution on March 18, 2011 to September…

Women and children killed in shelling near Damascus: report

AFP – At least 15 civilians, including a child and three women, died on Sunday in shelling of towns east of Damascus, a monitoring group said, while tanks pounded rebel enclaves on the Syrian capital’s edges. The army said it had laid siege to rebels east of Damascus, although the…

Syria pounds protest city hours before Kofi Annan visit

Syrian troops heavily shelled the northwestern protest city of Idlib early Saturday, in an apparent prelude to a ground assault just hours before the scheduled arrival of international peace envoy Kofi Annan, a watchdog and an activist said. “It’s the heaviest bombardment since troop reinforcements were sent to Idlib earlier…

‘Terrifying explosions’ in Syria’s Homs

Syrian regime forces pounded rebel districts of the flashpoint central city of Homs for a 20th straight day on Thursday, a watchdog said, as activists spoke of “terrifying explosions”. The neighbourhood of “Baba Amr, as well as parts of Inshaat have been shelled since 07:00 am (0500 GMT), while mortar…

Syria resumes shelling after rejecting peace force

Regime forces resumed their assault on the Syrian protest city of Homs on Monday, activists said, after Damascus rejected an Arab plan to send a peacekeeping force to the unrest-hit country. Shortly before sunrise, the army launched mortars into Baba Amr, a rebel stronghold in the central city, as forces…

Violence keeps Syria on edge, Arab mission in doubt

AMMAN (Reuters) – Scattered violence broke out on Friday in Syria, where Arab peace monitors have completed a month-long mission, ahead of Muslim prayers that are often followed by demonstrations for and against President Bashar al-Assad. Security forces prevented prayers at the Omari mosque in the southern town of Deraa,…

Syria forces use ‘nail bombs’ on protesters

Syrian forces fired nail bombs to disperse tens of thousands of protesters Friday in the Damascus suburb of Douma and the demonstrators retaliated with stones, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 24 protesters were hurt when the security forces fired the “nail bombs to…

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