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NATO deploys Patriot as warplanes hit Syria capital

NATO declared that a Patriot missile battery went operational on Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday, as a watchdog reported regime warplanes launched raids on a Damascus district. Britain, meanwhile, pledged a multi-million dollar aid package to help Syrian civilians, nearly half of which would be channelled through agencies in…

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…

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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