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Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospital as Russian-backed assault intensifies


BEIRUT Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked a major Aleppo hospital out of service on Wednesday, hospital workers said, and ground forces intensified an assault on the city's besieged rebel sector, in a battle that has become a potentially decisive turning point in the civil war.


Turkey to complete Syria border wall within five months, official says 2:24pm BST

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.


Syrian rebels get new rockets from foreign states - commander 12:21pm BST

BEIRUT Foreign states have given Syrian rebels surface-to-surface Grad rockets of a type not previously supplied to them in response to a major Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo, a rebel commander told Reuters on Wednesday.


Syrian government launches Aleppo ground attack 27 Sep 2016

BEIRUT Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire. | Video


U.S. announces $364 million more in aid for Syrians 27 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was providing an additional $364 million (279.68 million pounds) in humanitarian assistance to help Syrians caught up in the country's civil war, bringing total U.S. humanitarian spending for Syria to about $5.9 billion.

WHO, Red Cross say urgent to evacuate wounded from east Aleppo 27 Sep 2016

GENEVA The World Health Organization (WHO) and Red Cross called on Tuesday for dozens of sick and wounded people in the embattled eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo to be evacuated safely for treatment.


Boris Johnson wants 'jumbo' free trade deal with Turkey 27 Sep 2016

ANKARA Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday he hoped for a "jumbo" free trade deal with Turkey and backed Ankara's policy on Syria, seeking to bolster ties with the European Union candidate country after Britain's vote to leave the bloc.


Gulf may arm rebels now Syria truce is dead - U.S. officials 27 Sep 2016

WASHINGTON The collapse of the latest Syria ceasefire has heightened the possibility that Gulf states might arm Syrian rebels with shoulder-fired missiles to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes, U.S. officials said on Monday.


Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo 26 Sep 2016

CARTAGENA, Colombia/BEIRUT U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended his efforts to negotiate with Moscow over the war in Syria on Monday, despite the collapse of a ceasefire that has led to a massive Russian-backed assault on the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo.

Just 30 doctors struggle to treat wounded in eastern Aleppo 26 Sep 2016

GENEVA Only 30 doctors remain in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, where they are in dire need of medical and surgical supplies to treat hundreds of wounded people among a trapped population of 300,000, Syrian doctors said on Monday.

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Syrian government launches Aleppo ground attack

Syrian troops and allied militias attack the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts including near its historic citadel -- the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new military campaign. Mana Rabiee reports.