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Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Syria war: Eastern Ghouta bombing ‘beyond imagination’

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The situation in the Syrian rebel enclave of the Eastern Ghouta is “beyond imagination”, the UN’s co-ordinator in Syria says, following days of bombing by Syria’s government. Panos Moumtzis told the BBC the bombardment near the capital Damascus, said to have killed at least 250 people, […]

Syria war: ‘250 killed’ in Eastern Ghouta bombardment

Syria war: ‘250 killed’ in Eastern Ghouta bombardment

Media captionEastern Ghouta resident: ‘Missiles are dropping like rain’ The death toll from two days of bombing by Syria’s government of a rebel-held area has risen to 250, reports say. It is the worst violence in the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus since 2013, according to activists. More than 50 children are among the dead, […]

Syria war: Pro-government forces enter Kurdish-held Afrin

Syria war: Pro-government forces enter Kurdish-held Afrin

Media captionPro-government forces waved Syrian flags as they entered Afrin, in footage posted by the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah Syrian pro-government forces have entered the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, provoking an immediate response from Turkish forces besieging the area. The government was asked for military help by a Kurdish militia that has been trying to […]

Syria war: Dozens of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes

Syria war: Dozens of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes

Media captionChildren were among those rescued after Monday’s air strikes in Eastern Ghouta Bombardments by Syrian government forces have killed dozens of civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus, activists say. At least 77 civilians, including 20 children, were killed in air strikes and rocket fire on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human […]

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines plane

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines plane

Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Rescue helicopters have been hit by bad weather high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to look for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Local government officials reported that the wreckage had been found, but a […]

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines jet

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines jet

Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Helicopters are trying to reach the crash site, which is high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to search for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Officials told state media that the wreckage had been found, […]

Afrin: Syria ‘sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey’

Afrin: Syria ‘sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey’

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria’s state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in […]

Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not […]

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

Iran plane crash: All 66 people on board feared dead

Image copyright Konstantin von Wedelstaedt Image caption Aseman operates the ATR 72-500 Sixty-six people are feared to have been killed in a passenger plane crash in the Zagros mountains in Iran. The Aseman Airlines plane, en route from Tehran to the south-western city of Yasuj, came down near the city of Semirom in Isfahan province. […]

Israel’s Netanyahu attacks ‘dangerous Iranian tiger’

Israel’s Netanyahu attacks ‘dangerous Iranian tiger’

Media captionMr Netanyahu said Iran was falsely denying that it sent a drone into Israeli territory last week Israel’s prime minister has launched a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich it is the “greatest threat to our world”. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would “not allow Iran’s regime to put a noose […]

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