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Summary of events in Syria  DAMASCUS: Main events in the Syrian conflict on Wednesday: - In the northern commercial hub Aleppo, the army bombards the districts of Hanano, Shaar, Sakhur, Masaken al-Fardos and Kalasseh, injuring several people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. - In the capital Damascus, rebels withdraw from the southern districts of Al-Hajar al-Aswad and Assali, after weeks of heavy combat and shelling, while the army bombarded districts oF the city and adjacent areas, the Observatory says. A network of activists, the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC), describes as "disaster areas" the Al-Hajar al-Aswad, Qadam and Assali districts, accusing the regime of "carrying out a series of summary executions" in the south of the capital. It says that at least 200 people have been killed in the afflicted districts since the outbreak of violence there mid-summer. - Regime forces shell the eastern region of Deir Ezzor, Latakia and Idlib in the northwest, Homs and ...

Syria rebels seize Turkish border crossing  ANKARA: Syrian rebels seized control of a border crossing on the Turkish frontier on Wednesday after clashes with troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, a Turkish official told AFP. Turkish media footage showed Syrian rebels pulling down the Syrian flag at the Tall al-Abyad border post on the main highway between the city of Raqa in northeastern Syria and the Turkish city of Sanliurfa. Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported that the rebels tore down Assad's pictures to ...
US says Belarus supplies munitions to Syrian govt  WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday accused a Belarus state-owned firm of supplying munitions to the Syrian government, as it announced new sanctions focused on the Syrian conflict. The US Treasury named Belarus firm Belvneshpromservice and the Syrian military's Army Supply Service for sanctions under US executive order 13382 that identifies targets as proliferators or supporters of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction. The Treasury said Belvneshpromservice had supplied fuses for aerial bombs used by the Syrian ...
Israel shuts east Jerusalem checkpoint despite protests JERUSALEM: Israel on Wednesday closed a key checkpoint allowing Palestinians from an east Jerusalem neighbourhood access to the city centre, despite protests from residents and Israeli rights groups. Last month, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel issued "an urgent plea" to authorities to keep the Ras Khamis checkpoint open, saying its closure would force tens of thousands of Palestinians to use a single crossing, two kilometres (more than a mile) away. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri confirmed ...
 Salehi meets embattled Syrian president DAMASCUS: Iran's foreign minister met embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, calling for a Syrian solution to the civil war, as a rights watchdog accused Damascus of waging "relentless, indiscriminate" attacks against its own people. Speaking on arriving in Damascus, Ali Akbar Salehi said a solution to the 18-month conflict lies "only in Syria and within the Syrian family." Salehi, who called this week for a simultaneous halt to the fighting by both regime and rebel forces, added this should be done ...
Attacks in Iraq kill five people BAGHDAD: Militants assaulted a police station north of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one policeman, as four people including two soldiers were shot dead in other attacks, security and medical officials said. Militants shelled the police station in Hibhib, the town where Al-Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in 2006, before attacking the facility with light and medium weapons, a colonel in the Diyala Operations Command said. One policeman was killed and two others were ...
UAE denies ban on low-income Asian tourists DUBAI: A top UAE official denied on Wednesday reports that the Gulf state had toughened visa rules for tourists from labour-exporting South Asians nations banning low-income visitors. General Nasser al-Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Nationality and Residency at the interior ministry said no changes have been made to the existing law for visas, WAM state news agency reported. "Any amendments or measures would be announced in advance," he said. The Gulf News daily had reported Tuesday that tourists from ...


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