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Children among victims of air strike in Syria ALEPPO: The bodies of seven children lie under fly-ridden blankets in the back of a yellow pick-up outside an Aleppo hospital, the latest victims of government air strikes on Syria's second city. "This is all one family," says tailor Hassan Dalati, who survived the raid on Al-Sultan street in the heart of the city of 2.7 million people. First, the body of the children's father, identified as Fawaz Hujju, is brought out on to the pavement outside the bombed-out family home, along with that of one of his children. Moments later fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army carry out the body of the mother from the shattered home, then those of the rest of the children. A hurried funeral ensues at a cemetery in the east of the city. The 10 lifeless bundles are buried quickly and unceremoniously. "So many children, it is a massacre," says a nurse in Aleppo city with tears in ...

Lebanon PM protests Syrian violations  BEIRUT: Lebanon's premier said on Monday that Beirut will urgently protest to Damascus over Syria's violations of its territory, warning of "negative repercussions" on the stability of the border areas. "Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked the ambassador of Lebanon to Damascus Michel Khoury... to send an urgent letter to the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to say that Syrian posts continue to shell Lebanese border villages," he said in a statement. "These violations could have negative repercussions... ...
Lebanon smoking ban enters into force  BEIRUT: A smoking ban in all closed public spaces, including coffee shops, restaurants and bars, went into force in Lebanon on Monday under new legislation that promises hefty fines for lawbreakers. Endorsed by Lebanon's parliament last year, the law also bans tobacco advertisements, which have been criticised for luring young people into smoking. Smokers caught lighting up in a closed public space face a $90 penalty, while restaurant or cafe owners who turn a blind eye to ...
Damascus bombing timeline  DAMASCUS: A timeline of the deadliest bomb attacks in and around the Syrian capital: - December 23, 2011: Suicide bombers blow up two vehicles at security service premises in Damascus. Forty-four people die and 166 are injured, with civilians and security personnel among the casualties. - January 6, 2012: A suicide bomber blows himself up in the crowded Midan neighbourhood of the capital, killing 26 people and wounding 46. - March 17: Two huge bomb blasts kill at ...
Red Cross chief headed to Syria, to meet Assad: ICRC  GENEVA: The new head of the International Committee of the Red Cross will travel to Damascus on Monday and will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the following day, his office said. "Peter Maurer arrives today (Monday) in Syria for a three-day visit, the first since he took up his duties as president on July 1," the ICRC said in a statement, adding that Maurer would meet Assad and other top Syrian officials. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Red Cross chief heads to Syria for talks with Assad GENEVA: The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross begins a three-trip to Syria on Monday to try to improve access for aid workers to civilians in the war-torn country, the ICRC said. Peter Maurer, a former senior Swiss diplomat who took over the independent agency from Jakob Kellenberger on July 1, will hold talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other senior officials in Damascus, an ICRC statement said. "Talks will mainly tackle the ...
Kurd rebels attack Turkey security post: sources DIYARBAKIR: Kurdish rebels armed with machine-guns and rocket launchers attacked a security complex in southeastern Turkey overnight, triggering fierce clashes that left about 29 people dead, local sources said Monday. "Nine security agents were killed and eight others wounded," said Vahdettin Ozkan, governor of Sirnak province, while other local sources said about 20 members of the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) had also died. Ozkan said a group of rebels attacked the security complex at Beytussebap, killing ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
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