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Six children among 33 dead in Syria: rights group  BEIRUT: Shelling in the town of Herak, south of Damascus, killed six children on Tuesday, a human rights watchdog said, taking the death toll nationwide to 33 as helicopters strafed second city Aleppo. "At least seven civilians, including six children, were killed by regime forces shelling of the besieged town of Herak," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A video the Britain-based watchdog distributed showed the bodies of dead children, including a young girl in a pink and white dress, lying on a blood-smeared floor, the faces of some of them covered in blood. "Herak has been under shelling for 10 days," an unidentified man says in the amateur video. "The world is watching. Where are the Arabs and Muslims when these children are killed during Ramadan?" he pleaded, referring to the Muslim holy month which began last week. "Where is Islam? You see these children in the blossom of their youth? "Bashar, I hope ...

Jordan should avoid military role in Syria: analysts  AMMAN: The spike in violence in Syria has triggered alarm bells in Jordan that it could be dragged into the conflict with "severe" repercussions, analysts say. Watching the unrest in neighbouring Syria with great concern, Jordan's King Abdullah II as well as government officials said security along the northern border had been tightened. "Jordan is closely monitoring developments in Syria. We will guarantee that they will not have any security, humanitarian or social impact on the kingdom," ...
Syrian rebels fight Assad AMMAN: Rebels launched an offensive on Tuesday to take over downtown Aleppo, battling Syrian army and intelligence personnel at the gates of the Old City, a United Nations World Heritage site, residents and opposition activists said. In the northern outskirts of Aleppo, Syria's main commercial and industrial hub, President Bashar al-Assad's forces put down an overnight a mutiny at the city's prison, killing 15 prisoners with tear gas and machineguns, activists in contact with surviving prisoners ...
At least 14 killed in Syria violence on Tuesday: NGO  BEIRUT: At least 14 people were killed in violence across Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, while putting the death toll nationwide for the previous day at 116. The Britain-based Observatory said those killed on Tuesday included four civilians and one rebel in the northern city of Aleppo, four civilians in Damascus, a rebel in Deir Ezzor and four Syrian army soldiers in Idlib. The opposition Syrian National Council Tuesday also reported at ...
Assad moves chemical weapons to border: Syria rebels BEIRUT: The Syrian government has moved chemical weapons to airports on its borders, the rebel Free Syrian Army said on Tuesday, a day after the regime warned it could use them if attacked by an outside force. "We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons," a statement from the FSA said. "We also reveal that President Bashar al-Assad has transferred some of ...
Use of chemical weapons in Syria would be reprehensible: Ban  BELGRADE: UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would be "reprehensible" after Damascus raised the possibility of using such arms if there was an attack from outside. "It would be reprehensible if anybody in Syria is contemplating (the) use of such weapons of mass destruction like chemical weapons," Ban told reporters in Belgrade on the fourth leg of his Balkans tour. Earlier Monday, Syria acknowledged it had chemical weapons and ...
Iraqi PM orders all borders open to Syria refugees  AL-WALEED: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has told Iraq's border officials to allow Syrian refugees into the county, a senior border commander said. "The order came 30 minutes ago," General Issam Yassim told Reuters at Iraq's southern Al-Waleed border crossing with Syria, 560 km west of Baghdad. He said it applied to all Iraqi border crossings with Syria. Al-Waleed, one of Iraq's three main border crossings with Syria, is held by Syrian government forces and has been the ...


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