Syrians hold mass funeral for victims of Aleppo bombing

Published in Middle East
Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:44

Hundreds of Syrians have attended a funeral procession for those killed in a recent deadly bomb attack outside the Syrian city of Aleppo that targeted buses carrying evacuees from the militant-besieged Shia-majority towns of Kefraya and al-Foua.

The mourners performed prayers in the shrine of Sayyidah Zaynab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and laid the victims to rest in a cemetery in the town with the same name just outside the capital Damascus on Wednesday.

"Today, there will be funeral services for 52 of the dead, after they were identified. They will be buried in a cemetery near the shrine," said an organizer of the funeral.
At least 150 people, including 72 children, were killed on April 15, when a bomb attack hit buses waiting in the militant-held al-Rashideen district on the outskirts of Aleppo to cross into government-controlled territory.

Dozens of Casualties Reported in Aleppo Bomb Blast

Published in Middle East
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 11:29

A bomb exploded in Aleppo's Salah al-Din district on Wednesday, killing six and wounding 32 people, Syrian State Television reported.

The number of casualties was provided by the General Organization of Radio and TV news correspondent via social media, who classified the blast as a terrorist bombing, Sputnik reported.

Salah al-Din is located west of Aleppo's Old City. The district used to be the last territory held by militants until it was taken over by the Syrian army in December.

The blast came while the evacuation operation of residents of two Shiite villages was underway a few miles away in Rashidin, a southwestern suburb of the city.

On April 15, a blast occurred near a bus convoy evacuating residents of the besieged Shiite towns of Foua and Kefraya to Aleppo. Around 126 people were reportedly killed, with many women and at least 60 children among them.

On December 22, as the last militants left eastern Aleppo, the Syrian army gained full control over the city. Syrian President Bashar Assad called the liberation of Aleppo a "watershed moment."

Over 60 Children Killed in Aleppo Bus Convoy Bombing, UNICEF Says

Published in Middle East
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 17:09

The UN Children’s Fund has condemned the killing of more than 60 children in a recent Aleppo bomb attack targeting evacuees.

“After six years of war and human carnage in Syria… six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families… there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one,” the statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said.

“More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss,” the statement added, RT reported.

Lake urged not only for regret, but for action to ensure that the war ends soon, saying, “We must draw from this not only anger, but renewed determination to reach all the innocent children throughout Syria with help and comfort. And draw from it also the hope that all those with the heart and the power to end this war will do so.”

Pope Sends 100,000 Euros to Aleppo’s Poor

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:00

Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros ($106,000) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, a Vatican spokeswoman said in a statement Friday.

The Vatican administration, known as the Curia, contributed to the donation, which will be made through the papal charity office and the Franciscan order working in the Holy Land, Reuters reported.

On December 15, Syria announced the liberation of Aleppo from the foreign-backed terrorists, with President Bashar al-Assad praising the victory as “history in the making and worthy of more than the word congratulations.”

The Syrian security forces had encircled Aleppo in July 2016 after closing off the last terrorist-controlled route into the city.

Over the past almost six years, Syria has been fighting foreign-sponsored militancy. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the Syrian crisis until then. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.

Syria Army Recaptures Al-Jarrah Airbase in Aleppo

Published in Middle East
Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:32

Syrian government forces retook an airbase in the country’s northern province of Aleppo from Takfiri Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

A military source said Daesh terrorists withdrew from the small al-Jarrah military airport on Thursday as Syrian troopers launched an attack to reestablish control over it, Press TV reported.

Separately, Syrian army soldiers seized back control of 19 towns and villages on the eastern outskirts of the city of Aleppo. Among the liberated areas were Khafiya al-Hamar, al-Raihaniyah, Harna Shahab, and Ma’arba.

Syrian fighter jets also carried out a string of airstrikes against Daesh positions in the villages of al-Boeida Qlieb al-Thour and al-Lweibda in the west-central province of Hama.

More than 40 terrorists were killed and injured in the airstrikes. Seven pickup trucks, some equipped with 23mm-caliber machine guns, were destroyed as well.

Syrian jets bombarded the positions of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militant group — formerly known as al-Nusra Front — in the town of Kafr Zita and the village of al-Sayyiad. At least 13 terrorists were killed and more than 15 others were injured in the process.

Moreover, aerial attacks in al-Masasnieh Village left six Nusra Front militants dead and seven others injured.

Elsewhere, in the town of Khan Shaykhun in the northwestern province of Idlib, Syrian government forces killed five Nusra Front terrorists in a special operation.

Syrian soldiers, allied fighters recapture 18 villages in Aleppo

Published in Middle East
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:46

Syrian forces have regained control over more than a dozen villages in the country’s northern province of Aleppo.

On Monday, Syrian soldiers and allied fighters restored security and stability to 18 villages, including Jarkes, al-Ismailiyah, Abajah, Mazra’a Abajah and Abu Tinah, killing a large number of Daesh extremists, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.

They also destroyed an explosives-laden car and nine pickup trucks equipped with heavy machine guns.

The Syrian forces also captured the main pumping station that supplies water to the city of Aleppo, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The army and its allied forces advanced in the east of Aleppo.

Following the withdrawal of Daesh, the observatory said, the Syrian forces recaptured Khafsa area on the western bank of the Euphrates River, where the water treatment and pumping plants are located.

Elsewhere, in the central province of Homs, Syrian troopers and fighters from popular defense groups targeted Daesh positions in al-Katibah al-Mahjourah and al-Baredah districts, besides the eastern outskirts of al-Qaryatayn town and the ancient city of Palmyra.

Syrian army units also struck the gatherings and positions of the terrorist group Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the northern village of al-Lataminah, located 39 kilometers northwest of Hama, killing many terrorists and destroying three vehicles belonging to them.

Moreover, Syrian army soldiers and their allies engaged in fierce clashes with Daesh Takfiris in the Maqabir district of the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers northeast of the capital, Damascus, killing several terrorists and destroying their fortifications.

Daesh bombings kill over dozen in Syria's Aleppo province

Published in Middle East
Monday, 06 March 2017 14:35

More than a dozen people have been killed and several others injured after members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out two separate bomb attacks in Syria's northern province of Aleppo.

A Daesh assailant detonated an explosive-laden car near the town of Dayr Hafir, located about 50 kilometers east of the provincial capital city of Aleppo, late on Saturday, leaving eight army soldiers and fighters from pro-government popular forces dead, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Sunday.

The London-based monitoring group added that several others were also injured in the attack.

Daesh later claimed responsibility for the act of violence, saying it was carried out by a terrorist identified as Abu Abdullah al-Shami.

In the second attack, a Daesh terrorist "detonated his belt" in the militant-held city of Azaz, roughly 32 kilometers northwest of Aleppo.

The observatory said the bomb attack killed seven pro-government fighters and wounded several others. The death toll is expected to rise as some of the victims are in a critical condition.

Syrian Army Liberates 32 Aleppo Villages

Published in Middle East
Friday, 03 February 2017 07:43

Syria’s military forces recaptured 32 villages near the northwestern city of Aleppo from terrorist groups, the Arab country’s army announced.

According to the army’s statement released by SANA, the villages are located in an area of 250 square kilometers northeast of Aleppo.

"The General Staff of the Syrian Armed Forces said that the Armed Forces detachments… were able to liberate during a large-scale military operation against Daesh more than 32 villages and farms on a total area of ​​over 250 square kilometers to the northeast of Aleppo," the statement said.

"The operation… is expanding the safe zone around Aleppo and allows (the troops) to increase the scale of the military operation against Daesh (ISIL), expanding the Syrian armed forces' zone of influence and establishing control of the roads between the north and the east of Aleppo," the Syrian General Staff added.

On December 15, Syria announced the liberation of Aleppo from the foreign-backed terrorists, with President Bashar al-Assad praising the victory as “history in the making and worthy of more than the word congratulations.”

The Syrian security forces had encircled Aleppo in July 2016 after closing off the last terrorist-controlled route into the city.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

Syrian soldiers, allied fighters liberate 4 villages east of Aleppo

Published in Middle East
Monday, 23 January 2017 15:29

Syrian army soldiers and fighters from allied popular defense groups have made more gains against members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country’s northwestern province of Aleppo, pushing terrorists out of four villages.

The media bureau of operations command for the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement announced in a statement on Sunday that Syrian soldiers and their allies had captured the villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and Surja al-Kabira, located about 16 kilometers southwest of al-Bab town, where Turkish-backed Takfiri militants are active.

On August 24, 2016, the Turkish air force and special ground forces kicked off Operation Euphrates Shield inside Syria in a purported bid to support the Free Syrian Army militants and rid the border area of Daesh terrorists and fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The offensive was launched in coordination with the US-led military coalition, which has purportedly been fighting Daesh extremists since 2014.

The incursion was the first major Turkish military intervention in Syria, which drew strong condemnation from the Syrian government for violating the Arab country's sovereignty.

Syrian forces uncover Saudi chemical weapons agents in Aleppo

Published in Middle East
Thursday, 12 January 2017 10:25

Syrian forces engaged in mop-up operation in Aleppo’s recently retaken areas have discovered Saudi-produced chemical weapons agents left behind by foreign-backed terrorists in the city.

Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Wednesday that the chemical materials were found by an army unit in a depot in the Old City of Aleppo.

Sulfur, chlorine and raw materials used for plastic granules were among the Saudi substances discovered, the report added.

It further noted that militants used the materials for manufacturing explosives that were later employed for targeting Aleppo’s residential areas.

It was not the first time that the Syrian troops uncovered toxic chemicals stored by Takfiri terrorists in Aleppo.

In December, Syrian military forces found a chemical warehouse inside Sana’a Mehaidali school in Aleppo’s Masaken Hanano neighborhood.

Terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, have on several occasions used toxic materials to target civilians in the Aleppo areas.

The Syrian government has accused Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey of providing the militants with the banned weapons.

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