Syria

US-led coalition air strike in Syria kills more than 30 people in school near Isis-held Raqqa, says human rights watchdog

US-led coalition air strike in Syria kills more than 30 people in school near Isis-held Raqqa, says human rights watchdog

At least 33 people have been killed in an air strike on a school sheltering displaced people near the Isis-held city of Raqqa, Syria, a monitoring group has said. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was believed the US-led coalition had carried out the attack. Observatory activists counted at least 33 bodies […]

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Record number of refugees opt to leave in 2016

Nearly 55,000 migrants and refugees who were not eligible for or were likely to be denied asylum left Germany voluntarily in 2016, up by 20,000 from the number who left of their own volition in 2015, according to government officials. Germany has toughened its stance on immigration in recent months, prompted by concerns about security […]

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

Saudi collects 145 mln riyals for Syrians in 1 day

The total amount of donations collected by the Saudi popular campaign to aid the Syrian people has so far reached 143,100,000 Saudi riyals, according to Dr. Abdullah al-Rabeeah, the general supervisor of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had initially launched this humanitarian aid campaign on Tuesday to collect 100 […]

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

Idlib overwhelmed by influx of Aleppo’s wounded

When surgeon Mounir Hakimi operated on five-month-old Maram in the Syrian province of Idlib last week, the horrific extent of her injuries quickly became clear. “She lost both her parents in an air strike, has multiple fractures, a wound in her abdomen, and has lost lots of skin,” Hakimi told Al Jazeera. “We feared she might […]

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Gaziantep University lets Syrians study in Arabic

Syrian refugee students now have the option to pursue their studies in Arabic while living in Turkey and resume classes from where they left off. Nearly 2,000 Syrians are taking classes at Gaziantep University near the border. “We’re trying to provide Syrian students with the necessary education and training in areas like engineering and medicine so they […]

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

Buses sent to Aleppo for evacuation

A number of buses meant to evacuate opposition fighters and their families have been sent to the rebel-held sector of Syria’s Aleppo as part of a deal, according to reports. Syrian state television reported on Sunday that the deal between the government and opposition fighters to evacuate people from east Aleppo, in return for the […]

East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes

East Aleppo’s last hospital destroyed by airstrikes

The last operating hospital in east Aleppo has been destroyed by airstrikes, leaving up to 250,000 residents without access to surgery or specialist care, and rebel-held districts at the point of collapse. Another four hospitals were hit and forced to close on Friday, before the Omar bin Abdul Aziz facility was struck just after 8.30pm, […]

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Islam is ‘not strongest factor’ behind foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq

Religion is not the strongest driving force behind thousands of foreign fighters joining Isis and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, a report by US military researchers has found. A new study by the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point revealed that the vast majority of almost 1,200 militants surveyed had no formal […]

Syria war: Aleppo pounded by air strikes for second day, More than 80 killed

Syria war: Aleppo pounded by air strikes for second day, More than 80 killed

Air strikes and artillery have pounded rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo for a second day, killing dozens of people, damaging medical facilities and flattening residential buildings. Sources told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that at least 84 people had been killed and dozens wounded in and around Aleppo city over the past 48 hours, as air […]

Syria’s Aleppo: 99 civilians killed in two days

Syria’s Aleppo: 99 civilians killed in two days

At least 99 Syrians have been killed across the eastern half of the city Aleppo over the past two days, in what activists and residents believe was Russian and Syrian air bombardment of their rebel-held neighbourhoods. According to rescue groups, Russian raids killed at least 13 civilians and wounded 25 on Thursday morning across several […]