Syria war: Thousands flee Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels so far appear to have made limited gains An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria, the UN says. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive […]

Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heavy seas washed the debris on to beaches north of Beirut A huge clean-up operation is under way in Lebanon after a powerful storm dumped piles of rubbish along beaches north of the capital, Beirut. Pictures of the washed-up waste – much of it plastic – strewn along the […]

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mortars hit Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian district of the Old City Nine civilians, including a three-year-old child, were killed by mortars fired by rebel fighters at the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state media say. Another 21 people were wounded in the attack on Bab Touma, a predominantly […]

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia. A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that Kurdish fighters were using US-supplied weapons against Turkish troops trying to oust them from the Afrin […]

Syria offensive: Turkish troops ‘capture villages’ in Afrin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish tanks have entered northern Syria in an offensive targeting Kurdish fighters Turkish forces have captured a number of villages in north-western Syria, on the third day of an offensive to oust Kurdish fighters, Turkish media report. Turkish troops, accompanied by allied Syrian rebels, reportedly seized control of several […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition pledges $1.5bn in new aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished in Yemen A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has pledged $1.5bn (£2bn) in new humanitarian aid for the country. It will also increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive aid and cargo shipments, and set up 17 […]

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Image copyright University of Haifa Image caption The fragments of Dead Sea Scroll took a year to piece together One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a […]

Iraq sentences German woman to death over IS involvement

Image copyright AFP Image caption The woman was captured during the battle for Mosul last year A court in Iraq has sentenced a German woman to death after finding her guilty of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group. She was sentenced for providing logistical support and taking part in attacks on Iraqi security forces. […]

Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Syrian refugees in Lebanon often face tough conditions during the winter months Fifteen Syrian refugees – some of them children – have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon. Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after […]

Syria ‘ready to down Turkish jets attacking Kurds Afrin’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish tanks have been massing along the border with the Kurdish enclave of Afrin Syria has threatened to shoot down Turkish warplanes in its airspace, as Turkey prepares to carry out a possible assault on a Kurdish enclave. Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said any incursion into Afrin would be […]

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