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Apr 27, 2015

Two migrant sisters from Syria, now worlds apart

BEIRUT (Reuters) – In a small town south of Beirut, Fawziyeh keeps her apartment immaculately clean despite its crumbling walls and the plastic sheets flapping across its windows. She shares the three-bedroom flat with 12 others including her five children – all, like her, refugees from Syria.

Almost every day she gets cellphone messages from her younger sister Rabab, in Germany.

Apr 27, 2015

Insight – Two migrant sisters from Syria, now worlds apart

BEIRUT (Reuters) – In a small town south of Beirut, Fawziyeh keeps her apartment immaculately clean despite its crumbling walls and the plastic sheets flapping across its windows. She shares the three-bedroom flat with 12 others including her five children – all, like her, refugees from Syria.

Almost every day she gets cellphone messages from her younger sister Rabab, in Germany.

Apr 17, 2015

New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fear

BEIRUT (Reuters) – New rules in Lebanon, which has the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world, have left many thousands of them at risk of abuse from landlords and detention at any time, aid workers and a rights group say.

Four years of civil war across the border in Syria means that one in every four people now in Lebanon is a refugee. Many live in extreme poverty and face hostility and resentment in the fragile Mediterranean state, which has long dominated by its bigger neighbor and suffered civil war itself from 1975-90.

Apr 15, 2015

Fighting adds to plight of destitute refugees in Syrian camp

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A bout of fighting between militants over control of the Yarmouk refugee camp on the edge of Damascus has only compounded the misery of residents already suffering from acute shortages of food, clean water and power.

The camp, set up in 1957 to house Palestinians, has become a symbol of the desperate plight of people in rebel-held territory since the Syrian government laid siege to it in 2013.

Apr 6, 2015

Al Qaeda kidnaps 300 Syrian Kurds, Kurdish official says

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Al Qaeda’s official Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, kidnapped 300 Kurdish men in the country’s north, a Kurdish official in Syria said on Monday.

Idris Nassan, an official in the Kobani canton, said the men were taken on Sunday evening as they were traveling from the town of Afrin, which is under Kurdish control, to the cities of Aleppo and the capital Damascus.

Apr 4, 2015

Islamic State takes 90 percent of Damascus refugee camp: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State has taken control of 90 percent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of bombing, army siege and militia control, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The hardline group’s offensive in Yarmouk gives it a major presence in the capital. Islamic State, the most powerful insurgent group in Syria, is now only a few kilometers from President Bashar al-Assad’s seat of power.

Mar 23, 2015

Islamic State moves west to attack Syrian army in Homs: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters attacked a military airport in Syria’s Homs province on Monday as they pressed a westward offensive against government strongholds, a monitoring group said.

Forays by Islamic State, which is strongest in the northeast and east, into the provinces of Homs, Hama and even Damascus pose a fresh challenge for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mar 18, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills six in gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 17, 2015

Syria monitor says army kills 6 in toxic gas attack, military denies it

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A group monitoring the Syrian civil war said on Tuesday government forces had carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people in the northwest, and medics posted videos of children suffering what they said was suffocation.

A Syrian military source described the report of an attack in the village of Sarmin in Idlib province as propaganda. “We confirm that we would not use this type of weapon, and we don’t need to use it,” the source said.

Mar 12, 2015

Aid groups say U.N. Security Council failed Syria, 2014 worst year yet

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Aid agencies said on Thursday that 2014 was the worst year of the Syrian conflict so far and that three United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at alleviating the suffering had failed.

Syria’s crisis started in March 2011 with protests against the government and descended into a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people.