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Oct 7, 2015

Russia backs Syrian forces in major assault on insurgents

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Russia and Syria carried out what appeared to be the first major coordinated assaults on Syrian insurgents on Wednesday, targeting rebels in the west rather than Islamic State militants, a monitor said.

The combined assault hit towns close to the main north-south highway that runs through major cities in the mainly government-held west of Syria, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based group which tracks the conflict via a network of sources within the country.

Oct 1, 2015

Russian warplanes target insurgents in Syria but not Islamic State

BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian jets launched a second day of air strikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting areas held by an insurgent alliance that includes a group linked to al Qaeda, but not the Islamic State militants Moscow said it had hit.

Russia said it had launched eight air strikes with Sukhoi warplanes overnight, hitting four Islamic State targets. However, the areas where it said the strikes took place are not held by Islamic State.

Sep 23, 2015

At busy Lebanese port, Syrians set their sights on Europe

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Syrians
gather at dusk for a passenger ferry from Lebanon’s northern
port of Tripoli to Turkey, the next step on their long trek
towards what they hope will be a better, safer life in western
Europe.

For more than four years, Lebanon has drawn refugees fleeing
Syria but in the past three months it has increasingly become a
24-hour transit point for mainly middle class Syrians who can
afford to take the onward trip by boat and plane.

Sep 14, 2015

Britain’s Cameron visits Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Syrian refugees in neighboring Lebanon on Monday, a week after pledging that Britain would take in up to 20,000 people who are currently in camps after fleeing Syria’s civil war.

Since 2011, the conflict in Syria has driven more than 4 million people into refugee camps in surrounding countries like Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, and many others towards Europe.

Sep 3, 2015

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa: U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children’s Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

The UNICEF report “Education Under Fire” looked at the impact of violence on schoolchildren in nine territories, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya where a generation is growing up outside of the education system.

Sep 3, 2015

War stops 13 million going to school in Middle East, North Africa – U.N.

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from attending school, leaving their hopes and futures shattered, the United Nations Children’s Fund said in a report issued on Thursday.

The UNICEF report “Education Under Fire” looked at the impact of violence on schoolchildren in nine territories, including Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya where a generation is growing up outside of the education system.

Sep 2, 2015
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Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria’s Palmyra – U.N.

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(An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show explosives on stone ledges of columns during what they said was the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. REUTERS/Social Media)

Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it.

Sep 1, 2015

Something rotten in state of Lebanon provokes new protest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of protesters occupied the environment ministry in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday calling on minister Mohamad Al Machnouk to resign over a rubbish disposal crisis.

Hundreds of other protesters gathered outside the building as riot police took up positions in surrounding streets.

Sep 1, 2015

Lebanese protesters enter environment ministry, stage sit-in

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Dozens of Lebanese protesters staged a sit-in inside the environment ministry in the capital Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister Mohammad Machnouk to resign, a Reuters witness said.

Lebanon has been hit by a series of protests against the government ignited by a dispute over uncollected rubbish in the country.

Aug 31, 2015
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Islamic State’s destruction of Roman temple in Syria is war crime: UNESCO

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(An image distributed by Islamic State militants on social media on August 25, 2015 purports to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim told Reuters the images did appear to show the destruction of the ancient Baal Shamin temple . REUTERS/Social Media)

Islamic State’s demolition of an renowned ancient Roman temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra is a war crime that targeted an historic symbol of the country’s diversity, the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO said.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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      2006
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