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Syrians leaving east Aleppo in bus loads - U.N. | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Syrians leaving east Aleppo in bus loads - U.N. | Reuters

GENEVA More Syrians have fled eastern Aleppo, with reports of about 800 arriving in the past 24 hours at a disused cotton factory in the Jibreen district of west Aleppo and 1,260 in Hanano district, retaken by government forces, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.Bus loads of civilians continue to arrive in government-controlled areas of the city and leave for other sites or to lodge with family members, the U.N. #Syria #Middle East #Europe #markets #crisis #Foreign policy
Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo | Reuters

Updated : Dec 07, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo | Reuters

By Lisa Barrington and Tom Perry | BEIRUT BEIRUT Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow.The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against insurgents in the past two weeks and look closer than ever to restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, and achieving their most important victory of the conflict now in its sixth year.In a statement, the rebels called for talks about the future of the city once the humanitarian situation has been improved, but made no mention of evacuating fighters who are defending an ever shrinking area of eastern Aleppo. Syria and Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have said they want rebels to leave Aleppo and will not consider a ceasefire unless that happens."It's been a tragedy here for a long time, but I've never seen this kind of pressure on the city - you can't rest for even five minutes, the bombardment is constant," a resident said."Any movement in the streets and there is bombardment (on that area) immediately," said the east Aleppo resident contacted by Reuters, who declined to be identifiedRetaking Aleppo would also be a success for President Vladimir Putin who intervened to save Moscow's ally in September 2015 with air strikes, and for Shi'ite Iran, whose elite Islamic Republic Guard Corps has suffered casualties fighting for Assad.The government now appears closer to victory than at any point since 2012, the year after rebels took up arms to overthrow Assad in a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, made more than half of Syrians homeless and created the world's worst refugee crisis.Outside of Aleppo, the government and its allies are also putting severe pressure on remaining rebel redoubts. #Syria #France #Europe #Iran #Iraq #crisis
Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Rebels won't surrender Aleppo, rebel official says | Reuters

BEIRUT Syrian rebel commanders in Aleppo will not surrender eastern Aleppo to government forces, a rebel official said on Saturday, after Russia said it was ready for talks with the United States on the withdrawal of all rebels from the area."I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'," said Zakaria Malahifji, the head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim faction, speaking from Turkey. #India #Business #Middle East #Europe #markets #crisis
Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

Updated : Dec 03, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Mosul residents fear cold and hunger of winter siege | Reuters

By Ahmed Rasheed | BAGHDAD BAGHDAD No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for more than a million people still in Islamic State-held areas of the city, residents said on Saturday.Iraqi troops waging a six-week-old offensive against the militants controlling Mosul have advanced into eastern city districts, while other forces have sealed Mosul's southern and northern approaches and 10 days ago blocked the road west.But their advance has been hampered by waves of counter-attacks from the ultra-hardline Islamists who have controlled the city since mid-2014 and built a network of tunnels in preparation for their defence of north Iraq's largest city.The slow progress means the campaign is likely to drag on throughout the winter, and has prompted warnings from aid groups that civilians face a near complete siege in the coming months.A trader in Mosul, speaking by telephone, said no new food or fuel supplies had reached the city since Sunday. Despite attempts by the militants to keep prices stable, and the arrest last week of dozens of shopkeepers accused of hiking prices, the trader said food had become more expensive and fuel prices had tripled."We've been living under a real state of siege for a week," said one resident of west Mosul, several miles (km) from the frontline neighbourhoods on the east bank of the Tigris river."Two days ago the electricity generator supplying the neighbourhood stopped working because of lack of fuel. Water is cut and food prices have risen and it's terribly cold #India #Army #Iraq #crisis #Entertainment #city
Fifty-four civilians killed in air strikes in Iraq, Syria: US military | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Fifty-four civilians killed in air strikes in Iraq, Syria: US military | Reuters

WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition killed fifty-four civilians between March 31 and Oct. 22 while carrying out air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday.In one particular strike in mid-July, near the Syrian city of Manbij, up to 24 civilians were killed, the statement said #United States #Syria #markets #Argentina #crisis #Foreign policy
Putin discusses Syria's Aleppo with Russian security chiefs - agencies | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Putin discusses Syria's Aleppo with Russian security chiefs - agencies | Reuters

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the situation in Syria's Aleppo with his security council, Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Thursday.Putin and the country's security chiefs have agreed on the need to continue efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo, Peskov was quoted as saying. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; editing by Maria Kiselyova) #India #Business #Islam #Russia #Security #crisis
30,000 flee east Aleppo, Russia wants humanitarian corridors - U.N. | Reuters

Updated : Dec 01, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

30,000 flee east Aleppo, Russia wants humanitarian corridors - U.N. | Reuters

By Tom Miles and Stephanie Nebehay | GENEVA GENEVA About 30,000 people are receiving aid after fleeing the besieged eastern zone of Aleppo in the past few days, taking the total number of displaced people in the Syrian city to more than 400,000, U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday #Syria #Argentina #United Kingdom #crisis #fighting
Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

Mosul food, water reserves dwindle as fighting cuts off supplies | Reuters

By Isabel Coles and Saif Hameed | MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq The United Nations issued a fresh warning on Wednesday about the humanitarian situation in eastern Mosul where the U.S.-backed Iraqi army is locked in heavy fighting with Islamic State militants.More than six weeks into the offensive against Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq, the army is trying to dislodge militants dug in among civilians in the eastern districts, the only side Iraqi troops have been able to breach. #United States #Middle East #Europe #markets #crisis #city
France, Britain push Syria gas attack sanctions; Russia opposed | Reuters

Updated : Nov 30, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France, Britain push Syria gas attack sanctions; Russia opposed | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS France and Britain are pressing to sanction those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, though Russia says it would not support a United Nations Security Council resolution.An inquiry by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found that Syrian government forces were responsible for three chlorine gas attacks and that Islamic State militants had used mustard gas.French U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Tuesday that a draft resolution "sanctioning those responsible for the use of chemical weapons" was essentially ready and would be circulated to the 15-member council as soon as possible. #Syria #Islam #France #Middle East #United Kingdom #crisis
France working with Britain to draft UN resolution on chemical weapons | Reuters

Updated : Nov 29, 2016

By : Reuters

Category : World

France working with Britain to draft UN resolution on chemical weapons | Reuters

MINSK France is working with Britain to draft a United Nations resolution on chemical weapons as quickly as possible, the French foreign affairs minister said on Tuesday."We have taken over the drafting (of the chemical weapons resolution) with Britain. We are not giving up," Jean-Marc Ayrault told Reuters head of a meeting to discuss the Ukraine crisis in Minsk. #Syria #France #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis