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Russian envoy visits Saudi Arabia for Syria, Gulf talks

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017|6:10 a.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– The Saudi king and Russia’s foreign minister fulfilled in Saudi Arabia on Sunday ahead of a possible go to by the monarch to Russia next month.

King Salman greeted Sergey Lavrov at his summer season palace in the Red Sea city of Jiddah before the Russian envoy’s conference with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The king’s 32-year-old child and beneficiary to the throne, who manages Saudi energy and defense policy, checked out Russia in Might to boost ties between the world’s two top oil manufacturers.

Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the queen and Lavrov talked about the wars in Syria and Yemen, along with an Arab diplomatic crisis with Qatar.

Russia and Saudi Arabia back warring sides in Syria’s dispute, with the kingdom supporting Sunni rebel groups battling the Syrian government, which is backed by Moscow and Shiite-ruled Iran. In a quick press conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Jiddah, Lavrov said Russia supports Saudi Arabia’s efforts to unify the Syrian opposition into one group.

Lavrov is arranged to go to Jordan next. Last month, the Arab diplomatic crisis with Qatar drew Lavrov to the region, where he met leaders in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and Qatar’s judgment emir spoke for the very first time since a diplomatic crisis appeared in June, however the call just resulted in more public squabbling. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar over its ties with Islamist groups and relations with Iran. The four likewise implicate Qatar of supporting extremist groups.

On the other hand, Qatar has actually transferred to secure even closer ties with Russia through a $3 billion financial investment to obtain a stake in Russia’s Rosneft oil business.

As the world’s biggest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and Russia have actually worked carefully to curb oil production in an effort to fortify rates, nevertheless the 2 are also in strong competition for a larger share in China’s growing market.

Trump blasts newspaper'' s reporting on U.S.-Syria policy

Tuesday, July 25, 2017|1 a.m.

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump has assailed The Washington Post in connection with a story about termination of U.S. efforts to aid rebels combating to oust Syria’s President Bashar Assad.

In a post on his Twitter account Monday, Trump stated, “The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the truths on my ending huge, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad.”

U.S. officials informed the newspaper in a story released July 19 that ending the secret program was associated with Trump’s issues about re-establishing a working relationship with Russia.

White Home deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders declined at the time to talk about cessation of the program, telling press reporters she didn’t understand if it had actually shown up in conversations that Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Russia slams French report on Syria attack

Saturday, April 29, 2017|8:25 p.m.

BEIRUT– The current on Syria (all times regional):

10:35 p.m.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is criticizing a French report that lays blame on the Syrian government for a chemical attack on a town in northern Syria in early April that eliminated practically 90 individuals.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has stated that chemical analysis of samples drawn from the April 4 sarin gas attack on Khan Sheihoun “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was accountable.

The Russian ministry stated in a declaration on Thursday that such a conclusion is “incomprehensible” due to the fact that, it said, Syria had had just precursors of sarin rather than the gas itself which the precursors were secured of Syria in 2014.

The declaration states that “in other words, there are lots of obvious inconsistencies that indicate the quality of the investigation.”

Previously in the day, the Syrian federal government also condemned Ayrault’s declaration from Wednesday as “lies and produced allegations.”

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9:30 p.m.

. An Israeli defense official states the armed force’s Patriot missile that was released previously at night over the Golan Heights had actually struck an inbound drone from Syria.

The authorities states the military is checking to see if it was a Russian airplane that had actually entered the Israeli side on Thursday by mistake or if it was a Syrian one.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with guidelines.

The incident comes after Syria accused Israel of striking a military setup near Damascus airport, setting off a series of pre-dawn surges.

— Ian Deitch in Jerusalem;

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8:20 p.m.

Israel’s military says it deployed its Patriot missile defense system to obstruct a projectile inbound from Syria above the Golan Heights.

The military did not elaborate on what it described as a “target” in its message on Thursday night.

Israeli media meanwhile are saying the military knocked out a drone that had infiltrated from Syria.

The incident comes after Syria implicated Israel of striking a military setup near Damascus International Airport triggering a series of pre-dawn surges.

Israel’s intelligence minister Yisrael Katz would not talk about the strike however said “it absolutely matches our stated policy, a policy that we likewise carry out.”

Israel has repeatedly warned versus “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon from Syria which together with Iran supports the militant group.

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5 p.m.

Russia has actually knocked exactly what it called “aggressiveness” versus Syria in the wake of an apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military setup near Damascus International Airport.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova did not directly blame Israel for the Thursday morning surge, but cited Syrian media as stating Israel was responsible.

She states “Moscow condemns acts of aggressiveness against Syria” and gets in touch with everyone to “act within the structure of appreciating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.”

Israel appears to be striking at military convoys and setups in Syria at an accelerating speed, keeping it deserves to avoid the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group that battles together with Syrian federal government forces.

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2:15 p.m.

Syrian activists state airstrikes across the opposition-held Idlib province have actually eliminated a minimum of 19 people, with some targeting ambulances and medical centers.

The Civil Defense, a search-and-rescue organization, says four medical personnel were killed in an attack on a university hospital in Deir Sharqi, and another 4 paramedics or ambulance operators were eliminated in a strike on an ambulance services charity in Maarzita.

The activist-run Idlib Media Center said another 4 individuals were eliminated by barrel bombs dropped on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, the site of a chemical attack previously this month.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 19 civilians, including nine kids, were killed around the northern province on Thursday. The Civil Defense reported the same general death toll.

The activists think Russia or the Syrian federal government launched the raids. The United States is also understood to strike at positions in Idlib province, where it targets al-Qaida-affiliated fighters.

Numerous thousands of Syrians displaced by the war have looked for refuge in the rural province, which is now mostly under the control of hard-line rebel groups. It borders Turkey to the north.

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1:50 p.m.

Syria’s government has actually condemned what it says are “lies and made accusations” by the French foreign minister worrying a fatal chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month.

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from the April 4 sarin gas attack “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows it was accountable.

In a statement provided Thursday, the Syrian foreign ministry stated Ayrault’s remarks reveal “France’s involvement in masterminding this criminal activity.”

It likewise stated France was not matched and had no legal authority to identify what took place in Khan Sheikhoun, the rebel-held town where the incident occurred.

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12:15 p.m.

Britain’s foreign secretary states Britain might sign up with the United States in further military action against Syria if asked to do so.

Boris Johnson said Thursday it would be “very challenging to state no” if the U.S. looks for British help on a military mission against the program of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He did not define whether Parliament would be asked to authorize any military action ahead of time. He said that decision would depend on the government and Prime Minister Theresa Might.

President Donald Trump purchased a cruise rocket attack against a Syrian air base earlier this month in reaction to Assad’s evident usage of chemical weapons versus Syrians.

U.S. officials have actually said further attacks are most likely if Assad utilizes banned chemical weapons again

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11:45 a.m.

Syria’s state media is reporting that Israel has attacked a military installation near the Damascus International Airport.

SANA says Israel fired several rockets from inside the occupied Golan Heights south of the capital at a military installation near the capital’s primary airport, setting off numerous surges and triggering damage.

There were no instant reports of casualties.

Homeowners reported feeling the blasts shortly before 4 a.m.

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10:25 a.m.

Israel’s intelligence minister states a big explosion near the Damascus airport is in line with Israeli policy however stopped short of taking responsibility for it.

Yisrael Katz wouldn’t comment straight on the strike Thursday early morning however stated “it definitely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also carry out.”

Israel has actually repeatedly warned versus “game-changing” weapons reaching Hezbollah from Syria, which together with Iran supports the militant group. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israel in the 2006 war.

The surge was heard throughout the Syrian capital, jolting homeowners awake, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdurrahman stated.

Israel has actually been largely untouched by the Syrian civil war. It has actually also performed a variety of airstrikes on believed weapon convoys it thought were predestined for Hezbollah.

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7 a.m.

Syrian opposition activists and a screen state a large explosion has actually rocked the Syrian capital, followed by a fire near Damascus airport.

The head of the Syrian Observatory for Person Rights Rami Abdurrahman says the explosion early Thursday has been heard across the capital, jolting residents awake. He states the surge is reported to have happened near the Damascus airport road.

The dawn explosion has actually also been reported by other activists’ networks but the source was unclear.

Activist-operated Journal of a Mortar, which reports from Damascus, says the explosion near the airport roadway was followed by flames increasing above the location. A pro-government site Damascus Now states the explosion was near the city’s Seventh Bridge, which leads to the airport roadway.

Mass evacuation in Syria held off after blast eliminates 80 kids

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THIQA NEWS By Means Of AP This frame grab from video provided by the Thiqa News Firm, reveals rebel shooters at the website of a blast that harmed a number of buses and vans at the Rashideen location, a rebel-controlled district outside Aleppo city, Syria, Saturday, April. 15, 2017. Syrian TV stated a minimum of 39 people were eliminated Saturday in a surge that hit near buses bring evacuees from 2 towns besieged by rebels close by.

Sunday, April 16, 2017|4 p.m.

BEIRUT– The evacuation of more than 3,000 Syrians that was arranged to take place Sunday from 4 locations as part of a population transfer has actually been postponed, opposition activists stated, a day after a lethal blast that eliminated more than 120 individuals, much of them government supporters.

The factors for the hold-up were not right away clear. It came as shells fired by the Islamic State group on government-held parts of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour wounded 2 members of a Russian media delegation checking out the location, according to state-run Syrian news company SANA.

Russia is a primary backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian journalists take pleasure in broad gain access to in government-held parts of the nation.

Russia’s Anna-News military news service, which uses the reporters, stated one was wounded in the arm while the other suffered leg and stomach injuries. The news service said the two were left adding that their condition was “satisfying.”

The United Nations is not managing the transfer deal, which involves citizens of the pro-government villages of Foua and Kfarya and the opposition-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani. All 4 have actually been under siege for several years, their fate linked through a series of reciprocal contracts that the U.N. says have actually prevented help shipments.

Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, and Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, earlier said that 3,000 individuals will be left from Foua and Kfarya, while 200, the large bulk of them fighters, will be left from Zabadani and Madaya.

Abdurrahman and opposition activist Hussam Mahmoud, who is from Madaya, said the evacuation has been postponed. Abdurrahman said no consent was provided for the evacuation to go on while Mahmoud said it has been postponed for “logistical reasons.”

It was not immediately clear if the evacuees feared attacks much like Saturday’s battle.

Abdurrahman stated Saturday’s blast– which struck an area where countless pro-government evacuees had been waiting on hours– eliminated 126. He said the dead included 109 people from Foua and Kfarya, among them 80 kids and 13 females.

No one has declared the attack, but both the Islamic State group and the al-Qaida-affiliated Fatah al-Sham Front have targeted civilians in government locations in the past.

An injured girl, who stated she lost her four siblings in the blast, informed Al-Manar TELEVISION from her healthcare facility bed that kids who had actually been denied of food for many years in the 2 towns were approached by a man in the cars and truck who told them to come and consume potato chips. She said as soon as lots of had actually collected, there was a surge that tore some of the kids to pieces.

Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s executive director, stated in a statement Sunday that after six years of war and carnage in Syria “there comes a brand-new horror that needs to break the heart of anybody who has one.”

“We need to draw from this not just anger, but restored decision to reach all the innocent kids throughout Syria with aid and convenience,” he said.

After the blast, some 60 buses carrying 2,200 people, including 400 opposition fighters, went into areas held by rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, Abdurrahman stated. More than 50 buses and 20 ambulances carrying some 5,000 Foua and Kfarya citizens went into the government-held city of Aleppo, Syrian state TV said, with some of them later reaching a shelter in the village of Jibreen to the south.

U.N. relief planner Stephen O’Brien stated he was “frightened” by the deadly bombing, and that while the U.N. was not associated with the transfer it was ready to “scale up our assistance to evacuees.”

He contacted all parties to maintain their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law, and to “help with safe and unobstructed gain access to for the U.N. and its partners to bring life-saving aid to those in need.”

Homeowners of Madaya and Zabadani, formerly summer resorts, joined the 2011 uprising versus President Bashar Assad. Both came under federal government siege in the taking place civil war. Homeowners of Foua and Kfraya, besieged by the rebels, have lived under a steady hail of rockets and mortars for several years, however were provided with food and medication through military airdrops.

Critics say the string of evacuations, which could see some 30,000 individuals moved across fight lines over the next 60 days, totals up to forced displacement along political and sectarian lines.

In eastern Syria, an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition on the village of Sukkarieh near the border with Iraq eliminated 8 civilians who had earlier left violence in the northern province of Aleppo, according to Deir Ezzor 24, an activist cumulative, and Sound and Image Company, which documents IS violations.

Airstrikes by the U.S.-led union had eliminated lots of civilians over the past a number of weeks as the fight against the extremists magnifies in Syria and Iraq.

Associated Press writer Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria contributed to this report.

More than 4 million refugees have now run away Syria, U.N. says

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Muhammed Muheisen/ AP

In this Aug. 26, 2012, file photo, Syrian youngsters who fled their house with their family due to combating between the Syrian army and the rebels, push the ground while they and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of getting in among the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015|10:20 p.m.

ISTANBUL– The variety of Syrians who have actually left abroad because the outbreak of civil war in their country has risen to more than 4 million, the largest number from any crisis in practically 25 years, the United Nations stated Thursday.

A current wave of people leaving Syria and an update of Turkish data confirm the terrible turning point, according to the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR. The firm stated in a statement that 7.6 million additional people are displaced from their houses within Syria.

“This is the greatest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” stated U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in a statement. “It is a population that requires the support of the world however is instead residing in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”

The brand-new figure shows that the circulation of refugees is speeding up just 10 months after the company tape-recorded more than 3 million Syrians fleeing their nation.

Turkey has actually seen much of the recent circulation. In June alone, according to UNHCR, more than 24,000 people showed up from northern Syria amid fighting in between the Islamic State group and Kurdish militants. The more than 1.8 million Syrians in Turkey have made it the most significant host of expatriates worldwide, an expensive task that the country is bearing mostly from its own treasury.

The alarming circumstance in the area is pressing a wave of refugees to seek escape in Western Europe, taking increasingly risky courses as European nations withstand the flow.

“We can not afford to let them and the neighborhoods hosting them move further into desperation,” Guterres stated.