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Reem and 17 family members still in Assad prison

Reem and 17 family members still in Assad prison

(Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Reem, a 14-year-old girl was detained in med 2014 by Syrian regime under terrorism claims with 17 family members, including her mother, father and a 10-year-old brother. Reem and her mother, sisters and brother were arrested in government-held...

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Syria field hospitals forced to close by intense government bombing

Syria field hospitals forced to close by intense government bombing

Bombing by government forces in southern Syria has forced four field hospitals to close, with medical workers among those injured by recent bombings, monitors say. On Wednesday an airstrike in the village of Saida just east of Deraa city, aimed at a checkpoint held by the rebel group...

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Palestinian Syrians face frustrating bureaucracy

Palestinian Syrians face frustrating bureaucracy

Facing inconsistent governmental policies and confusing bureaucracy, Palestinian Syrians in Lebanon are struggling to obtain and maintain proper residency status in the country. Palestinian Syrians are required to renew their residency permits every three months and risk arrest or a heavy fine...

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Iraqi Shiite Special Forces take lead in Baiji fight

Iraqi Shiite Special Forces take lead in Baiji fight

Iraq’s most powerful Shiite force said it is relying more heavily on elite units who fought in Syria in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for control of a critical Iraqi refinery and is now well placed to counter the militants’ guerrilla warfare. Iraq’s biggest...

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Raqqa: Fear and treachery inside Islamic State's capital

Raqqa: Fear and treachery inside Islamic State's capital

After four years living in the capital of Isil's caliphate, Hassan's life story reads like the plot of a James Bond film. But the scars on his body and the photos he carries of murdered friends show his ordeal is all too real. Hassan, who asks for his full name not to be used for fear of...

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Pharmacist risks his life to help children in Hama countryside

Pharmacist risks his life to help children in Hama countryside

(Reporting by Sulaiman al-Ahmed; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Abdul Halim, a pharmacist in a village of Hama's countryside, supervised and participated in Polio vaccination campaign. Despite the hard circumstances in the area, such difficult transportation, lack of electricity and the threat of...

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Leen, former detainee who lost everything in Syria

Leen, former detainee who lost everything in Syria

(Reporting by Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Leen, a 20-year-old Syrian girl lives alone in Istanbul, disappointed and depressed with no interest in life after losing everything in Syria. She lived with her father and brother in Damascus, her mother died when she was young. Her...

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IS and Nusra: ruling through fear and intimidation

IS and Nusra: ruling through fear and intimidation

Extremist groups have forced their laws on the people of northern and eastern Syria, severely restricting freedoms and imposing harsh sentences for disobedience. The Islamic State group's extreme interpretation of Islamic teaching holds sway in large areas of the country, including its...

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Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

Iraqi boy's dream of becoming dancer defied threats, borders

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a boy in pre-war Baghdad, Adil Faraj dreamed of becoming a dancer, inspired by a Michael Jackson performance he watched on DVD. For over a decade, he pursued his passion despite daunting challenges and harassment by strangers and police. He taught himself by moving...

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People of Homs celebrate Traditional Sweets' Day

People of Homs celebrate Traditional Sweets' Day

  (Reporting by Amr Al Hamawi; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) People of Homs city used to celebrate in these days of each year of Eid of Halawa, or the dead Eid, in which they buy big amounts of Homsi Halawa, the city's traditional sweets, and distribute them to poor...

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 Sniper kills Palestinian women tried to get 'food basket'  in Yarmouk camp

Sniper kills Palestinian women tried to get 'food basket' in Yarmouk camp

  (Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Sarah Odeh, a-25-year-old Palestinian lady died as a result of a sniper’s shot in Yarmouk camp for Palestinian Refugees in Damascus, to follow her “virtual husband” and buried next to him. Sarah’s story is not...

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Syrians mark Women's Day underground in Idlib cellar

Syrians mark Women's Day underground in Idlib cellar

By Hadi al-Abdallah (Al Jazeera)- Despite the raging war in their country, women in a small Syrian village wanted to be part of the International Women Day commemoration. Up to 150 women in Idlib province met in the cellar of a building they had embellished with banners calling...

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Civil society initiatives ease war pain: Al Rastan Care Center

Civil society initiatives ease war pain: Al Rastan Care Center

By Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)-  The office of Child and Motherhood Care in rebel-held city of al-Rastan near Homs, in its third anniversary launches a new initiative to help vulnerable people who have been facing serious difficulties...

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Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

Rebel-turned-filmmaker asks why Syria went so wrong

(Reuters) - With Syria's civil war spilling across its borders and Islamic State militants beheading captives in their self-declared caliphate, it is little wonder Syrian movies have had pride of a place at an independent film festival in Turkey . One of them, "Silvered...

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Families of Copts murdered in Libya recount their torment

Families of Copts murdered in Libya recount their torment

By Farid Farid (al-Araby al-Jadeed)- Samuel Suleiman Shehata is used to long, sleepless nights as a truck driver on Egypt's perilous roads. But on the night of 12 January, the cause of his insomnia was more personal. He had just found...

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Khaled Bakrawi: activist of unforgettable chivalry

Khaled Bakrawi: activist of unforgettable chivalry

  By Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Many activists of aid and relief died in Palestinian camps during the war in Syria, either by the heavy shelling on camps, or by snipers, or even died under torture in detention...

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Gaza's cancer sufferers cut off from vital care

Gaza's cancer sufferers cut off from vital care

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the strip continue to suffer from shortages of food, housing and medicine in the ongoing siege on Gaza by Israel and the continued closure of the Rafah border by Egyptian force.  Those with more dire medical conditions are also...

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The granny who stood up to ISIS

The granny who stood up to ISIS

An incredible video has emerged showing the moment an elderly woman bravely confronted two Islamic State militants, telling them their terror group is cursed and that they are not back by God. The video, which is believed to have been shot in Syria, shows the woman walks up to...

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