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Ramadan drummer among the tents awakens Syria's displaced

Ramadan drummer among the tents awakens Syria's displaced

In the dark between the tents of Syrians displaced by war, Ramadan drummer Abdelfattah al-Bayour bangs on a saucepan, calling on his neighbors to wake up for a last meal before dawn. Every morning during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the 42-year-old rises at 2 am inside his tent in...

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Idlib quarantine centre monitors travellers to curb pandemic

Idlib quarantine centre monitors travellers to curb pandemic

The first quarantine centre has been set up in northwestern Syria to screen travellers for fear they could transmit the novel coronavirus to the war-torn region, which has yet to officially record any cases of Covid-19.  The centre, which opened in mid-April, is located in the town of...

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Hoping to cure virus, Syria labs churn out anti-malarial drug

Hoping to cure virus, Syria labs churn out anti-malarial drug

In central Syria, factory owner Rashid al-Faysal watches his staff working tirelessly to churn out a controversial antimalarial drug that Damascus hopes can help treat the novel coronavirus. There is no proof yet hydroxychloroquine works to prevent or cure COVID-19, but Syrian doctors have...

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Ramadan in ruins for Idlib family

Ramadan in ruins for Idlib family

As dusk settles on the forest of gutted buildings around them, Tareq Abu Ziad and his family break the Ramadan fast on the remains of their home. The northern Syrian town of Ariha looks like the scene of a monster earthquake -- a silent, grey sea of loose cinder blocks and mangled iron...

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