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'Thirst and drought', Assad's new weapon in northern Homs

'Thirst and drought', Assad's new weapon in northern Homs

(Eqtsad)- The land between Rastan dam and the river of al-Asi is considered the main agricultural land and the “food basket” for the Northern countryside of Homs, as it supply the local market with more than 75% of vegetables and crops, and it is considered one of the main food source...

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Yarmouk siege hardens life of three brothers with Duchenne disease

Yarmouk siege hardens life of three brothers with Duchenne disease

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Mohammed, Mahmood and Ali, three brothers from the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus have a genetic disease that affected their muscles and their ability to walk and move, which turned their and their parents’ lives into hell, especially with the siege forced on the camp. ...

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Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

Leaping over bombed roofs and jumping through damaged window frames, a group of teenagers run and swing their way through buildings left dilapidated by six years of war in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil. The young men practise Parkour across rebel-held Inkhil, saying they find escape in...

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Abduction gangs in Syrian coast backed by regime security

Abduction gangs in Syrian coast backed by regime security

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Criminal Investigation directorate in coastal Tartus city has arrested a female member of an abduction gang connected to security officers in Latakia and Tartus, where many people were victims of its crimes. The security forces and criminal section in Tartus and Latakia...

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Traditional bakeries revive in besieged Eastern Ghouta

Traditional bakeries revive in besieged Eastern Ghouta

By Mohamed Yasser (Eqtsad)- People in the embattled Eastern Ghouta suburbs have recently suffered of soar prices as a result of the siege forced by Syrian regime and closing the last entrance to Eastern Ghouta, as a punishment for controlling some areas of Damascus by rebels. Civilians in...

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Kasab not a tourist destination anymore

Kasab not a tourist destination anymore

Abdul Salam Haj Bakri (Zaman Al Wasl)- Kasab, the once first-ever destination for tourists in Syrian coast  has turned into a deserted area since most of residents fled to Turkey after regime capture in 2014. The Turkish town of Yayladagi is the closest town to Kasab, almost hundreds of...

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Syrians in frantic search for their children after blast

Syrians in frantic search for their children after blast

Fatima Rashid was recovering in a Syrian hospital after a deadly suicide blast when she glanced at a teenager with a bloody, disfigured face. She did not recognise her daughter. The wounded teenager was later taken across the border to Turkey for treatment and now Rashid, like many parents...

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In war zones, marriage may cost you just 'few bucks'

In war zones, marriage may cost you just 'few bucks'

By Shams el-Deen Matoun (Eqtsad)- Cost of marriage in Syria, like all other services and issues, have become difficult and costing, not only the dowry that is paid to the wife to prepare herself and clothes before marriage, as people started to ignore it and just recorded on the marriage...

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Latakia: loyalists believe Assad's overthrow is imminent

Latakia: loyalists believe Assad's overthrow is imminent

By Moez Hamid (Zaman Al Wasl)- The US missile strikes on Shayrat airfield last Friday in retaliation to the 4th April Sarin gas attack on Khan Sheikhdom town have caused changes in hopes, worries and opinions of Syrian people, depending on their attitude from the Syrian regime, some started...

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Idlib: elderly home receives war wounded and disabled

Idlib: elderly home receives war wounded and disabled

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- The Elderly and Hopeless Nursing Home in the town of Harem in northern Idlib province was founded to host the disabled and elderly who were displaced from the Nursing Home in Jisr al-Shoghour, in 2015 and found no place or support or protection. The judge Dr....

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From ducks to Dushkas: gun repair shops in Syria today

From ducks to Dushkas: gun repair shops in Syria today

(Daily Mail)- For years, Abboud Jan's gun repair shop in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh catered exclusively to local hunters, but the country's devastating six-year war has changed all that. "We used to repair just hunting weapons, but things have changed with the crisis," says the...

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Emotional reunion shows plight of Syria's lost children

Emotional reunion shows plight of Syria's lost children

When Jaafar's grandmother recognized him by his birthmark in a Turkish orphanage, months after his parents were killed fleeing Syria's civil war, she held him tight, screaming for joy. The story of how Hajar Saleh, a 47-year-old nurse, spent fraught weeks tracing her grandson in a foreign...

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Backgammon, football after war reaches Damascus district

Backgammon, football after war reaches Damascus district

 When Syria's war came to 73-year-old Joseph Mghazi's street in the Abbasiyeen neighborhood of Damascus, he ignored his neighbor's entreaties to halt his habitual streetside backgammon games. "We would sit and play backgammon as the shells were falling around us," he told AFP in the...

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Students of ISIS schools find no escape from fanaticism

Students of ISIS schools find no escape from fanaticism

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Students in the ISIS-held neighborhoods of besieged Yarmouk camp south of Damascus can not escape the radical curriculum of the Islamic State that incites for bloodshed and brutality. ISIS has forced the teaching its curriculum in 2 schools, one on al-Oroba neighbourhood for...

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Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged Syrians

Dialysis supplies dwindle for besieged Syrians

The wail sliced through the stuffy underground medical centre in a besieged town near the Syrian capital. Dania, 14, was writhing in pain ahead of her first ever dialysis session. She was one of dozens of patients being treated for renal insufficiency inside a basement-turned-clinic in...

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Syrians in Turkey: The Human Smuggler and the Young Refugee

Syrians in Turkey: The Human Smuggler and the Young Refugee

(New York Times)- Abu Mohammed is bored. He estimates that two years ago he earned more than $800,000 from smuggling thousands of migrants into Turkey from Greece. He rented an office in Aksaray, an area of Istanbul popular with Syrians, to serve as his headquarters. At one point, he had more...

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Graffiti turned Syrian way to defy destruction

Graffiti turned Syrian way to defy destruction

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- One of the Syrian revolution’s distinctive outcomes was the art of graffiti that first used by a school children in Daraa six years ago, such an inscription sparked the regime anger to start from that date a relentless war on the Syrian people. Graffiti has...

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One big reason that Syria's future looks bleak: Education has been a victim of war

One big reason that Syria's future looks bleak: Education has been a victim of war

(Los Angeles Times)- As the war in Syria grinds into its seventh year this week, a vital building block of the country’s future has fallen victim to the carnage: the education of its children. About 1.75 million children and youth in Syria are out of school and most are up to six...

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