Syria war: Thousands flee Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Syria war: Thousands flee Turkish assault on Afrin enclave

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels so far appear to have made limited gains An estimated 5,000 people have been displaced by clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria, the UN says. The civilians have fled communities near the border since Turkey launched an offensive to drive […]

Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Lebanon rubbish: Storm dumps piles of waste along coast

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Heavy seas washed the debris on to beaches north of Beirut A huge clean-up operation is under way in Lebanon after a powerful storm dumped piles of rubbish along beaches north of the capital, Beirut. Pictures of the washed-up waste – much of it plastic – strewn along the […]

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Syria war: Rebel shellfire kills nine in Damascus Old City

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The mortars hit Bab Touma, a predominantly Christian district of the Old City Nine civilians, including a three-year-old child, were killed by mortars fired by rebel fighters at the Syrian capital Damascus on Monday, state media say. Another 21 people were wounded in the attack on Bab Touma, a predominantly […]

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia. A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the BBC that Kurdish fighters were using US-supplied weapons against Turkish troops trying to oust them from the Afrin […]

Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns

Syria offensive: US seeks to address Turkey’s ‘legitimate’ security concerns

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? The US is willing to work with Turkey to address its “legitimate” security concerns in northern Syria, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said. He was speaking after Turkey’s military incursion into northern Syria to fight the Kurdish YPG militia at the weekend. Turkey sees the group as terrorists, […]

Jerusalem: US embassy to move by end of 2019 – Pence

Jerusalem: US embassy to move by end of 2019 – Pence

Media captionMr Pence’s major announcement was interrupted briefly The US embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of 2019, Vice-President Mike Pence has said. The date is earlier than some had expected when President Donald Trump declared last month that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital and ordered the start of preparations for […]

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

Image copyright University of Haifa Image caption The fragments of Dead Sea Scroll took a year to piece together One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel. Sixty tiny fragments were pieced together over a period of a year, identifying the name of a […]

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition pledges $1.5bn in new aid

Yemen war: Saudi-led coalition pledges $1.5bn in new aid

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished in Yemen A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has pledged $1.5bn (£2bn) in new humanitarian aid for the country. It will also increase the capacities of Yemeni ports to receive aid and cargo shipments, and set up 17 […]

Syria offensive: Turkish troops ‘capture villages’ in Afrin

Syria offensive: Turkish troops ‘capture villages’ in Afrin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Turkish tanks have entered northern Syria in an offensive targeting Kurdish fighters Turkey says it has captured a number of villages in northern Syria, on the third day of its offensive to oust Kurdish fighters, Turkish media report. Turkish troops, accompanied by pro-Turkey rebels, reportedly seized control of several […]

Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

Turkey steps up Syria shelling as invasion of Afrin looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Thousands of Kurds in northern Syria have held protests against Turkish attacks on Afrin Turkey has intensified its shelling of Kurdish militia in northern Syria, ahead of a threatened ground offensive aimed at driving them out of the area. The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said 70 shells were […]

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