Syrian Regime Attacks Kills 75 Civilians in East Ghouta

 At least 75 civilians were reported killed by air strikes of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the rebel-held region of Ghouta Timur. The attacks were launched in a number of residential areas on Thursday, according to sources from the Syrian Civil Defense Group or also known as White Helmets, as reported by the Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency , Air strikes launched in the settlements killed 27 people in Arbin, 17 in Jisrin, 2 in Zamalka, 3 in Sabka, 3 in Misraba, 7 (19659002) Eight civilians were also killed in the air strikes on the Duma, as well as four in Hazzah and two other civilians in Harasta.

White Helmets volunteers have jumped into the scene of attacks to search for and rescue victims.

East Ghouta close to Damascus, has been besieged by Syrian forces for more than four years. Then in May 2017 when the government troops launched a large-scale military operation.

Air strikes in the East Ghouta region have increased in recent days, after a Russian warplane was shot down over the weekend in rebel-held Idlib province.

According to Syrian Observer for Human Rights group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 200 civilians have been killed since Monday (5/2) in the Syrian regime's air strikes in East Ghouta. Among the dead included at least 54 children and 41 women. Mentioned Observatory, more than 700 civilians were also wounded in the air strikes

(ita / ita)

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Evidence Show Syrian Military Use Chlorine Gas in Idlib

The UN Security Council meets to discuss Syria on Monday amid a new report on possible use of chemical weapons in the country.

"We have reports that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chlorine gas against its people some times in recent weeks, including yesterday, "said US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, to council members. "There is clear evidence of dozens of casualties."

The first medical group and respondents in Syria reported that some civilians had signs consistent with chlorine gas poisoning, including respiratory distress and chlorine odor on their clothing, after a reported chemical attack occurred in Saraqeb City, Idlib Province, Sunday (4/2) night. No casualties were reported.

Radi Saad of the civil defense group, White Helmets, told Reuters news agency that the chemicals were dropped from a helicopter in two barrels.

The rebel-held idli is one of four zones called zones free of conflict. But the fighting has been fierce since December, as Syrian troops, backed by Russian fighter jets and Iranian-backed militia, have launched attacks to reclaim a rebel stronghold.

On Saturday (3/2), rebels there shot down Russian fighter jet, killing its pilot. [as/al]

US Extends Temporary Protection Status for Syrian Immigrants

The Trump Administration extended the Status of Temporary Protection or TPS to more than 7,000 Syrians living in America.

TPS allows migrants and refugees to be in the US safely as long as the situation is dangerous if they return to their country.

"It is clear that the conditions underlying Syrian classification are still valid," said the Minister of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, Wednesday (31/1) night.

The conditions include armed conflicts and those according to Homeland Security is called "extraordinary and temporary conditions."

Civil war, terrorism, and crimes against humanity such as the poison gas attack have caused the Obama administration in 2012 to grant TPS status to Syrian people fleeing to America.

(19659003) Only Syrians who have been in the United States since August 1, 2016 end of the 18 month period, are eligible to receive TPS status. [ps/jm]

Syrian Rocket Attack to Turkey, 2 Killed and 11 Injuries

 Rockets were fired from Syria to southern Turkey. As a result, two died and 11 others were injured.

Reported by AFP on Thursday (25/1/2018), the rocket firing occurred on Wednesday (24/1) by Kurdish militia group Syria. The incident took place on the fifth day of the assault of Ankara to the Kurdish militia of Syria that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished to eliminate.

A rocket was launched in the afternoon before it hit and destroyed a mosque on the border of Turkey's Kilis province.

"The next rocket struck a house," said Killi Governor Mehmet Tekinarslan.

The two dead were Turkish and Syrian respectively. Governor Mehmet said the attack was the responsibility of the Kurdish militia from the People's Protection Units (YPG) group.

On Saturday, Turkey launched an 'Olive Branch' operation that targeted Syrian and YPG rebels. The operation was encouraged to drive the YPG group from the district of Afrin in northern Syria.

A few hours before the rocket attack, President Erdogan said that Syrian opposition fighters and Turkish troops were getting closer in control of the Afrin district.

"Until the last terrorist neutralized, this operation will continue, "he vowed.

Ankara sees YPG as a terror group linked to the forbidden Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for uprising in Turkey for three decades. PKK itself incorporated Ankara and its Western allies in the blacklist as terror organizations.

However, YPG is still working with the US Washington party against Islamic extremist groups in Syria.
(gbr / elz)

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Kill Syrian Refugees and Their Infants, 2 Turkish Men Banned for Life

Two Turkish men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a Syrian female refugee and her baby. Both men violently raped the Syrian refugee and then killed him.

The case of rape and murder that took place in 2017 triggered a public uproar and public criticism of Turkey. As reported by AFP Tuesday (16/1/2018), Syrian refugees were raped and stoned to death by the perpetrators in Sakarya Province.

When attacked, the Syrian refugee is pregnant and is known to give birth to her baby within days. Not only that, with the cruel of the perpetrators also strangle the baby aged 10 months to death. The baby was also the daughter of the refugee woman.

The Turkish court, as quoted by Anadolu declared both Turkish men guilty of premeditated murder, killing pregnant women, sexual assault and killing a defenseless baby defensively.

The two unnamed Turkish men are each sentenced to life imprisonment.

The victim's husband claimed to be dissatisfied with the sentence handed down on Monday (15/1) local time. "Those who killed my wife and baby brutally, have no right to live," he said, crying out of court.

The case began in July 2017, when the victim's husband reported to the Turkish security authorities after failing to find his pregnant wife and her 10-month-old baby. After conducting an investigation, the Turkish authorities arrested two men who claimed to have carried out barbaric acts.

The perpetrators infiltrated the victim's home and took her baby to a forest in Sakarya. The body of the victim and her baby was found by the villagers of Sakarya.

Turkish local media reported that the two perpetrators working in the same factory as the victim's husband had quarreled with the victim's husband before the rape and murder took place.

(nvc / rna)