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Syria war: Fresh strikes on besieged Eastern Ghouta kill dozens

Image copyright EPA Image caption Opposition activists said Douma was one of at least 10 Eastern Ghouta towns hit on Tuesday At least 50 civilians have reportedly been killed in fresh Syrian government attacks on the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus. First responders from the Syria Civil Defence said air and artillery strikes […]

Iran plane crash wreckage ‘found on mountain’

Media captionState media aired footage of what it said was the wreckage, barely visible in the snow Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they have found the wreckage of a passenger plane that crashed on Sunday. State TV aired footage, taken from a helicopter, purportedly showing wreckage on snowy mountainsides. The Aseman Airlines plane came down in […]

Syria war: Dozens of civilians killed in Eastern Ghouta strikes

Media captionChildren were among those rescued after Monday’s air strikes in Eastern Ghouta Bombardments by Syrian government forces have killed dozens of civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area outside Damascus, activists say. At least 77 civilians, including 20 children, were killed in air strikes and rocket fire on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human […]

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines plane

Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Rescue helicopters have been hit by bad weather high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to look for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Local government officials reported that the wreckage had been found, but a […]

Afrin offensive: Turkey warns Syria against helping Kurds

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Turkey has warned the Syrian government not to help Kurds fighting against Turkish forces in northern Syria. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Turkey’s operations were going ahead as planned and it would be a “disaster” if Syrian troops were to intervene. Syrian media had earlier […]

Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not […]

Iran plane crash: Search continues for missing Aseman Airlines jet

Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Rescue helicopters have been hit by bad weather high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to look for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Officials told state media that the wreckage had been found, but an […]

Afrin: Syria ‘sending fighters to help Kurds against Turkey’

Media captionWhy is Turkey attacking Syria? Mark Lowen explains Syrian pro-government forces will help Syrian Kurds fighting against a Turkish offensive in north-west Syria, Syria’s state news agency reports. It comes after Syrian Kurdish officials said the government in Damascus had agreed to send troops. Turkey regards the Kurdish fighters, just across its border in […]

Gaza women’s TV channel blocked by Hamas

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not […]

Iran plane crash: Agonising wait continues for relatives

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Passengers’ relatives have been gathering as they await news of relatives Relatives of 66 people who were on board a plane that crashed in Iran are desperately waiting for any news, as a search operation is set to resume. The Aseman Airlines passenger plane came down in the Zagros mountains […]