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A hospital in Hama countryside was declared out of service after Assad warplanes’ attack on Saturday.

Al-Latamneh Surgical Hospital, in al-Latamenh town northwest of Hama, was directly targeted by an Assad helicopter which dropped a chlorine-laden barrel-bomb, Orient News correspondent Firas Karam reported.

The barrel bomb fell at the entrance of the hospital, leading to the immediate death of one of the injured, who was in the emergency room, he added.

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A Spanish court is to investigate allegations that nine members of the Syrian regime committed “state terrorism” by kidnapping, torturing and murdering a truck driver who disappeared in Damascus four years ago.

The landmark case – the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court – has been brought on behalf of the victim’s sister, a Spanish citizen who lives in Madrid.

Lawyers acting for the woman, known as Mrs AH,...

“I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.”

Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after spending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.

Conditions in the Syrian regime’s detention centres are hellish. Detainees describe being held in overcrowded cells,...

Syrian children show symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report released Tuesday.

Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.

The report from Save the Children comes as the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war approaches and it calls on all sides to prioritize mental health issues before...

At least 876 civilians were killed last month in war-torn Syria, mostly by the Assad regime and its allies, according to a U.K.-based NGO. According to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 471 people -- including 79 children and 55 women -- were killed in February attacks by regime forces, allied terrorist groups and Russian aircraft in different parts of the country. Eighteen others were tortured to death by regime forces, the NGO claimed. It went on to allege that some 180...

A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo in December, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria’s largest city.

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria unveiled a report looking at violations by all parties in last year’s battle for Aleppo. It singled out a “particularly egregious attack” in which Syrian warplanes targeted a humanitarian aid convoy.

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Chief Negotiator of the Syrian Opposition Riyad Hijab wrote in an open letter to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, that the Assad regime and its supporters have violated the truce 399 times since it took effect on December 30, killing at least 271 people.

Hijab called for the UN and its member states to intervene in the worsening situation, particularly in Barada Valley in Damascus, where violations of the truce have caused a new humanitarian crisis, and to...

Anas Jibran looks protectively over at his daughter learning how to walk again. He remembers the exact date the five-year-old lost her limb. Reem Anas walks assisted by crutches and a nurse to get used to her new left leg.

Reem Anas and her father are from Termanin, in the Idlib province of Syria.

“On January 25, 2016, there was a Russian airstrike on my village. It was four o’clock in the evening, I had stepped out for 15 minutes,” Jibran says. “When I came back I found the...

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Executive Council (EC) adopted by vote a decision that expresses grave concern about and condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, calls on all parties identified in the OPCW-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports as responsible for chemical weapons use to desist immediately and authorises additional inspections at selected sites and facilities of...

Civilians in regime-besieged neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo have faced severe bread shortages since Saturday, according to a local civil defense official.

"Only three bakeries are still functioning to meet the needs of thousands of city residents," Najib al-Ansari, a pro-opposition civil defense official based in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency.

"The bakeries don’t have the capacity to meet the demand for bread in eastern Aleppo," he said. "Few local residents are able to benefit...

Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross.

Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into remaining rebel-held territory, or crossed into government-controlled western Aleppo or Kurdish-held districts.

The 20,000 figure is an estimate and could increase as "people are fleeing in different directions", International Committee of the Red Cross...

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said rebel-held parts of Aleppo had received no aid since the beginning of July, and food was becoming scarce.

Supplies provided by the World Food Programme ran out on 13 November and aid from other agencies is dwindling, "effectively leaving eastern Aleppo city without food," he said.

The UN said it is "extremely concerned" about the estimated 275,000 civilians trapped in "horrific conditions".

"We urge all parties to the conflict to put an...

A Children's hospital was hit and 21 people killed in intensified airstrikes Wednesday on the divided Syrian city of Aleppo, according to medical workers and a monitoring group.

The dead included five children and a volunteer medic, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Russia - an ally of the Syrian regime- denied it was involved in the Aleppo raids, which resumed on Tuesday after a three-week pause.

Damascus on Tuesday announced that it was launching a major...

last remaining food rations are currently being handed out in Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo and there will be nothing left to distribute next week without a resupply, the UN said Thursday.

United Nations aid convoys have not reached the besieged eastern part of Aleppo since July, when regime forces cut off the last supply route.

"The reports we have now from within East Aleppo is that the last food rations are being distributed as we speak," the head of a UN-backed...

Israeli forces destroyed a home in the town of Majdal Shams – the first such demolition in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for more than 30 years, according to the Al-Marsad human rights group based in the territory.

In an appeal to the European Union, Al-Marsad states that the Syrian owners of dozens of homes have been notified that their houses are due to be demolished on the pretext that they were built without permits.

“As a result of the severe restrictions imposed by...