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Air strikes on southern Syria kill 22 civilians: monitor

Air strikes on southern Syria kill 22 civilians: monitorA barrage of Russian air strikes on rebel-held areas of southern Syria killed 22 civilians on Thursday, a monitoring group said, most of them in a single battered town. “At least 35 Russian air strikes hit the town of Al-Mseifra,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “One of them hit a basement where people were taking shelter, killing 17 civilians, including five children,” the Britain-based monitor said.



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Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians fleeBy Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 12,500 civilians had fled the town of Busra al-Hariri and nearby areas of Deraa province in the last two days. The United States has warned it would take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to government violations of a “de-escalation” deal it brokered with Russia last year to contain the conflict in the southwest.



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Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port

Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen portBy Mohammed Ghobari and Mohamed Mokashef ADEN (Reuters) – Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen’s Hodeidah on Thursday as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. “The fighting is getting close to the al-Manzar area near the airport and people are fleeing in fear,” said Mohammed Abdullah, an employee of the Houthi administration in the city. Coalition forces were just 2 km from the airport, the Emirati ambassador to the United Nations, Obeid Salem Al Zaabi, told reporters in Geneva.



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Strikes kill 23 civilians in IS-held area in Syria: monitor

Strikes kill 23 civilians in IS-held area in Syria: monitorAir strikes killed at least 23 civilians including 10 children in a village held by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. “We don’t know for the moment if the US-led international coalition or Iraqi forces carried out the strike” on the village of Al-Qasr in Hasakeh province, the Observatory said. The US-led coalition, which is backing a Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting IS near Syria’s eastern border with Iraq, denied it carried out the strikes.



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Syria rebels, civilians leave penultimate Ghouta pocket

Syria rebels, civilians leave penultimate Ghouta pocketHundreds of Syrian rebels and civilians quit the penultimate opposition-held pocket of Eastern Ghouta on Saturday, bringing the government ever closer to sealing its victory over the battered enclave. Eastern Ghouta was the opposition’s final stronghold on the edge of Damascus, but beleaguered rebels are now left with less than 10 percent of their one-time bastion. Since February 18, a Russian-backed air and ground assault has brought most of the area under government control, and Damascus is using evacuation deals to clear the last three pockets.



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Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern Ghouta

Syrian Regime's Airstrikes Kill Scores Of Besieged Civilians In Eastern GhoutaA renewed onslaught of bombing in Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta enclave has wreaked havoc in the region, killing nearly 200 people in a matter of days and shattering cease-fire negotiations.



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Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitor

Air strikes kill at least 17 civilians in Syria rebel enclave: monitorRegime and Russian air strikes on a rebel-held enclave near the Syrian capital killed at least 17 civilians on Saturday, a war monitor said. Eastern Ghouta, one of the last remaining opposition strongholds in the country, is the target of near-daily air raids. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday’s deadliest strikes had hit the Hammuriyeh district, killing 12 civilians including four children.



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Colorado shooting latest: Deputy killed after gunman shoots at officers and civilians near Denver

Colorado shooting latest: Deputy killed after gunman shoots at officers and civilians near DenverA volley of gunfire met deputies who entered an apartment after responding to an early morning disturbance call, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters, with the assailant firing “well over 100 rounds” before dying in the gunfight. Authorities had visited the same apartment complex in the middle of the night to address a noise complaint, Mr Spurlock said, but departed after hearing nothing and discerning no issue. “All of them were shot very, very quickly,” Mr Spurlock said.



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HRW accuses Yazidi fighters in Iraq of executing civilians

HRW accuses Yazidi fighters in Iraq of executing civiliansFighters from Iraq’s Yazidi community, brutally targeted by the Islamic State group, executed 52 civilians in apparent revenge killings after capturing territory from the jihadists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. “Relatives of victims told Human Rights Watch that on June 4, 2017, Yazidi forces detained and then apparently executed men, women, and children,” the US-based rights group said in a report. After seizing Iraq’s Sinjar area in 2014, IS unleashed a brutal campaign against the Yazidis — dubbed heretics by the jihadists for their non-Muslim faith — that the UN says could amount to genocide.



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US military says civilians not killed in Somali raid

US military says civilians not killed in Somali raidUS military investigators said Wednesday that only enemy fighters were shot dead in a joint US-Somali raid in August, amid allegations that multiple civilians were killed. At issue is an August 25 operation at a farm near Bariire in Somalia’s Lower Shabelle region, when Somali troops and US special forces attacked a suspected hideout for fighters from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group. Local elders called a news conference in the capital Mogadishu and displayed nine bodies, two of them children, saying they were civilians killed in cold blood by Somali troops.



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