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Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilities

Wounded Syrian soldiers learn to live with war disabilitiesMany Syrian government soldiers, after years of intense fighting, now face a new reality of learning to live without one or more of their limbs or with other serious disabilities. One hospital manufactures 60 prosthetic limbs a day, reflecting the high demand in a nation wracked by a bloody civil war.



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Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal 'temporary'

Syrian president says Russia-Turkey Idlib deal 'temporary'BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Sunday that the Russian-Turkish deal to avert a military offensive in the northwestern province of Idlib is a "temporary one" that prevented bloodshed but that his government's goal is to restore control over all of Syria.



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Syrian official says S-300 defenses will give Israel pause

Syrian official says S-300 defenses will give Israel pauseBEIRUT (AP) — Israel should think carefully before attacking Syria again once it obtains the sophisticated S-300 defense system from Russia, a Damascus official said.



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Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coastThe ministry said that while Syrian anti-aircraft had mistakenly shot down the plane of a close ally, Israeli jets flying nearby had put the Russian jet in the path of danger, and it threatened to retaliate over what it called a hostile act. “As for retaliatory measures, they will be aimed first and foremost at further ensuring the safety of our military personnel and facilities in Syria.



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Polls open in Syrian local elections: state media

Polls open in Syrian local elections: state mediaVoting began across government-controlled parts of Syria on Sunday for the war-ravaged country’s first local elections since 2011, state news agency SANA said. “Voting centres opened for citizens to cast their ballots to elect their representatives in the local administrative councils,” SANA reported. Syrian state television broadcast footage of voters around Damascus and in the coastal government bastions of Tartus and Latakia dropping their ballots into plastic boxes as election officials looked on.



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Russian and Syrian jets pound Idlib province after summit

Russian and Syrian jets pound Idlib province after summitIdlib is Syria’s last major stronghold of active opposition to the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. At least a dozen air strikes hit a string of villages and towns in southern Idlib and the town of Latamneh and Kafr Zeita in northern Hama where rebels are still in control, witnesses and rescuers said. Syrian helicopters dropped so-called barrel bombs — containers filled with explosive material — on homes on the outskirts of the city of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib, two residents said.



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Russia and Turkey Will Collide Over End of Syrian Civil War

Russia and Turkey Will Collide Over End of Syrian Civil WarThis is Washington's chance to repair ties with Ankara to counter Moscow and Damascus.



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Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack 

Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack A Syrian rebel group has claimed it killed the director of a government chemical weapons programme research facility in a car bombing. Aziz Asber, director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, died near the city of Homs when explosives planted in his car went off, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported Sunday.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said the attack took place on Saturday. The Abu Amara Brigades rebel group claimed responsibility in a statement posted on its Telegram channel, saying it it detonated "planted explosive devices" in Mr Asber's vehicle.   The group is an affiliate of Islamist group Tahrir al-Sham, which is itself linked with al-Qaeda. The government denies it possesses chemical weapons, and denies the claims that it killed hundreds of people in rebel-held areas using chemical agents. Al-Watan blamed Israel for Mr Asber's killing. The chemical weapons watchdog said it found no evidence of nerve gas after an April attack on Douma, but chlorine may have been used Credit: AFP PHOTO / SYRIA CIVIL DEFENCE An Israeli official refused to comment on the report, according to Reuters. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria to block weapons transfers to the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, which is supporting the Syrian government's campaign against rebels. Western governments claim the research centre was a covert government facility.  It had been targeted by air strikes last year, which the Syrian government said were carried out by Israel.  The US Britain, and France struck another research facility in Damascus in April in response to a gas attack in Douma that killed more than 40 people. It was the second major Western intervention against the regime, following several chemical weapons attack during the civil war, which has been ongoing since 2011. Syria chemical weapons A UN investigation held the government of Bashar al-Assad responsible for a sarin attack on the then rebel bastion Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, which killed about 100 people. The worst attack, also blamed on the government, was in 2013, when about 1,000 people died in a sarin attack in a rebel-held area in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital. Assad's forces, backed by Russia, Iran, and Hizbollah, have regained most of the rebel-held territories across the country. The fighting in Syria has led to one of the worst modern humanitarian disasters, with more than 10 million people forced to flee their homes. 



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Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense minister

Israel will not accept any Syrian refugees on its territory: defense ministerBy Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel will not allow any Syrian refugees to enter its territory but will continue to provide them with humanitarian aid, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Friday. More than 120,000 people in southwestern Syria have been forced to flee since the Syrian government launched an offensive to recover an area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from rebels, a monitoring group said. The Israeli military said an increased number of Syrian civilians had been spotted in refugee camps on the Syrian side of the Golan over the past few days, and that it had overnight sent aid supplies at four locations “to Syrians fleeing hostilities”.



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Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. denies

Syrian, Iraqi forces say U.S. bombs military border positions, U.S. deniesBy Angus McDowall BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state media said on Monday that U.S.-led coalition aircraft had bombed a Syrian army position near the Iraqi border, causing deaths and injuries, but the U.S. military denied it was responsible. The attack took place in al-Harra, southeast of the town of Albu Kamal, state news agency SANA said, citing a military source. A commander in the alliance fighting alongside Damascus told Reuters that drones that were “probably American” had bombed the positions of Iraqi factions between Albu Kamal and Tanf, as well as Syrian military positions.



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