Aleppo

Thirty per cent of Aleppo's Old City destroyed, UNESCO says

Thirty per cent of the Old City of Aleppo has been destroyed and 60 per cent significantly damaged amid the ongoing conflict there, UNESCO said Friday.

Monitor: 43 insurgents killed in targeting airstrikes in Syria

At least 43 militant rebels were killed in strikes by unidentified jets in Aleppo in northern Syria in the latest such attacks in the war-wracked country, a monitoring group reported Friday.

Air attack on rebel Aleppo area kills four children, monitor says

Four children were among six civilians killed Thursday in a bombardment of a rebel-held area in the northern province of Aleppo, breaching a nationwide ceasefire that went into effect almost two weeks ago, a monitor group said.

Six civilians killed in airstrikes on Aleppo rebel area, monitor says

Six civilians were killed Saturday in airstrikes on a rebel-held area on the outskirts of Aleppo, two days after a mass evacuation was completed from the city, a monitoring group reported.

Two killed, 33 injured in Aleppo blasts: Syrian state media

Two people were killed and 33 injured in blasts caused by explosives left behind by rebel fighters before their departure this week from their stronghold in eastern Aleppo, Syria's state news agency reported.

Monitor: Syrian forces combing eastern Aleppo after mass exodus ends

Syrian government troops and allied paramilitaries were Friday combing eastern Aleppo for potential explosives left behind by rebel fighters a day after mass evacuations from the enclave were completed, a monitoring group said.

Evacuation of eastern Aleppo complete, Syrian media and watchdog say

The evacuation of the last rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo was completed on Thursday, Syrian government media and watchdog the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday.

Evacuation of eastern Aleppo in final phase, UN says

The evacuation of the last rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo was entering its final phase on Thursday, the United Nations said, clearing the way for Syrian government forces to regain full control of the devastated city.

Aleppo evacuations enter last stage after delay

The last residents and rebel fighters in eastern Aleppo were leaving the last opposition enclave in the devastated northern city on Wednesday, signalling the final stage of evacuations that had seen several snags since their start a week ago.

Aleppo evacuations delayed again, as government source blames rebels

The final evacuations of civilians and rebel fighters from east Aleppo appeared to be on hold on Tuesday evening, with a source close to the Syrian military saying rebels inside the devastated enclave were divided and issuing new demands.

Red Cross: 25,000 evacuated from east Aleppo

A total of 25,000 people have been evacuated so far from the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday.

Trapped orphans among 5,000 bussed out of eastern Aleppo

Some 47 children who had been trapped in an orphanage were among 5,000 people bussed out of eastern Aleppo as the evacuation of the rebel enclave gathered pace on Monday.

UN Security Council votes to send observers to Aleppo

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Monday for a compromise measure to send observers to the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

7-year-old Bana, along with family, evacuated from eastern Aleppo

Bana al-Abed, a 7-year-old girl who gained fame for her social media account, has been evacuated from eastern Aleppo.

Thousands leave Aleppo in new evacuations as 50 more buses enter city

Some 50 more buses began entering a rebel-held enclave of eastern Aleppo to carry around 3,000 rebels and their families out of the war-ravaged Syrian city, a monitoring group said Monday.

At least 5 buses carrying Aleppo evacuees reach rebel-held areas

At least five buses carrying evacuees from the Syrian opposition enclave of eastern Aleppo have arrived in rebel-held countryside west of the city, according to a monitoring group and activists.

Officials: Aleppo evacuation suspended, bus driver killed in attack

A Syrian military official says that the evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo has been suspended until wounded people are allowed leave the besieged government-held villages of Foua and Kefraya in the north-west of the country.

Aleppo civilians wait in harsh cold after evacuation buses torched

Would-be evacuees from Aleppo spent most of Sunday waiting in near-freezing temperatures after their evacuation was halted by an attack on busses due to carry out a parallel evacuation from two government-held villages besieged by rebels.

Evacuations set to restart in eastern Aleppo

Syrian government buses Sunday entered the last opposition enclave in eastern Aleppo to restart the evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

Save Aleppo marches draw thousands in London, Berlin

Thousands of protesters joined marches and rallies in London, Berlin and other cities on Saturday to call on their governments to do more to help the trapped residents of Aleppo.

Busses arrive at besieged Syrian villages as Aleppo residents wait

A convoy of busses arrived Saturday evening outside two government-held villages in north-western Syria to shuttle locals out of the area in a quid-pro-quo move ahead of the resumption of evacuation of civilians and fighters from the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo.

Thousands wait to leave besieged Syrian areas under new deal

Thousands of people in Syrian enclaves, besieged by government forces and rebels, were Saturday waiting to leave under a new deal that also clears the way for restarting evacuations from eastern Aleppo. 

Evacuations from Aleppo's last opposition enclave halted

The evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from the last opposition enclave in eastern Aleppo came to a halt Friday, a day after the operation started under a Russian-Turkish agreement.

Evacuation from Syria's eastern Aleppo continues, sources say

Hundreds are still waiting to be evacuated from a rebel-held enclave in Syria's eastern Aleppo Friday as the second consecutive day of departures begins, a member of a rescue team said.

Al-Assad claims "liberation" of Aleppo

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claims the "liberation" of Aleppo from the opposition.

Eastern Aleppo mayor speaks to Brussels summit as Syria looms

The conflict in Syria eclipsed other agenda items at a one-day EU summit in Brussels Thursday as the mayor of besieged eastern Aleppo appeared before EU heads of state and government following an unprecedented last-minute invitation.

Russia: 5,000 militants being evacuated from east Aleppo

Russia has begun evacuating about 5,000 militants and their families from embattled eastern parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo under an order from President Vladimir Putin, a Russian general says.

Evacuations under way in devastated eastern Aleppo

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the besieged rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo on Thursday with plans for more to soon leave the devastated area.

Rebels say new deal for ceasefire, civilian evacuation in Aleppo

A ceasefire is set to go into effect Wednesday night in Aleppo with evacuations of civilians and wounded people from the rebel enclave in the northern Syrian city expected in the morning, spokesmen for two key rebel groups say.

Syrian government resumes Aleppo offensive as evacuation hopes dim

Fighting, shelling and airstrikes resumed Wednesday in Aleppo, dashing hopes that an agreed evacuation of rebel fighters and civilians would start in the early hours of the morning.

Aleppo deal falters, as regime and rebels resume fighting

Syrian government forces and rebels on Wednesday resumed fighting in the divided city of Aleppo, as a ceasefire and a deal to evacuate opposition fighters and civilians seemed to crumble.

Evacuations in east Aleppo delayed as anxious residents await fate

The evacuation of rebels from east Aleppo was delayed even as a ceasefire held on Wednesday, while civilians in the enclave anxiously awaited news on their fate under a deal allowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reassert control over the city.

Deal reached to evacuate rebels from eastern Aleppo, fighting halts

Eastern Aleppo's rebel fighters were due to pull out of the besieged enclave on Wednesday morning, as a ceasefire went into effect, with President Bashar al-Assad looking set to declare victory in Syria's largest city.

UN warns of executions as Syrian regime closes in on Aleppo enclave

The United Nations warned on Tuesday that it had received reports of dozens of extrajudicial executions by Syrian government forces in eastern Aleppo, amid appeals for protection of civilians.

Monitor: Nearly 600 civilians killed in Aleppo during November

Nearly 600 civilians have been killed during the intensified violence in Aleppo during the past month, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.

Syrian opposition vows no concessions to al-Assad despite Aleppo

The head of the main body negotiating for the Syrian opposition vows that he will not make any concessions on key demands, despite the imminent fall of rebel-held Aleppo to the Syrian government's forces.

Rebels down to 3 per cent of Aleppo pocket as locals plead for exit

Only three per cent of the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave was still in rebel hands, a monitoring group said Monday, as residents sent out pleas for help to leave the city amid rapid advances by government forces and heavy shelling.

Residents of east Aleppo send "SOS" message as regime forces close in

Residents of the shrinking rebel enclave in eastern Aleppo are sending out emergency messages, as government troops and its allied militias advance on the pocket.

Regime forces push deeper into eastern Aleppo

After launching heavy strikes, Syrian regime forces managed to take control of a major rebel-held area in eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said Monday.

Residents claim new chlorine gas attack as more flee eastern Aleppo

Residents and activists in the remaining rebel-held areas of eastern Aleppo Saturday reported a suspected chlorine gas attack overnight in the area.

Russia: Syrian military suspends Aleppo attacks to allow evacuation

The Syrian military has suspended its attacks on militant-held eastern Aleppo to let civilians be evacuated to safety, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.

Monitor: Nearly 500 civilians killed in Aleppo in past month

Nearly 500 civilians have been killed in both government-controlled and rebel-held Aleppo since the middle of November, a monitoring group reported Thursday.

West demands a ceasefire in Aleppo as Russia seeks rebel surrender

Six Western powers demanded Wednesday an "immediate ceasefire" to bring aid into rebel-held Aleppo, warning "a humanitarian disaster" is unfolding as the enclave shrinks in size amid an aggressive advance by Syrian government forces.

Syrian government takes Aleppo Old City, rejects proposed ceasefire

Beirut (dpa) - Syrian government forces and their allies advanced deeper into the shrinking rebel-held enclave in eastern Aleppo on Wednesday, seizing the Old City, while demanding the armed opposition groups leave the area.

Regime advances fast in Aleppo as Russia insists on rebel pull-out

Syrian regime forces made rapid inroads in eastern Aleppo Tuesday, as government ally Russia accused the United States of cancelling a key meeting to discuss the fate of the shrinking rebel enclave.

Russia blocks UN resolution for ceasefire in Aleppo

Russia blocks a resolution in the UN Security Council for a one-week ceasefire in the hard-fought northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Russia accuses Syrian militants of killing Russian medics in Aleppo

Two Russian military medics succumbed to injuries suffered during militant shelling of a field hospital in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Aleppo rebels under pressure as Syrian regime troops advance further

Syrian regime troops and their allied forces were moving deeper into the rebel-held enclave of eastern Aleppo on Monday after taking control of a new neighbourhood overnight, a monitoring group said.

Death toll in air bombing of Syria's Idlib climbs to 52, monitor says

Some 52 people were killed Sunday as towns in north-western Syria's rebel-held Idlib province came under intensive air raids, a monitoring group said.

Watchdog: Over 60 per cent of east Aleppo captured by Syrian regime

More than 60 per cent of the rebel enclave of eastern Aleppo has now fallen to Syrian government forces, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Germany pledges additional 50 million euros in aid as Aleppo crumbles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria after visiting a refugee camp in neighbouring Lebanon on Friday.

Red Cross: Fighting in rebel Aleppo enclave triggers exodus

Hundreds of Syrians are arriving every hour in government-controlled areas of Aleppo as they flee fighting in the opposition enclave of the divided city, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Thursday. 

Rebels reverse regime gains in eastern Aleppo as thousands flee city

Syrian opposition fighters on Thursday reversed recent gains by regime forces in a strategic area in the divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

Russia insists it has not bombed Syria's Aleppo in 44 days

Russia has not conducted any airstrikes within a 10-kilometre vicinity of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo in the past 44 days, Russian General Sergei Rudskoi says.

UN holds emergency meeting on Aleppo; 45 killed attempting to flee

The UN Security Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the devastation in Syria's Aleppo on Wednesday hours after 45 civilians died after attempting to flee rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo under shelling.

Syrian government: 484 rebel fighters in Aleppo surrender

According to a member of parliament close to the Syrian government, 484 rebel fighters have surrendered in eastern Aleppo.

27,000 displaced as Syrian regime moves on east Aleppo, watchdog says

Some 27,000 people have been displaced by the Syrian government advance on eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group said on Tuesday, as local rescuers reported that 25 people were killed in an airstrike while seeking safety.

Northern part of rebel-held Aleppo enclave falls, Syria monitor says

Almost a third of the Syrian rebel enclave in the eastern sector of Aleppo has fallen to government forces in two days, forcing 10,000 civilians to flee, a monitoring group said on Monday.

Rebel Aleppo defences crumbling as over 4,000 civilians flee

Syrian government forces Sunday made major advances in the divided city of Aleppo, threatening to drive a wedge through the rebel-held eastern sector, according to state media, a monitoring group and official sources.

Syrian regime advances in Aleppo, launches assault on new areas

Syrian government forces on Saturday said they had captured the Hanano district of rebel-held eastern Aleppo in an assault launched earlier this week.

Red Cross: Situation in Syria's Aleppo is "worsening by the day"

The humanitarian situation inside rebel-held eastern Aleppo "is worsening by the day" as the Syrian government continues to batter residential areas, a Red Cross official told dpa on Friday.

UN: Rebels agree to Aleppo ceasefire, no answer from Syrian regime

Syrian rebels have given guarantees for a humanitarian ceasefire in besieged eastern Aleppo while similar promises from the Syrian government and its ally Russia are still outstanding, senior UN envoy Jan Egeland said Thursday in Geneva.

Russia willing to resume Aleppo ceasefire with UN guarantee

Russia is willing to hold more temporary ceasefires in Syria's northern city of Aleppo provided that the United Nations guarantees the participation of rebels, Russia's Defence Ministry said Wednesday.

Chlorine gas dropped on Aleppo by Syrian regime, watchdog says

Syrian regime helicopters have dropped at least four barrel bombs containing poisonous chlorine gas on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, a monitoring group says.

Syrian government pushes into rebel-held eastern Aleppo

Syrian government ground forces pushed into the rebel-held enclave of eastern Aleppo on Tuesday, a monitoring group said, taking part of a city district held by the opposition since 2012.

12 children reported dead as bloody fight for divided Aleppo rages

Twelve children were among 20 civilians killed Sunday in an exchange of attacks by Syrian regime and rebels in Aleppo, a monitor said, as the government ruled out any let-up in its campaign to take full control of the divided city.

UN envoy gets no concessions from Syria over eastern Aleppo aid

Syria has rejected a United Nations proposal for giving the opposition enclave of eastern Aleppo self-administration, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says.

Monitor: Family of six killed in bombing of opposition Aleppo enclave

Six people from the same family were killed in airstrikes by the Syrian regime on the opposition enclave of the divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported Sunday.

Group: Aleppo's rebel enclave without major hospital after attacks

There is no major medical facility left operating in eastern Aleppo after a key hospital in the besieged Syrian opposition enclave was knocked out of service in an attack, according to an aid group Saturday.

Children's hospital among three targeted in Aleppo airstrikes

A children's hospital was among three medical facilities targeted by airstrikes in a besieged opposition enclave in the Syrian city of Aleppo, a medical aid charity said Friday.

Key Aleppo hospital out of service after bombardment, aid group says

A major hospital in the besieged opposition enclave of the divided city of Aleppo has been knocked out of service after airstrikes hit the facility, a medical aid charity reported on Friday.

Monitor: 30 civilians killed in attacks on rebel-held Aleppo areas

At least 30 civilians were killed on Thursday in intense Syrian government airstrikes and shelling on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

Children's hospital hit as Aleppo airstrikes kill 21, activists say

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.

Monitor: 12 killed as Syrian regime, Russia intensify Aleppo bombing

At least 12 civilians, including four children, were killed on Wednesday in intense airstrikes by the Syrian regime and allied Russians on opposition areas in Syria's divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

Raids on Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo resume

Heavy airstrikes resumed Tuesday on rebel-held eastern Aleppo following a halt of aerial activity over the city for the past three weeks, a monitoring group said.

Two hospitals near Aleppo hit in airstrikes

Airstrikes, believed to be carried out by the Syrian regime or its Russian ally, hit at least two hospitals in rebel-held areas Monday west of Aleppo, a monitoring group reported.

Six civilians killed in Aleppo airstrike, rocket attack

At least six civilians were killed on Sunday in an airstrike and rocket attack in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said.

Monitor: Syrian government recaptures rebel gains in Aleppo offensive

Syrian government forces have recaptured all the areas of western Aleppo taken by rebels in a major offensive aimed at breaking the siege of the opposition-held east of the city, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Russia accuses rebels in Syria's Aleppo of using chemical weapons

Russia's Defence Ministry said Friday that militants in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo have been using chemical weapons.

UN: Food runs out for 250,000 trapped in east Aleppo

A quarter of a million Syrians in the besieged eastern part of Aleppo are at risk of starving as the last aid rations were distributed on Thursday, senior UN advisor Jan Egeland said in Geneva.

Rebel shelling kills eight civilians in divided Aleppo, monitor says

Syrian rebels on Wednesday fired shells on a regime area in the divided city of Aleppo, killing at least eight civilians, a monitoring group said.

Russia announces imminent attacks on Aleppo by aircraft carrier

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced that its first ever attack on Syria from an aircraft carrier is to take place imminently.

Temporary truce takes effect in Aleppo

A temporary ceasefire, announced by the Syrian regime and allied Russia, went into effect in Aleppo Friday amid reported calm in the divided northern city.

UN cuts back Aleppo staffing after office fired upon by tanks

The UN has decided to reduce its staff in Aleppo, after its offices in the government-held west of the city were fired upon by tanks, a spokesman told dpa on Tuesday.

Russia: No Syrian political talks in foreseeable future

Russia does not expect a Syrian political process on ending the conflict anytime in the foreseeable future because it is impossible to negotiate with certain "moderate opposition" forces, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

Amnesty slams rebels for "indiscriminate attacks" on western Aleppo

An international rights group on Monday criticized Syrian opposition rebels for carrying out heavy shelling on regime-held areas in western Aleppo during an offensive to lift the siege on the eastern part of the city. 

Monitor: Syrian rebels step up attack to break regime siege in Aleppo

Syrian rebels on Sunday intensified an offensive they started this week against government forces in Aleppo with the aim of breaking the regime siege on an opposition enclave in the divided northern city, a monitoring group said.

Putin says no to Russian military request to resume Aleppo airstrikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday turned down a request by the military to resume airstrikes on the Syrian city of Aleppo, as opposition rebels launched a major attack on regime-held areas in the divided city.

Syria vows to take control of Aleppo at Moscow talks with allies

The Syrian military will take full control of the war-torn city of Aleppo, Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Friday at talks with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Moscow.

Syrian rebels launch Aleppo offensive aimed at breaking regime siege

Syrian opposition rebels Friday started a widescale attack on regime forces in Aleppo aimed at breaking the government siege on their enclave of the contested city, both a monitoring group and the opposition said.

14 killed in Syria strikes as Russia says new Aleppo truce unlikely

Some 14 people were killed in what appeared to be Russian airstrikes in northern Syria on Monday, a monitoring group said, while a Russian minister said that Moscow was not currently considering a new ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo.

Aleppo ceasefire ends without promised evacuations

No civilians were evacuated during the Russian-announced truce in Aleppo, a Red Cross official in the city said after the truce expired at 7 pm Saturday (1600 GMT).

UN opens investigation into September attack on aid convoy in Syria

The United Nations Friday announced an investigation into an attack on a UN aid convoy in Syria last month which killed an aid worker and 20 civilians.

Aid workers: No "security guarantees" to move wounded from Aleppo

Aid workers said they lack the necessary "security guarantees" to evacuate the wounded from rebel-held eastern Aleppo in northern Syria, as the Russian "humanitarian pause" in the besieged areas moved into its second day on Friday.

UN rights body pressures Syria, Russia with Aleppo war crimes probe

The UN Human Rights Council decided Friday to launch an investigation into war crimes against civilians in Aleppo, putting pressure on the Syrian government and its ally, Russia, which have been bombarding the Syrian city.

Clashes on escape routes throw Aleppo "humanitarian pause" into doubt

Russia's "humanitarian pause" went into effect on Thursday in Aleppo, but clashes were reported along the dividing line between areas controlled by the rebels and the government, and civilians were unable to leave besieged areas.

Respite in Aleppo as halt to airstrikes holds, activists say

The Syrian regime and its Russian allies on Wednesday suspended airstrikes on rebel areas in the divided city of Aleppo for the second successive day, ahead of a humanitarian pause announced by Moscow for later this week, activists said.

Russia offers eight-hour pause to Aleppo campaign

Moscow has said it will carry out an eight-hour ceasefire to Russian and Syrian government air raids in and around Aleppo, in which at least 35 people were killed on Monday, according to a monitoring group.

Dozens reported killed in airstrikes in and around Aleppo

At least 35 people were killed Monday in airstrikes in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, thought to have been carried out by the government or its Russian ally, a monitoring group and medical officials said.

Aleppo becoming 'kill box' for children, Doctors Without Borders says

Unrelenting airstrikes on a besieged rebel section of Syria's northern city of Aleppo have turned it into a "kill box" for children, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned on Friday.