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SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
UN monitors reach Qubair massacre site but find no sign of who did it
Observers find smouldering houses, the stench of burning flesh, and body parts but few bodies. They need to carry out a closer inspection because the situation "is unclear". Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to arm rebels, al-Qaeda extremists and Salafis. A car bomb explodes in Damascus. Turkey urged to lead a NATO intervention. Kofi Annan warns of a large-scale civil war in the making.
14/12/2016 18:17:00 SYRIA
Truce collapses in Aleppo, fighting resumes, large arms deals are revealed
Government forces control almost the entire city, except for a rebel pocket that still resists. With the collapse of evacuation plans brokered by Turkey and Russia, bombing starts up again. Rebels hoarded food and aid destined for civilians. East European weapons provided to rebels via Gulf States.
Twin bombings in Damascus city center
One bomb exploded at the army headquarters. The second targeted the area west of the city. At the UN General Assembly Qatar calls for military intervention in Arab countries for "humanitarian" reasons.
06/05/2016 18:59:00 SYRIA
Refugee camp attack, odd for Syrian bishop; “blind violence” intensifies in Aleppo
Mgr Abou Khazen calls for caution before jumping to conclusions about the attack against a refugee camp near the Turkish border that killed 28. In Aleppo, people are living in fear or fleeing. Truce was broken “thousands of times”. Caritas Syria is set to organise a blood drive for Aleppo’s wounded. Tonight prayers for peace will be held in Damascus.
04/01/2006 SYRIA LEBANON UNITED NATIONS
Pressures on Syria mounting to accept UN demands
A top Saudi official is expected in Damascus following the Mubarak-Abdallah meeting. French President Chirac calls on Syria "to be more cooperative". Khaddam's next TV appearance is causing tensions. Syrian Prime Minister uses threatening tone against Jumblatt.
Fighting dies down, Hezbollah controls west Beirut
Mobilised on orders from their leader, militiamen of the Party of God have gained the advantage against the supporters of Hariri, closing their radio, television, and newspaper outlets. The UN security council expresses its support for the legitimate government. Saudi Arabia wants a meeting of the foreign ministers of Arab countries.
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