January 29, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The bodies of dozens of young men, apparently victims of summary execution, were found along a small river in the war-ravaged northern Syria city of Aleppo, opposition activists said Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based pro-opposition group, said it had managed to document the names of at least 17 of the 65 men whose corpses were pulled from along the waterway in the city's Bustan al-Qasr district. Amateur video purported to be from the scene showed mud-caked bodies and streaks of blood along the riverbank.
July 29, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Fierce clashes and hours of bombardment were reported Saturday in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where rebels and government forces have been bracing for a critical battle in the nation's commercial hub. It wasn't clear whether Saturday's fighting signaled the start of a major government offensive to retake the city, a confrontation that could prove a decisive moment in the 17-month rebellion against Syrian President Bashar Assad....
August 4, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria - In a two-room apartment where the paint is peeling off the walls, a woman talked about the bombardment of her neighborhood as her granddaughters, ages 3 and 4, sat nearby clutching teddy bears. "They tell me, 'Grandma, tell them not to hit us, not to injure us, not to kill us,'" said the woman, who like others in this article didn't want to give her first name. "We're just civilians. What's our crime? We're not with this side or this side. " Two weeks into a fierce Syrian government offensive in Aleppo, few residents remain in the Salahuddin neighborhood, where some estimate more than 100,000 used to live in addition to hundreds of displaced families fleeing the shattered city of Homs who found cheap housing here.
February 12, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition forces said Tuesday that they had captured a strategic military air base near the embattled northern city of Aleppo, the latest air facility reportedly overrun by insurgents. The reported capture of the Jarrah air base, about 40 miles east of Aleppo, came after a 17-day siege during which forces loyal to President Bashar Assad were cut off from supplies, said a representative - reached by Skype - of the Liwa al Islam group, one of the rebel units reported to have taken the airfield.
February 13, 2014 |
When Omar Naasir wants a restful night's sleep in Aleppo, he says, he stays as close as possible to the front line of the ongoing clashes between Syrian rebel and government forces. Farther back in his rebel-controlled neighborhood, Naasir says, the risk of death greatly increases because of the barrel bombs and other explosives raining down daily amid the government's bombardment campaign. "Between us and the regime army is sometimes less than 100 meters, so they don't drop barrel bombs there so they don't strike their positions," he said via Skype, referring to the deadly oil drums filled with TNT. "With barrel bombs, there is a feeling of paralysis that is indescribable," said the former peace activist turned rebel.
August 13, 2012 |
ALEPPO, Syria - In million-dollar apartments in a neighborhood of the city as yet unscathed, the battle for Aleppo plays out daily on flat-screen TVs. Amid imported sofas and abstract art, the revolution doesn't seem so close. But as the call for night prayers rang out from the minaret of the nearby mosque on a recent day, two loud explosions boomed. "Do you hear that?" a father of seven asked, briefly looking away from the TV. "It's like this every night. " From the balcony, which on this night let in a little cool summer breeze, his family can occasionally see smoke rising above other Aleppo neighborhoods that are under attack by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.