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Animals evacuated to Turkey from ‘neglected’ Syria zoo

ISTANBUL: An international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria. The Four Paws group was seeking to move two lions and two domestic dogs from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in Syria over the border into Turkey and then to an animal protection centre in the north of the country, a spokesman for the charity told AFP. The convoy with the animals crossed the Syria-Turkey border late Friday…

British war surgeon returns to Gaza to train doctors

GAZA: British war surgeon David Nott was back in the Gaza Strip this week to share with local doctors specialist knowledge he has amassed from working in conflict and disaster zones over the past quarter-century. An expert in using minimal equipment to treat patients in basic facilities, Nott returned three years after his previous visit during the 2014 Gaza war between Israel and Palestinian militants. This time, hospitals in Gaza are again struggling to cope with a crisis: power cuts and medicine shortages stemming…

Nearly half a million displaced Syrians return home: UN

GENEVA: Nearly half a million displaced Syrians have returned to their homes since the beginning of the year, mainly to find family members and check on property, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. The agency said it had seen "a notable trend of spontaneous returns to and within Syria in 2017." Since January, about 440,000 people who had been displaced within the war-ravaged country had returned to their homes, mainly in Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus, Andrej Mahecic, a spokesman for the agency, known as the UNHCR,…

Girl chronicles Aleppo terror in ‘Myriam’s Diary’

PARIS: Her childhood shattered by "grown-up stuff", Myriam Rawick was only eight years old when she began recording her terrifying experiences during the siege of Aleppo, Syria's second city. "I woke up one morning to the sound of things breaking, people shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God is greatest' in Arabic)," Myriam wrote. "I was so afraid I wanted to throw up. I hugged my doll tight, saying 'Don't be afraid, don't be afraid, I'm here with you'." The gut-wrenching chronicle, translated from Arabic into French and published…

If London were Aleppo – Buckingham Palace destroyed, 4.3 million dead or displaced

The bullet-riddled, bombed-out buildings of Aleppo may bear little resemblance to London's gleaming skyscrapers but the two cities once had much in common, something German artist Hans Hack has seized on to bring home the reality of war. Before Syria's six-year civil war, Aleppo -- like London -- was its country's biggest city, as well as a key commercial hub. But, unlike teeming London, half of Aleppo is now effectively a ghost town. To bring the suffering home to those in Europe, data visualizer Hack has used United…

Syria evacuees bomb attack death toll rises to 112: monitor

DAMASCUS: The death toll in a suicide car bomb attack on buses carrying Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns has risen to at least 112, a monitoring group said on Sunday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 98 evacuees from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya were killed when an explosives-laden vehicle hit their buses at a transit point west of Aleppo on Saturday. It said the remainder of the dead were aid workers and rebels tasked with guarding the buses. It warned the death toll…

Meet the man behind the viral Syria photo

ALEPPO: Photo of Mohammed Mohiedin Anis listening to music in his destroyed bedroom touched a chord around the world on eve of sixth anniversary of Syria’s civil war. Here is an AFP interview of the man Car enthusiast Mohammed Mohiedin Anis gazes sadly at a 1955 Buick Super, one of his collection of vintage cars “wounded” in battles that ravaged the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy bombardment of the eastern district of Shaar had blown massive chunks of concrete off a nearby building, crushing the vintage Buick’s…

Aleppo football fans cheer first home game in years

ALEPPO: Syrians cheered excitedly in an Aleppo stadium on Saturday (Jan 28) as they watched their first live football match in the war-ravaged city in years. The Ittihad club beat Hurriya 2-1 in their first match on home turf since rebels took east Aleppo in 2012, dividing the northern city into a regime-held west and rebel-controlled east. The sixth stage league game comes after the army last month retook Aleppo's eastern neighbourhoods, regaining control of the whole city. Read More: Lindsay Lohan meets…

Lindsay Lohan meets Aleppo’s tweeting girl Bana Alabed

ISTANBUL: US actress Lindsay Lohan on Friday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and seven-year-old Syrian girl blogger Bana al-Abed in Ankara, the Turkish presidency said on its website. In a picture taken at the presidential palace, a smiling Lohan is standing next to Erdogan, who is embracing Bana, and his wife Emine. look who I am with.... I have a new friend Lindsay Lohan @lindsaylohan https://t.co/AdAsjmiDBd — Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) January 27, 2017 Bana shared a short video on Twitter, in which…

Massive tanker bomb kills 48 in Syria border town

BEIRUT: A massive tanker truck bomb ripped through a market by a courthouse in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz on Saturday, killing 48 people and wounding dozens near the Turkish border. The attack appeared to be the deadliest yet in the town in northern Aleppo province, which has been regularly hit by bombings targeting rebels and civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least fourteen rebels were among the dead, but most of those killed were civilians, including five religious judges…