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Syria’s national museum reopens doors in war-scarred Damascus

DAMASCUS: Syria’s National Museum of Damascus opened its rich trove of antiquities to visitors again on Sunday, seven years after war forced them to close and months after the government recaptured all rebel areas near the capital. Only part of the museum, and its collection drawn from the civilizations that have ruled Syria over the millennia, will be reopened immediately, its deputy director Ahmad Deeb said. “We will exhibit a group of artefacts from all periods from prehistory, the ancient east and the classical and…

25,000 evacuated from Syria’s Aleppo so far, says Red Cross

BEIRUT: At least 25,000 people have left the bombed-out eastern districts of Syria's Aleppo since evacuations began last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday. "Yesterday (Monday) only, we evacuated 15,000 people from east Aleppo. If we consider those evacuated on Thursday too, then the total should be 25,000," spokeswoman Ingy Sedky said. She said, "thousands" of others were still waiting to be bussed out, amid a lack of information on the numbers of civilians and fighters remaining in…

Half of rebel Aleppo falls to Syrian forces

ALEPPO: Syrian government forces have recaptured half the former rebel stronghold of east Aleppo, a monitor said, with the UN now facing a "race against time" to aid children forced out by the bloody offensive. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have made swift gains since their offensive against Aleppo - once Syria's commercial powerhouse - began on November 15. Tens of thousands of civilians have streamed out of the city's east, and Russia has renewed calls for humanitarian corridors so aid can enter and desperate…