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Scale of Devastation in Aleppo Is Staggering

Rebuilding Syria's biggest city could cost $40B

(Newser) - After more than four years of brutal street fighting and punishing aerial bombardments, the staggering extent of destruction in Aleppo begins to emerge: Tens of thousands of homes and apartments are uninhabitable, most factories have been looted or destroyed, and some ancient landmarks have been reduced to rubble, the AP... More »

After 4 Years of War, Syria Reclaims Aleppo

It's a crippling blow to the opposition

(Newser) - The Syrian city of Aleppo returned to government control Thursday after the last remaining opposition fighters and civilians evacuated, ending a four-year rebel hold over parts of the country. The announcement was made through an army statement broadcast on Syrian state TV shortly after the last four buses carrying fighters... More »

Bana Alabed Goes From Ruins of Aleppo to Presidential Palace

7-year-old Twitter star thanks Erdogan for 'supporting the children of Aleppo'

(Newser) - From the war-torn ruins of eastern Aleppo to the presidential palace in Turkey. CNN reports 7-year-old Bana Alabed—whose Twitter account has gained more than 350,000 followers since September—posed for photos and video with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in Ankara. "Thank you for supporting... More »

Young Syrian Twitter Star Is Safe

Bana Alabed is evacuated from Aleppo

(Newser) - One of the most famous residents of besieged Aleppo has made it out safely. Tweets from humanitarian officials show that 7-year-old Bana Alabed was evacuated safely from the city on Monday, reports the Independent . As government forces had closed in on the city in recent weeks, the girl's Twitter... More »

Why Syrian Rebels Allegedly Burned Evacuation Buses

The 6 vehicles were poised to enter 2 pro-government villages

(Newser) - France struck a compromise Sunday with Russia on a UN resolution that it said would prevent "mass atrocities" in besieged areas of Aleppo, where thousands of trapped civilians and rebel fighters await evacuation in freezing temperatures, reports the AP . The resolution to deploy UN monitors to eastern Aleppo to... More »

Obama to Russia: 'We Can Do Stuff to You'

Obama delivers final press conference of his presidency

(Newser) - President Obama held the final press conference of his presidency Friday before jetting off for his annual Hawaiian vacation. Here's what was said and what was said about it: More »

Aleppo Evacuees Are Fleeing to Idlib. Now Idlib Is a Target

Syria's Assad expected to go after last rebel stronghold

(Newser) - The evacuation of civilians and anti-government fighters from eastern Aleppo ran into yet another snag Friday, though negotiations were underway to get it back on track, reports Reuters . If it resumes, thousands of people are expected to head west and end up in the Syrian province of Idlib near the... More »

Aleppo Evacuation Is On, Despite Reports of Sniper Fire

Syria's Assad about to reclaim city in major victory

(Newser) - Rescuers are trying again to evacuate the last civilians trapped by fighting in eastern Aleppo, and reports surfaced of deadly sniper fire even before the buses left. But this time, it appears the evacuation is proceeding, unlike the aborted effort on Wednesday . Under a new deal brokered by Russia and... More »

No End in Aleppo: Evacuation Buses Return to Depots Empty

(Newser) - Looks like the "complete meltdown of humanity" in Aleppo will continue for at least another day. The ceasefire declared in the war-ravaged Syrian city Tuesday appears, to nobody's surprise, to have broken down, leaving tens of thousands of civilians in rebel-held areas stranded in desperate conditions. Reuters reports... More »

Rebels to Leave: Battle for Aleppo Has Ended

Russian UN ambassador confirms the deal

(Newser) - After four years , the battle for Aleppo is apparently no more. Russia's UN envoy on Tuesday confirmed what rebel officials had said a short time earlier: The fighting would cease Tuesday night, with rebel fighters leaving the city." My latest information is that they indeed have an arrangement... More »

'Always Remember Us': Aleppo Residents Post Final Goodbyes

Reports of more than 80 civilians shot on sight, 'complete meltdown of humanity'

(Newser) - If conditions could get incrementally worse than "barely survivable," they just did in Aleppo, Syria. The human rights arm of the United Nations says that forces supporting the Syrian regime have been entering homes in eastern Aleppo and murdering residents, with one report coming in that 82 civilians... More »

Assad: Winning Back Aleppo Won't Stop the War

Syrian president vows to keep fighting rebels even if his forces liberate war-torn city

(Newser) - President Bashar al-Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it won't end the country's civil war, the AP reports. Assad, in an interview published in the state-owned newspaper al-Watan,... More »

What Syrian Rebels Have Held for Years Is Now Mostly Lost

Government now controls about three-fourths of eastern Aleppo

(Newser) - Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday. With the latest gains, the endgame for Syria's largest city, which has been carved up between the government and the rebel side for the past four years, appeared to draw even closer. If... More »

Civilians Pay the Price With Aleppo Poised to Fall

President Assad's forces on brink of reclaiming city from rebels

(Newser) - Bashar al-Assad's government forces in Syria are poised to reclaim Aleppo, and two weeks of attacks have displaced thousands of residents. Here's a look at developments:
  • The big picture: Aleppo would give Assad control of Syria's five biggest cities, meaning it's likely he's going to
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JK Rowling Fan in Aleppo Is Now Homeless

'In between death and life now, please keep praying for us'

(Newser) - Days after JK Rowling sent her Harry Potter books , 7-year-old Bana Alabed no longer has a home in which to read them. Since September, Bana's mother has amassed 136,000 followers on Twitter by revealing the horrifying realities of life in Aleppo, Syria, which led Rowling to reach out.... More »

JK Rowling Makes Some Magic for Young Girl in Aleppo

The author sent 'Harry Potter' books to the girl in war-torn Syria

(Newser) - JK Rowling just introduced another child surrounded by daily horrors to the wizarding world. But instead of Harry Potter living under the Dursleys' stairs, it's 7-year-old Bana Alabed living with her family in war-torn Aleppo.The Telegraph reports Bana's parents are trying to distract her from the fighting... More »

Families Try to Flee Aleppo, Rebels Stop Them: Report

As conditions have gone from 'terrible to terrifying and now barely survivable'

(Newser) - A Syrian monitoring group alleged Tuesday that rebels are preventing dozens of families from fleeing eastern Aleppo as Russian-backed government forces intensify their bombardment of the besieged quarter, the AP reports. Such claims are difficult to verify and often distorted due to propaganda, but Syrian and Russian state media maintain... More »

No More Hospitals in East Aleppo After 'Catastrophic Day'

Airstrikes have left 250K residents with very little access to medical care

(Newser) - On Friday, airstrikes led by Russia and the Syrian government, ostensibly meant to target rebel-held areas in Aleppo, caused enough damage to force four hospitals in the city to close, the Guardian reports. And then the final blow: The Omar bin Abdul Aziz facility, the last remaining hospital in East... More »

Syria's President Says This Iconic Photo Is Fake

Interviewer confronts Assad with haunting image

(Newser) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad apparently believes there's such a big shortage of injured children in his country that people have to forge photos of them. In an interview with a Swiss television station this week, the leader was confronted with a haunting photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh , who was... More »

4-Year-Old Girl Found a Silver Ball; It Was a Bomb

Iman, 4, died of her injuries after finding a cluster bomb in the streets of Aleppo

(Newser) - Children in war zones are still wont to play, and when 4-year-old Iman spotted what she thought was a silver ball, she picked it up—only to become the latest victim in the savage civil war raging in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo. The "ball" was a cluster... More »

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