Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty Images From an almost pitch black underground shelter mostly safe from the bombs, as kids scuffled in the background, 22-year-old Nour Adam filmed himself. “Children eat here, sleep here, and have their life here,” he said. “They don’t have any place to get out. The airstrikes are still in the sky, hitting the buildings and the towns.”Later, as he has to do every time he wants his videos to be seen by the wider world, he braved more shells to scramble to the roof of the building to get signal and post the video to Twitter, in a process he has repeated hundreds, possibly thousands of times. He hashtagged his tweet “#IAmStillAlive.” Adam lives in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, which has been under siege for five years. A...
The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 10:15 a.m.
Turkey's president has criticized NATO for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.
Turkey's war on a Syrian Kurdish militia that is closely aligned with the United States is forcing the group to give up positions against Islamic State militants in the Syrian desert to defend against the advancing Turkish troops.
The Latest on the war in Syria (all times local): 10:55 a.m.
The White House condemned Russia’s involvement in Eastern Ghouta, saying in a statement Sunday that the Syrian campaign backed by Russia and Iran is killing “innocent civilians under the false auspices of counterterrorism operations.”
The European Union is demanding that Russia, Iran and Turkey take responsibility for ensuring that the fighting stops in Syria and that a real 30-day halt in fighting is respected.
Iran has built another permanent military base outside Syria’s capital city complete with hangers used to store missiles capable of hitting all of Israel, according to Western intelligence sources.
The past few weeks have been especially deadly for civilians in Syria, with Russian-backed regime forces pummeling the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta. On Tuesday, a five-hour ceasefire ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin — after a 30-day one ordered by the U.N. Security Council over the weekend failed — was marked by shelling from Syrian government forces. None of the previous ceasefires have held. Also on Tuesday, with the help of Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, the Russians set up a route for civilians to flee eastern Ghouta, where over 500 people have been killed in the past week. But according to the Associated Press, none of the estimated 400,000 besieged residents have managed to leave just yet, with photos of the government checkpoints sho
Last April, PEOPLE shared the story of a bear and lion who were the last two animal survivors rescued from the Mosul Zoo in war-torn Iraq. After a harrowing history and journey, Lula the bear and Simba the lion found temporary reprieve at the New Hope Centre in Jordan through the efforts of Four Paws International, an animal rescue organization based in Austria. Now the group has further good news to share. Simba, along with another lion named Saeed who was rescued from Magic World outside Aleppo, Syria, are heading to a permanent home at Lionsrock sanctuary in South Africa after their time recuperating from physical and psychological trauma in Jordan. Both animals arrived to the rescue sick and emaciated, but have gained weight and bounced back since. The Associated Press reports that the...