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US-led coalition violated intl law in Syria by failing to protect civilians – UN report

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The UN Syria Commission released a report saying it is “gravely concerned” about the impact of international airstrikes in the war-torn country, adding that US-led forces failed to take proper precautions to protect civilians during an attack in Aleppo. Keep Reading

Russia rushes humanitarian aid to exhausted Deir ez-Zor

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The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing sides in Syria is urgently sending humanitarian aid to Syria after Deir ez-Zor was finally liberated from a three-year siege by IS, bringing relief to thousands of civilians. Keep Reading

Tunnels, guns & abandoned tanks: Secrets of ISIS stronghold revealed in Deir ez-Zor

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Syrian forces have captured the fortified area near Deir ez-Zor that was struck by Russian cruise missiles, which Moscow says killed over 200 jihadists. Troves of weapons, explosives and damaged armored vehicles were found on the site where the terrorists had holed up. Keep Reading

Dancing in Damascus as Syria keeps Russia 2018 World Cup dream alive with last-gasp goal

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In one of the biggest public outpourings of joy in the Syrian capital since war broke out six years ago, residents of Damascus danced in the streets, hugged each other and honked their horns as their football team kept its hopes alive of qualifying for its first-ever World Cup. Keep Reading

Saudi Arabia and the United States provide “IS” with Bulgarian weapons

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In its official statements, the Bulgarian government referred to the countries that bought arms from them, which were exported by countries such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt, Russia, Afghanistan, Croatia and India reported in the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda. Keep Reading

WFP directly blames Saudi Arabia for Yemeni humanitarian crisis

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“Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent of the needs of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” said the WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. “Either stop the war or fund the crisis. Option three is, do both of them.” Keep Reading

Sara after Benjamin; Israeli first lady to be indicted for corruption, breach of trust

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Mrs. Netanyahu is expected to be indicted in the coming weeks for a series of charges by Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit. According to Haaretz, she is accused of “diverting 400,000 shekels ($112,000) from government funds for her private housekeeping needs .” Keep Reading

Cholera in Yemen … Number of deaths rise to 2043 persons

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday that cholera deaths in Yemen had risen to 2,043 since April 27. Keep Reading

Red Cross: More than half of Yemen’s hospitals are out of service

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“There is a shortage of basic medical supplies, a collapse of the health system as a direct consequence of the conflict, and crippling restrictions on imports, especially essential medicines and medical supplies,” the Red Cross said in a statement. Keep Reading

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