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Syrian Civil Defense workers put out a fire following airstrikes and shelling in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus on Tuesday. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets / AP). Philip IssaAssociated Press. Rockets fired on a market in a government-controlled neighborhood of Damascus on Tuesday killed 35 ...
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:43 P.M.) – Assault units of the Syrian Army's elite Tiger Forces Division have blasted through militant lines to seize their first suburb in the urban heartland of rebel-controlled territory in Damascus' East Ghouta region – the district of Saqba. The operation to capture Saqba was ...

With the capture of Kafr Batna and parts of Saqba, rebels still control the towns of Arbeen, Zamalka, Ein Tarma and Jobar on the southern edge of eastern Ghouta. Eastern Ghouta has been split to three parts — the largest rebel-held town of Douma to the north has been cut off from nearby Harasta, and both ...
... in East Ghouta into three isolated pockets, severely compromising the ability of militant groups to further organize an effective defense. Recently, footage emerged showing the moments Syrian troops fighting out of the Harasta orchards reached friendly units at the Vehicle Management Base in Arbeen.
This photo released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a member of the Syrian Civil Defense group carrying a boy who was wounded during airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government forces in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, March. 11, 2018. Syrian government forces ...
As government troops bombed their way into the town of Beit Sawa on Wednesday, many terrorized civilians fled east to the towns of Arbeen and Hammouriyeh. “The fact is we have seen possibly the worst fighting ever in eastern Ghouta in these last 24 hours and in that kind of situation you cannot deliver ...

... agency said troops were on the outskirts of Misraba, a rebel-held town in the heart of the enclave. Dramatic videos released by the opposition's Syrian Civil Defense on Wednesday showed rescuers digging away hard-packed rubble to rescue a dust-covered little boy and a baby girl in the town of Arbeen.
Backed by Turkey and Qatar, it controls most of the central parts of the region, including the towns of Arbeen, Kfar Batna, Saqba and Hammouriyeh, which have been among the hardest hit in recent fighting. The group also controls parts of the Damascus neighborhood of Jobar. The group has about 8,000 ...
The preliminary analysis conducted by UNOSAT of satellite imagery from eastern Ghouta's towns of Kafr Batna and Arbeen shows new damage in a 62.5-square-kilometer (24-square-mile) area, with buildings completely destroyed or damaged since Dec. 3. The analysis released Thursday appears to ...
Arbeen was ordained by Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate for the parish of St. Luke, which worships at Immaculate Conception. Catholic priests and deacons as well as Protestant clergy attended. Arbeen's wife, children, godmother, birth mother and other friends and family members were ...

Four days after the UN demanded an immediate 30-day ceasefire across Syria and two days after Syrian ally, Russian President Vladimir Putin, ordered daily pauses in the fighting, it is clear neither is working. Dr Hassan said 10 people died at Arbeen Hospital on Wednesday morning – five succumbing to ...
Eastern Ghouta endured a seventh consecutive day of relentless artillery fire and air strikes from the Russian-backed Syrian regime Sunday, despite global condemnation and a United Nations ceasefire that was supposed to have been implemented “without delay.” “Nothing has changed,” said Dr Hamza ...
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and activist collective Ghouta Media Center say the bombings targeted areas including Arbeen, Douma, Kfar Batna and Saqba. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, that works in opposition-held areas said its paramedics have ...
From an early age, Mark Arbeen felt called to ministry. During his confirmation, the presiding bishop looked at him and said, “Let me know when your ordination is.” But it would take him many years to realize he was not called to be an Episcopal priest, but a Catholic permanent deacon. A revelation from his ...
This photo provided by the Syrian anti-government activist group, Ghouta Media Center, GMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows an injured boy receiving treatment at a hospital in Hazeh in eastern Ghouta, the only remaining rebel stronghold near the capital ...
A United Nations resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria appears “to be ink on paper,” according to doctors working inside the besieged Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta, which suffered intense bombardment Sunday. “Nothing has changed,” Dr. Hamza Hassan said Sunday morning from ...


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