Tag Archives: Syria

Syria refugees flee as camps buried in Lebanon snow storm

Evacuations are underway in the Syrian refugee camps across Lebanon after they were hit by snow storms and floods as part of Hurricane Norma.

UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokeswoman Lisa Abou Khaled said this week that the storm had completely flooded or collapsed 15 informal settlements out of at least 66 that were “heavily impacted”.

Iraqi and Syrian forces are close to victory over ISIS

On November 17 the Iraqi Armed Forces officially liberated the strategic city of Al-Rawa in western Al-Anbar, today, after a short operation against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

Led by the 7th and 8th divisions of the army, the Iraqi Armed Forces began this offensive two weeks ago, liberating the nearby city of Al-Rumanah to kickoff their operations.

Russian team creates 3D model to preserve Palmyra as fighting intensifies

The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg has joined forces with a Russian archaeological institute to build an interactive virtual model of Palmyra, a task that is becoming ever-more important as reports emerged today (20 January) that Islamic State (Isil) militants have destroyed the ancient city’s amphitheatre and a tetrapylon. When archaeologists and antiquities experts from the two institutions visited Palmyra, in Syria, in late September, they did not know that drone footage and co-ordinates they collected would capture a snapshot of the Unesco World Heritage site just over two months before it fell to Isil for the second time in less than two years.

Palmyra’s monuments demolished in ‘new war crime’ by IS

Islamic State militants have partially destroyed two ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to Syria’s state news agency and antiquities experts.

The SANA agency and Syria’s antiquities chief said the group had destroyed a facade of the site’s Roman amphitheatre, dating back to the 1st century AD, in recent days.

Middle East war: Mosul, Deir Ezzor, Palmyra

The war against Islamic state continues in Middle East. While Iraqi forces win, Syrian forces have serious problems.

Iraqi security forces (ISF) have cleared from ISIS militants the Mosul Park and the areas of Al-Muhandisin, Nurqal, Taqafah and the Ancient Nineveh, de-facto setting up control over the whole eastern part of Mosul. ISF units also gained control over 5 Mosul bridges from the eastern side of the city.