Stray bullets struck Umm Hareth’s husband, a government-employed highway engineer, killing him instantly. It was January 2013, and the Free Syrian Army was battling—successfully—to seize his northeast Damascus neighborhood from government control.
In Khaled Khalifa’s beloved house in Barzeh, a neighborhood of Damascus currently surrounded and under attack by Syrian regime forces, the Syrian novelist writes, he says, because it is the only thing he knows how to do.
AMMAN: Rebels made small advances against regime forces Tuesday after launching an offensive earlier this week to take control of a northeast Damascus neighborhood adjacent to their nearby stronghold in East Ghouta, sources on the ground told Syria Direct
Shiyar Khalil was once the subject of several human rights campaigns to free him from one of Syria’s most notorious prisons. Today, he is a researcher for Amnesty International, where he worked on Amnesty’s unprecedented 3-D video reconstruction of Saydna
When Mahmoud Hassino, an openly gay Syrian activist, arrived in Istanbul over a year ago, he had a plan. Hassino, a refugee living in Germany since 2014, wanted to hold up a mirror to LGBT Syrians like him.
AMMAN: Syrian rebels are shelling a deeply symbolic, pro-regime neighborhood in Damascus on Monday “in response” to a two-week government campaign to capture strategic opposition-held territory east of the capital.
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