News / Middle East

Bombs Strike Syria's Aleppo a Day After Peace Talks End

Residents look out for warplanes while standing at a damaged site after what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari, Feb.1, 2014.
Residents look out for warplanes while standing at a damaged site after what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syrian President al-Assad, in Aleppo's district of al-Sukari, Feb.1, 2014.
VOA News
Local sources in Syria and rights groups say Syrian military helicopters have dropped bombs on rebel-held areas in the northern city of Aleppo.

Amateur video posted online purporting to show the bombed area showed people sifting through charred rubble Saturday.

The latest bombing comes as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Syrian situation "the most urgent security challenge in the world today."

Ban said he spoke with U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi, along with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to urge them to influence the warring parties to return to peace talks on February 10.

He also called on both sides, and especially the Syrian government, to allow "unfettered access" to people trapped in blockaded areas beyond the reach of aid.

The first round of peace talks between Syria's warring sides ended Friday with little progress, but did lay a foundation for future negotiations expected next month.

There was little advancement on bringing aid to the hardest-hit areas of Syria's civil war, an issue where many thought common ground could be found.

Aid convoys, however, were able to deliver 1,000 food parcels Saturday to the Yarmouk area, on the southern edge of Damascus. Aid agencies also were evacuating people there, in rare coordination between the government and the opposition.

Brahimi said Friday he was "very, very disappointed" the U.N. has not been able to deliver aid to the besieged, rebel-held city of Homs, where many are said to be starving.

Syria's conflict began in March 2011 as peaceful protests against the government, before spiraling into a civil war that the U.N. says has killed more than 100,000 people and forced nearly 9 million from their homes.

Some information for this report comes from AP and Reuters.

You May Like

UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger

Group warns region is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with at least 200,000 children under age of five acutely malnourished as drought hits southern, central part of nation More

Human Rights Groups Allege Supression of Freedoms in Thailand

Thailand’s military, police have suppressed release of independent report assessing human rights in kingdom during first 100 days of latest coup More

Jennifer Lawrence Contacts FBI After Nude Photos Hacked

'Silver Linings Playbook' actress' photos were posted on image-sharing forum 4chan; Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into matter More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: mohammad from: Iran
February 01, 2014 11:33 PM
Dictators ,especially thoso who live in the Middle East are only responsive to force language ;so , the solution of Syria problem is clear for many ,but the big powers have not will to solve it .This is another bitter side of this long lasting story .Unfortunately the narration of this story is not follow as strongly as it must .Many powerful countries believe that by ignoring the casaulties of this problem ,their responsibility would be forgotten .Like a bird in the winter who see a hunter and put his head in the snow and think that the hunter would not see him but it is only his idea.


by: BeliveNoLies from: Virginia Beach
February 01, 2014 1:26 PM
More important things for our so-called leaders to worry about. How about cleaning up your own backyard KERRY before trying to clean up someone else', READ THIS! http://www.caintv.com/cameras-roll-at-a-pa-small-bus

In Response

by: Anonymous
February 01, 2014 10:46 PM
Bashar al Assad is the biggest terrorist in Syria. Definition of a terrorist:
Terrorism is the systematic use of violence (terror) as a means of coercion for political purposes.
- Bashar al Assad fits that bill better than anyone on Syria, he should be the first terrorist to go. Afterall he murderd more innocent unarmed Syrian women and children than anyone else in Syria. All guilty of atrocities must face a judicial system with bashar al assad as prime candidate #1.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forcesi
X
September 02, 2014 12:58 PM
A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists with the help of a state-of-the-art newsroom. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

AppleAndroid