News / Middle East

Syrian Rebels Fight to Recapture Homs Neighborhood

Shows destruction in the Baba Amr neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs (File photo).
Shows destruction in the Baba Amr neighborhood of the central Syrian city of Homs (File photo).
Activists say the Syrian military has bombarded opposition-held districts of Homs to try to stop rebels from re-capturing their former stronghold in the central city.

The activists said Syrian troops fired rockets at the neighborhood of Baba Amr on Tuesday, using the campus of Baath University as a launching site. They said government forces also shelled the rebel district of Khaldiyeh in Homs.

Syrian rebels infiltrated Baba Amr on Sunday in a bid to re-take the district they lost one year ago after a month-long government offensive that killed hundreds of people.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government and rebel forces also fought around the international airport in Aleppo and nearby military bases on Tuesday.

Rebels who control parts of the northern city have been trying to seize the airport and bases for weeks, but they have faced tough resistance from more heavily-armed troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday a generation of Syrian children is at risk of being scarred for life by the civil war, which marks its second anniversary this month.

Speaking in Geneva, UNICEF spokesman Patrick McCormick said Syrian children who have seen or experienced only fighting "may end up perpetuating that cycle of violence. "

UNICEF said many children are suffering the trauma of seeing family members and friends killed while being terrified of the sounds of fighting. It said some children also are being deprived of an education because one in five schools has been destroyed, damaged or converted to shelters.

In another development, Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Arab League to intervene in Syria to "stop the massacre," as he put it. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Peres urged the Arab regional bloc to set up a Syrian provisional government and deploy an Arab force wearing the blue helmets of the United Nations.

The Arab League suspended Syria's membership in 2011, in retaliation for Assad's violent crackdown on government opponents.

You May Like

Analysis: China Raises Hong Kong Rhetoric to Tiananmen Level

A front-page commentary in The People’s Daily called the current demonstrations 'chaos,' the same word Party officials used 25 years ago to describe the Tiananmen Square protests More

US Airstrikes Anger Syrian Civilians Fleeing Their Homes

Pentagon officials say they have seen no credible evidence of civilian deaths caused by US airstrikes against Islamic State militants More

Child Sexual Exploitation to Worsen in SE Asia

Southeast Asia’s planned economic integration is a key step for boosting the region’s productivity, but carries downsides as well More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid