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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, Yazidis, and Jews. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis the largest religious group.

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Doctors Without Borders: The spread of Covid-19 in Syria could become critical [Video]

Doctors Without Borders: The spread of Covid-19 in Syria could become critical

Doctors Without Borders have issued a warning regarding the support for the vulnerable in northwest Syria. Having been displaced by war, nearly a million people are living in makeshift camps many are..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:27Published
Syrian refugees face possible coronavirus outbreak in camps [Video]

Syrian refugees face possible coronavirus outbreak in camps

In Syria's Azaz region near the border with Turkey, rescue workers whose usual role is to respond to government bombardments have been sanitizing classrooms and camps for internally displayed people,..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:13Published
Syria: Fear of coronavirus outbreak mounts in Idlib [Video]

Syria: Fear of coronavirus outbreak mounts in Idlib

Health officials are warning that about 100,000 people could die in northwest Syria if they do not get the supplies and equipment they need.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published
Terrorist Group Advises Its Own To Avoid 'The Land Of The Epidemic' [Video]

Terrorist Group Advises Its Own To Avoid 'The Land Of The Epidemic'

Business Insider reports ISIS is telling its fighters not to go to Europe and stage attacks. According to the ISIS newsletter, it's because of the novel coronavirus pandemic there. The terror group's..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:39Published
Russia, Turkey begin joint patrols along Syria's M4 highway [Video]

Russia, Turkey begin joint patrols along Syria's M4 highway

The patrols are part of ceasefire deal reached by Ankara and Moscow to halt an escalation of violence in Idlib province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published
No peace in sight as Syrian conflict enters 10th year [Video]

No peace in sight as Syrian conflict enters 10th year

More than 370,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:51Published
Syria war: Idlib residents struggle with daily life [Video]

Syria war: Idlib residents struggle with daily life

More than half a million children displaced by the latest fighting are living in desperate conditions.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:59Published
Turkey, Russia say tensions lower in Syria's Idlib province [Video]

Turkey, Russia say tensions lower in Syria's Idlib province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:15Published
Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests [Video]

Ancient settlement destroyed by comet, research suggests

Impact from a comet around 12,800 years ago is believed to have wiped out a human settlement, according to new research published in Scientific Reports.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 00:57Published
Erdogan demands 'concrete support' from EU, NATO over Syria [Video]

Erdogan demands 'concrete support' from EU, NATO over Syria

Turkish president in Brussels for talks with EU and NATO leaders after tensions at Greek border over fate of refugees.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published
First woman to run hospital in Syria talks to Al Jaz [Video]

First woman to run hospital in Syria talks to Al Jaz

Dr Amani Ballour, the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, is urging the international community to help stop the humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib province.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:38Published
Coast guard rescues 120 migrants off Turkish coast [Video]

Coast guard rescues 120 migrants off Turkish coast

Turkey's coast guard rescued around 120 migrants trying to reach a Greek island on three dinghies early on Friday after they said their passage was blocked by Greek coast guard vessels. Adam Reed..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published
War in Syria: 15 killed as deadly clashes erupt in Idlib hours into ceasefire deal [Video]

War in Syria: 15 killed as deadly clashes erupt in Idlib hours into ceasefire deal

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 02:02Published
Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert [Video]

Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert

Erdogan 'may have overplayed hand in Syria conflict', says security expert

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 04:20Published
Syria war: Turkey and Russia announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow deal [Video]

Syria war: Turkey and Russia announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow deal

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:52Published
Turkey, Russia announce ceasefire in Syria's Idlib [Video]

Turkey, Russia announce ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Ceasefire came into effect after midnight in Idlib amid reports of fresh violence between Turkish and Syrian troops.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published
Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree Syria ceasefire [Video]

Russia's Putin and Turkey's Erdogan agree Syria ceasefire

Putin said that Russia and Turkey had agreed to a ceasefire in Syria after violence escalated this past week.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 06:45Published
Greece blocks 35,000 attempting to cross border [Video]

Greece blocks 35,000 attempting to cross border

Hundreds of migrants continue to queue and camp near the Turkish-Greek border, despite police forces from both sides taking measures to deter them. Maha Albadrawi reports

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:38Published
Erdogan, Putin announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow meeting [Video]

Erdogan, Putin announce Idlib ceasefire after Moscow meeting

Truce in Syria's last rebel stronghold to begin at midnight, presidents say, after lengthy meeting in Russian capital.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 08:19Published
War in Syria: Erdogan meets Putin to discuss battle for Idlib province [Video]

War in Syria: Erdogan meets Putin to discuss battle for Idlib province

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 04:00Published
War in Syria: "Russia doesn't want to confront Turkish forces" [Video]

War in Syria: "Russia doesn't want to confront Turkish forces"

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:12Published
Aerial footage shows queues of migrants near Greek-Turkish border [Video]

Aerial footage shows queues of migrants near Greek-Turkish border

The footage was shot from the Turkish Interior Ministry's helicopter on Thursday whilst the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu inspected the region.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:44Published

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