Damascus Province:A man and his two daughters died while his wife and others were injured, when several shells landed on areas in al-Mezze 86 neighborhood at the center of the capital, raising to at least 5 the number of people who died when several shells landed at several areas in the center of the capital, besides injuring about 30 and damaging proprieties, also two rocket shells fell on places in the areas of al-Qosur and al-Tejara, no information about casualties. Read more
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Turkey has downed a Russian warplane on Syria border on the grounds of “violation of airspace”.
The jet, which turned out to be Russian according to initial reports confirmed by both Turkey and Russia, has been downed near a refugee camp in Yamadi village in the coastal province of Latakia on the Syrian side, which is located across Yaylada? district of southern Hatay province.
Reports say that TSK (Turkish Armed Forces) targeted the jet within the scope of rules of engagement.
The fate of the 2 pilots who parachuted out of the plane was not immediately clear. Unconfirmed reports say one of the pilots have been captured by Turkmen forces in the region.
In the meantime, Moscow has confirmed that the war plane downed on Syria border by Turkish F-16’s was Russian SU-24, but refuting Turkey’s claim that the jet violated Turkish airspace.
A video footage from the scene showed the plane crashing on a hill on fire.
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Turkey has all but closed its borders to Syrian asylum seekers and is summarily pushing back Syrians detected as they try to cross, Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report yesterday. Syrians described Turkish border guards intercepting them at or near the border, in some cases beating them, and pushing them and dozens of others back into Syria or detaining and then summarily expelling them along with hundreds of others. Read more
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 122 killed yesterday 22/11/2015: The dead : 30 civilians, 8 rebels, 24 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 25 Regular forces, 15 NDF, 1 IS, 16 unknown rebels, 3 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces. Read more
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“The Turkish state should eventually accept the fact all the peoples of Syria and international powers consider YPG to be the major force fighting ISIS and terrorist forces”, said Rojava’s TEV-DEM Executive Committee member Ferhad Dêrik.
Rojava’s TEV-DEM (Movement For A Democratic Society) Executive Committee member Ferhad Dêrik stated that they have documents proving a cooperation between the Turkish state and ISIS gangs. Read more
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YPG (People’s Defense Units) has reported ongoing attacks by ISIS gangs against villages near the Euphrates and by the Turkish army against Girê Spî and Kobanê.According to a written statement by YPG Press Office, a mortar attack launched by ISIS gangs from south Jarablus targeted the Boraz village to the southwest Kobanê at 12:30 on 19 November. Two civilians, including a child, lost their lives and one other was wounded as a result of the terrorist attack.According to the YPG statement; Read more
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3,861 children suffered a violation of their rights and 617 others died during the 11 months of 2015. Among these, 57 lost their lives as a direct result of state violence. More than 6 thousand children are currently jailed in Turkish prisons: http://anfenglish.com/human-rights/ihd-617-children-died-in-turkey-in-11-months
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: About 35 deaths and injuries in shells targeted amid of the capital Damascus
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PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader Saleh Moslem has visited the Bataclan concert hall where series of attacks claimed most lives in French capital Paris on 13 November night.
As people continue flocking to the scenes of mass killings in French capital Paris on 13 November night, which left 132 people dead, PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader Saleh Moslem has visited the Bataclan concert hall where series of attacks claimed most lives.
Before one minute’s silence in memory of the victims, Moslem left flowers outside the concert hall.
Speaking to reporters here, Moslem strongly condemned the massacre by inhumane ISIS gangs and reiterated their promise to continue the struggle, which the Kurdish people are giving for 2 years, until no single ISIS member is left.
“It is Kurds that understand France best at the moment. We will always stand by the people of France.”
Moslem put emphasis on the importance of a joint attitute against ISIS, noting that no concrete practice has come out of the G20 Summit in Turkey.
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YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Office has released a statement reporting ongoing attacks by the Turkish army and gang groups.
YPG informed that Al-Nusra gangs attempted to infiltrate into Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo at 22:30 on November 13, after which a clash erupted upon an intervention by Defense Units. 2 gang members were captured dead as a result of the clash.Read more…
The statement continued by reporting attacks by ISIS gangs with heavy weaponry, which targeted;,
– YPG positions near Qereqozax bridge between 14.00-15.00 and 18.00-19.00 on November 14,
– ?êxlera Jorîn town between 12.00-15.00, and
– Girê Sor terrain near Sirîn town at 15.00 and between 18.00- 19.00 the same day.
While Defense Units retaliated against the attacks and hit all the targets, the number of casualties on the side of gangs couldn’t be verified.
Separate attacks by ISIS gangs targeted the Qereqozax village to the southwest of Kobanê at 11:00 on 15 November; and the Mirveh village near Sirîn town between 13.00-14.00.
In response to the attacks, Defense Units conducted an offensive against the positions of gang groups in south Jarablus, which left an unverified number of casualties and a military vehicle destroyed.
In the meantime, ISIS gangs conducted a harassment attack against Meraser village to the west of Kobanê’s Sirîn town at 02:30 last night.
ATTACKS BY TURKISH ARMY CONTINUE
On the other hand, Turkish army’s attacks that are aiming at the People’s Defense Units (YPG)’s security positions near Kobanê region borderline since October 24 continue to the time.
According to the YPG statement, the Turkish military conducted an attack near Siftek village on the western borderline of Kobanê Canton between 22:00 and 23:00 on November 13. The attack targeted the people living in this area, and left one civilian dead.
Turkish troops also targeted the Zeytuna position to the west of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) with A-4 heavy weaponry after cutting off electricity at the borderline of Girê Spî between 20:15-21:00 yesterday evening.
YPG added that clearing and detonation of mines continues in the region between Silûk town and western side of Mount Kezwan.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 178 killed yesterday 15/11/2015
The dead : 26 civilians, 24 rebels, 15 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 28 Regular forces, 21 NDF, 5 IS, 1 Hezbollah, 16 unknown rebels, 4 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces.
— 2 children were died due to poor life conditions in eastern Ghouta.
–2 dissidents from regime forces were killed by clashes against regime forces in Aleppo countryside.
–al-Hesba militants beat a man to death in Der-Ezzor eastern countryside.
— IS executed a man for fighting IS 2 months ago.
— A local commander in IS was killed with his wife and 4 of their children by aerial bombardment on the northern countryside of Aleppo.
— 1 militant in Jund al-Aqsa battalion was killed by clashes against regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama.
— 7 rebels killed by clashes against the regime in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
— the Amir of Shohadaa al-Yarmouk “al-Khal” was killed with 4 of famous commanders in Shohadaa al-Yarmouk by explosions by Jabhat al-Nusra in the western countryside of Dar’a.
— 18 militants in Shohadaa al-Yarmouk and 8 rebels and fighters in Jabhat al-Nusra were killed by clashes between the two sides in Daraa countryside.
– 16 Unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 21 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 28 Regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles.
– 15 Non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Jund Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes and targeted
— 4 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces killed by clashes against rebels.
Reuters: Iran deputy minister says Assad should stand in Syrian vote – Fars
DUBAI Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister said on Monday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be a part of upcoming presidential elections, according to the Fars news agency.
“Iran disagrees with those who say Bashar Assad should not compete in the upcoming elections,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by Fars . “Only Assad himself can decide on his participation or non-participation.”
Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East outlined a plan on Saturday for a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years, but differences remained on key issues such as Assad’s fate.
Regional competitors Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose rivalry has been aggravated by their support for opposing sides in Syria, both took part in the talks.
Saudi Arabia has said Assad’s use of air power and artillery in Syrian cities is genocidal and insists he can have no role in Syria’s future.
Assad and Iran accuse Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies of fuelling militancy in Syria by backing of rebel groups.
The United States and the United Kingdom both made it clear on Sunday that Assad needed to leave as part of any transition in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for a Syria-led political transition on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Turkey.
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Andrew Heavens)
Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn calls for political solution in Syria
Labour leader welcomes Vienna talks aimed at finding common ground with Russia about how to defeat Isis
The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for a political settlement to end Syria’s bitter five-year conflict that has fuelled the rise of Islamic State.
Corbyn said negotiations would be difficult but welcomed progress at recent talks in Vienna aimed at finding consensus between the west and Russia about how to bring about peace and defeat IIsis.
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The biggest stumbling block is that Russia is opposed to the removal of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons on his own people as his forces battle rebel groups as well as Isis.
Corbyn told ITV’s Lorraine: “I am not saying sit round the table with Isis, I am saying bring about a political settlement in Syria which will help then to bring some kind of unity government – technical government – in Syria,” he said.
Asked whether the latest bombing of Isis in Syria by France would make any difference, he replied “probably not”.
At the same time, the Labour leader said questions should be asked of Saudi Arabia about who is funding and arming Isis.
He also criticised the lack of media focus on the bombings in Beirut that killed at least 40 people the day before 129 people died in the Paris attacks. “Our media needs to be able to report things that happen outside Europe as well as inside Europe. A life is a life,” he said.
Labour is opposed to extending UK airstrikes against Isis into Syria from Iraq but could support a wider strategic action plan as long as it is backed by the international community.
David Cameron is facing calls to renew efforts to get proposals through the House of Commons in the wake of the Paris attacks, but he does not have enough backing at the moment because of opposition from Labour and some Conservative backbench MPs.
Cameron also talked about the necessity of a political settlement in Syria on Monday as he attended the G20 summit, suggesting it was a prerequisite for fighting [Isis].
“Of course you can’t really deal with so called Islamic State unless you get a political settlement in Syria which allows you then to permanently degrade and destroy that organisation,” he said.