Syria

Syrian refugee children stage King Lear

The challenge itself was Shakespearean in scope: one Syrian director decided to retell Shakespeare’s celebrated tragedy King Lear using a cast of 100 Syrian refugee children. The backdrop was not ancient Britain but Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Read more...

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Two Syrians invent robot medic to outfox snipers

 
A robot might soon save the victims of sniper fire in Syria. At least, that’s what the inventors of Tena, a “robot medic”, are hoping. Working out of a shed not far from the Turkish border with Syria, two engineers see their creation as the only solution to Syria’s sniper problem. Read more...
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Video: Less than diplomatic scenes at Syria peace talks

Heated disputes at the Syrian peace talks, known as Geneva-2, have been caught on camera in two videos shot behind the scenes at the conference. Read more...

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A Syrian city sweeps away the traces of war

After a week of intense fighting against rebel groups in late November, the Syrian army took back the city of Deir Atiyah, about 90 km north of Damascus. The city’s residents took advantage of this period of calm to launch a clean-up operation. Read more...

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Video shows kids narrowly escaping shelling in Damascus

 
Local activists in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, were interviewing a group of children hanging out in the street about all the horrors of war they had witnessed, when what appears to be shelling hits just metres away. In a video of the incident released Sunday, the panicked kids are seen scrambling to get away from the blast site. Later in the video, they are interviewed again, this time about their lucky escape. Read more…
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'Islamist posturing' is a strategy to raise funds, says Syrian rebel

 
The Free Syrian Army was once the main armed opposition force against Bashar al-Assad, but its influence has diminished as its fighters defect to Islamist brigades, which tend to be better financed and, as a result, better armed. The rebels who defected said their decision was based on pragmatism rather than religious belief. Read more...
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Video of Syrians eating cat “appears staged”

 
In a video published on October 28, two men are filmed skinning, cooking and eating a cat, allegedly because they face dire food shortages in their neighbourhood of the Damascus suburbs. While it is not impossible that Syrian civilians may have resorted to this where the fighting is fiercest and life the hardest, this video appears to have been carefully staged to create maximum impact. Read more...
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Syrian jihadists' new recruitment technique: slick suicide attack videos

 
Suicide attacks have been used as a war tactic for decades. However, in Syria, jihadists are also using suicide attacks as a recruitment tool by producing polished propaganda videos of the attacks, intended for online consumption. Read more...
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