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Syria: UN warns of crisis in Aleppo

By: Sharon Behn Source: VOA News The United Nations warned Tuesday that if pro-government forces in Syria succeed in encircling the strategic city of Aleppo then up to 300,000 people could be cut off from humanitarian aid. In an assessment of the situation in Aleppo, the U.N. said the Aleppo offensive has already cut rebel supply lines between the eastern part of the city and the Bab al-Salam crossing on the Turkish border. Further advances into the city could send another 100,000 to 150,000 civilians fleeing Aleppo. The World Food Program said Tuesday it is distributing urgently needed meals to 21,000 people who fled Aleppo to A’zaz, just south of the Turkish border. Volatile, fluid...

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Syrian FM: Foreign troops will be sent back “in coffins”

  By: Edward Yeranian Source: VOA News CAIRO – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem warned Saudi Arabia not to send troops to his country, threatening, during a press conference Saturday, that troops would be sent back home in coffins. The audience of journalists, top government officials and other invitees applauded politely as veteran Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem spoke defiantly about U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva and about continuing military operations “until terrorists are defeated.” Muallem insisted that the Syrian government would not agree to any cease-fire on the ground, despite U.N. efforts, so long as Islamic State, al-Qaida and other...

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2 Israelis sentenced for murder of Palestinian youth

By: Robert Berger Source: VOA News JERUSALEM – A high-profile court case involving events that led to the Gaza war in 2014 has concluded in Israel; but not without controversy. A Jerusalem court sentenced two Israeli teenagers to long prison terms for murdering a Palestinian youth, an incident that Israeli officials described as “Jewish terrorism.” One Israeli got life in prison and the other 21 years, while a third suspect is still awaiting a verdict pending psychological examinations. The assailants burned 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir alive in Jerusalem in July 2014; it was revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens by gunmen from the Palestinian...

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