World Bulletin / News Desk
A blockade now surrounds the town of Moadhamiya, seven miles outside of Damascus, one month after it was the target of a sarin gas attack that claimed up to 80 lives.
The Wall Street Journal reports that government forces have encircled the rebel-held suburb, choking off food and aid to its 12,000 residents.
An activist from within the neighborhood said that food shortages had become so severe that residents have begun to forage for olives, vine leaves and mint.
Red Crescent officials say that soldiers have repeatedly turned away trucks carrying aid for local residents.
Syrian officials confirmed that a siege was underway, but declined to discuss the matter further, although one pro-Assad fighter gave his personal assessment to the Journal. “Let them starve for a bit, surrender and then be put on trial,” he said.
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State-run television says a 'number of citizens' were killed and injured
'The fact that the Guardian Council added over 1,400 to the approved list shows the efficiency of the government's follow-ups and consultations,' interior ministry says
Two separate trials have been opened in UAE against 26 people in total over suspected links to Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah armed groups
UN refugee agency wants Turkey to open its borders to the Syrians fleeing from Aleppo
'We have discussed the potential value of a special operations capability inside that element, which would be valuable,' Saudi foreign minister says
Forces loyal to Hadi lay siege Aden's central Mansura district and clashed with militants, while coalition Apache helicopters provided air cover
The proposal, denounced by critics as likely to encourage a witch-hunt against leftist groups that campaign for the defence of Palestinian rights, passed nonetheless following a tense debate
FM Steinmeier is to host meeting on Thursday of foreign ministers from US, Russia and regional powers, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey
Footage showing Egypt president's convoy driving over several kilometres of red carpet sparks outrage on social media
The Islamic republic's supreme leaders urges officials not to be distracted by upcoming election and focus on 'major issues', such as economy
UN commission of inquiry on Syria accused Damascus of committing 'extermination as a crime against humanity'
Opposition factions north of Syria's second city Aleppo have been increasingly stuck 'between the pincers' of Kurdish YPG forces on one side and pro-regime fighters on the other
Human Rights Watch denounces Egyptian justice minister's call to kill Muslim Brotherhood members
Saudi air defense has said that it destroyed a scud missile that was launched from Yemen.
Abu Dhabi says it is prepared to help int'l coalition against terrorist group; announcement comes days after Saudi Arabia pledges support