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# Syria

Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Syria
At least 19 killed in US strikes on Iran-linked groups in Syria after deadly drone attack
The Syrian government, closely allied with Iran, accused the US of lying about the targets of its air strikes to justify its ‘act of aggression’.
# Civil War
US air strikes kill 14 in Syria in retaliation for drone strike
A drone attack had killed one American contractor and wounded five US service personnel in Syria.
Last month
March 2023
# Syria
Syrian government condemns US general's visit to Kurdish-held northeast
An official called General Mark Milley’s visit ‘a flagrant violation of the sovereignty and integrity’.
This year
2023
# Death Toll
More than 50,000 people killed in Turkey-Syria earthquake, revised toll shows
A total of 5,951 people were killed across Syria, while Turkey recorded 44,374 deaths.
# Tragedy
Death toll from Turkey and Syria earthquake passes 47,000
At least 164,000 buildings have either collapsed or are so damaged that they need to be demolished.
# Defne
New 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Turkey leaves three dead and scores injured
Officials said more buildings collapsed, trapping occupants, and many people were injured in Turkey and Syria.
# Tragedy
Turkey winds down earthquake rescue as death-toll remains at 44,000
The number of people being found alive under the rubble has dropped to only a handful in recent days.
# Damascus
Israeli air strike kills 15 people in Syrian capital, including two civilians
A war monitoring group described it as ‘the deadliest Israeli attack in the Syrian capital’.
Voices
Eyewitness: One man had seen the bodies of his wife, kids and parents brought out of the rubble
There was also a huge shortage of coffins and body bags, writes midwife Aisha Harbalieh from Azaz in northern Syria.
# Earthquake
Five Syrian children and parents die in house fire after surviving last week's earthquake
Elsewhere, Turkish rescuers have pulled a 14-year-old boy and two men nearly 11 days after the huge earthquake.
# Earthquake
Key updates: Aid convoy passes into rebel-held Syria opens as quake death toll now above 40,000
Hundreds of thousands of survivors have been left homeless.
# Turkey
Woman who survived over a week under rubble fights for life in makeshift field hospital
It seemed hopeless until suddenly, one medic shouted: “I can hear her pulse!”
# Earthquake
Death toll from Turkey-Syria quake rises above 35,000 as Ireland gives extra €8 million in aid
Turkish media have reported a handful of people were still being pulled from the rubble.
# Rescue Effort
Erdogan admits earthquake rescue effort not as quick as hoped as death toll nears 24,000
Officials and medics said 20,213 people had died in Turkey and 3,553 in Syria.
Chances of finding more survivors have dimmed since the passing of the three-day mark
Experts fear the death toll will continue to rise sharply
Turkish media have reported rescues of young children
First UN aid reaches rebel-held areas of Syria as earthquake death toll rises above 21,000
Search and rescue dogs from Co Down prepare for deployment in Turkey to help in disaster zone
# Aleppo
Irish priest in quake-hit Syria describes region as 'the deepest level of hell'
‘If we were in hell before the earthquake, we’re now in the deepest levels of hell’, said Fr Tony O’Riordan.
# Aid
GOAL says 27 of its employees died in earthquake in Turkey and Syria
A number of other staff members are still unaccounted for.
# Turkey
Search and rescue dogs from Co Down prepare for deployment in Turkey to help in disaster zone
Ryan Gray, of the K9 Search and Rescue charity, said they have been preparing since hearing news of the earthquakes on Monday.
# Rescue Effort
Erdogan admits 'shortcomings' as Turkey-Syria earthquake death toll tops 12,000
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake.
The World Health Organization has warned that up to 23 million people could be affected by the earthquake
The death toll is expected to continue to rise
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged "shortcomings" in his government's response to the earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
Confusion over former Newcastle midfielder Atsu's safety after Turkey earthquake
# Earthquake
Irish aid organisations seek support for emergency earthquake response in Turkey and Syria
The death toll from the quake has above 11,700 this afternoon.
# Syria
Newborn baby in Syria rescued after mother gives birth while buried in earthquake debris
The girl was found under rubble with her umbilical cord still connected to her mother.
# anne o'rorke
Irish woman in Turkey in race to get supplies to earthquake victims in rebel-held Syrian region
Anne O’Rorke runs a non-profit working with Syrian refugees, and is trying to get medical supplies to Idlib.
# Rescue Effort
Earthquake death toll passes 7,300 as countries pledge support for Turkey and Syria
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks.
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks
The earthquake struck early yesterday, bringing down thousands of buildings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 affected provinces
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Earthquake
Rescue efforts continuing in Turkey and Syria following large earthquakes as death toll rises
Ireland, the US, the EU and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The first quake was centred about 96km from the Syrian border outside the city of Gaziantep.
Ireland, the United States, the European Union and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The Embassy of Ireland in Turkey has said Irish citizens who are in the affected area and need urgent consular assistance can make contact.
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Relief Efforts
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
Countries around the world have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in the regions.
# Syria
Watchdog blames Syria’s air force for deadly 2018 chlorine attack
The report was published by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
# Aleppo
13 killed in building collapse in Syrian city
Only one person had been rescued from the rubble, the interior ministry said.
# Syria
Former 'ISIS bride' faces up to ten years in Australian prison
Raad has been charged with travelling to parts of Syria that were controlled by IS – a crime under Australian law.
Last year
2022
# islamic state
Eight dead in failed ISIS prison break in Syria
Local authorities announced a state of emergency and have put the city on lockdown.
# radicalised
American woman who led female ISIS battalion gets 20 years in prison
The woman also forced her 13-year-old daughter to marry an IS fighter
# Shipwreck
At least 73 people dead as boat sinks off Syria's coast after leaving Lebanon
This is the deadliest such shipwreck from Lebanon in recent years.
# new report
Language barrier and mental health ‘key concerns’ for Syrian refugees settled in Ireland
A new report found that “healthcare quality is, on the whole, affected primarily by one concern, and that is language”.
# Security Council
Irish diplomats secure aid for 4.1 million displaced people despite threat of Russian UN veto
Ireland became a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and has responsibility for the Syria file.
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
# Syria
Record 9.3 million Syrian children in need of aid, says UN
The United Nations has warned that funding to aid victims of the civil war in Syria is dwindling.
# Refugees
EU denies 'double standard' towards refugees from Ukraine compared to Syria
The bloc has come under fire for allegedly welcoming refugees from Ukraine more openly.
Voices
Barry Andrews: The EU's response to Ukraine must not repeat the mistakes it made around Syria
The Irish MEP says Putin had a hand in atrocities in Syria too but the EU’s response there was muted at best.
# hassakeh
Kurdish forces retake Syrian prison six days after it was seized by IS
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in and around Ghwayran prison since it was taken last week has killed 181 people.
# historic ruling
Syrian ex-colonel gets life sentence in German 'crimes against humanity' trial
The accused sought refuge in Germany after deserting the Syrian regime in 2012.
# Court
Lisa Smith's bid to have terror charges dropped will be heard next week
Lisa Smith’s trial before the non-jury court was due to start this week.
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# Syria
Strike blamed on Israel sets ablaze Syrian port of Latakia
It is the second time this month the container yard at the port has come under Israeli attack.