IDLIB PROVINCE, Syria — Eight-year-old Fatima Harmadi doesn’t seem very different than most children. She laughs and jokes with her friends as they begin their walk to school at 7 a.m. in the rain, excited to be returning after two weeks away. But it's a wonder her school is open at all. Bombs and artillery have bombarded her village for the past fortnight, forcing her to stay home.
JERUSALEM — Sources close to Israeli intelligence told GlobalPost that Israeli Defense Forces believe chemical weapons were used in Syria during an attack on Monday that killed at least 20 people. While the sources said details remained sketchy, they believe that only the Syrian army has access to lethal chemical weapons. The source did not know what kind of chemical was used.
ALEPPO — For the residents of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, the powerful explosions and resulting rubble is evidence enough that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is launching ballistic missiles on civilian areas under rebel control. Rumors of ballistic missile strikes first began to circulate in December. The local Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has recorded 40 of them since then.
ALEPPO, Syria — This is what a ballistic missile strike looks like. New evidence collected by GlobalPost and Human Rights Watch suggest Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is using the powerful weapons on civilians in rebel-held territory.
IDLIB, Syria — Limestone mountains form a stunning backdrop to the imposing Idlib Central Prison. Tank blasts mar the walls. Glass and debris litter the floor. On Jan. 20, after days of fierce battle, rebel forces stormed the prison complex and seized control from the Syrian regime. By the following week, gunfire and tanks blasts had given way to an eerie silence.
Little kids in Syria describe, in their own words, what it's like to grow up in a war zone. An estimated 4,000 children have been killed in Syria’s civil war. Tens of thousands more have been injured or have lost their parents and homes.