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The amazing story of how a school in Syria stays open

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.

Chemical weapons used in Syria: Sources

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.

Syria may be using ballistic missiles and cluster bombs in civilian areas

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.

Syrian opposition meets to choose PM for interim government

"There are more than 10 million Syrians in liberated territories who need education and health services," coalition spokesman Walid al-Bunni told AFP.

On Location Aleppo: Syria's latest weapon

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.

As Syria's civil war enters 3rd year, European Union arms embargo still stands

"Nobody really is interested [in lifting the embargo]," one diplomat told Reuters. "There is no prospect of change any time soon."

Syria disease outbreak: Typhoid, hepatitis A infections on the rise, warns WHO

The United Nations agency has registered 800 cases of hepatitis across Syria, while 2,500 cases of typhoid have been recorded in the opposition-held Deir-er-Zor Governorate in the country’s northeast.

Syria: What it’s like inside a government prison

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.

Syria: Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander killed in Syria

Iran has been a strong backer of Assad during the near two-year uprising against his regime, which has claimed the lives of nearly 70,000 people.

Devastating collection of interviews with young children inside Syria (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

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.
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