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Syria opposition claims has evidence of chlorine gas attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian opposition activists have posted photographs and video that they say shows an improvised chlorine bomb to back up claims that President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons in two attacks last week. Rebels and the government have blamed each other for the alleged poison gas attacks on Friday and Saturday on rebel-held Kfar Zeita village in the central province of Hama, 125 miles north of Damascus.

France says Assad survival would be 'total impasse' for Syria

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Tuesday Syrian President Bashar al Assad had a policy to "wipe out" his people in his bid to stamp out a three-year uprising, but this would leave Syria at a total impasse. Assad has forecast that much of the fighting in the Syrian civil war will be over by the end of the year, a former Russian prime minister was quoted on Monday as saying.

At least 29 rebels die in explosion in Syrian city of Homs

Cairo, Apr 6 (EFE).- At least 29 rebel combatants died Sunday when a car bomb exploded in the central part of the city of Homs, located 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) north of Damascus, Syrian opposition groups said. The president of the Syrian Human Rights Observatory, Rami Abdulrahman, said that the blast took place in the Suq al Yay zone, which is located in the city's neighborhoods controlled by insurgents battling the forces of the Bashar al Assad regime.

Turkey returns artillery fire into Syria

Turkey on Friday fired artillery into Syria to retaliate after cross-border shelling hit its territory without causing injuries or damage, the army said. "Six shells hit in Yayladadi in Hatay province and caused no damage," said the Turkish armed forces in a statement. "In accordance with the rules of engagement, Turkish artillery shelled the area where the fire originated." Turkey, a staunch opponent of the Damascus regime, hosts about 800,000 refugees from the three-year-old Syrian conflict, many of them in camps along the border.

Anti-Assad allies rebuff Syrian presidential election plan

PARIS (Reuters) - International powers who support the Syrian opposition have firmly rebuffed any idea of a presidential election organized by the Syrian government in the midst of a civil war, describing the plans as a "parody of democracy" that would kill peace talks.

Syria plans new commercial airline despite war

A new Syrian commercial airline plans to start operating to several Arab cities next month, its chairman told AFP on Thursday, despite the conflict raging in the country. "We hope to operate our first flights in mid-May," Kinda Airlines chairman Naim al-Jarrah said, adding that the exact timing of the launch hangs on international insurance issues and aircraft testing. Founded three years ago, the Damascus-based Kinda Airlines received a licence in 2013 to fly from the capital and the Mediterranean port city of Latakia to several Arab countries.

Syria plans new commercial airline despite war

A new Syrian commercial airline plans to start operating to several Arab cities next month, its chairman told AFP on Thursday, despite the conflict raging in the country. "We hope to operate our first flights in mid-May," Kinda Airlines chairman Naim al-Jarrah said, adding that the exact timing of the launch hangs on international insurance issues and aircraft testing. Founded three years ago, the Damascus-based Kinda Airlines received a licence in 2013 to fly from the capital and the western city of Latakia to several Arab countries.

Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad's forces for control of a border crossing. "A Syrian plane violated our airspace," Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. "Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard."

Syria condemns Turkey 'aggression' after jet downed

Syria accused Ankara of "flagrant aggression" Sunday after Turkey shot down a warplane near the border, raising tensions as Syrian loyalists and rebels battled for control of a frontier crossing. Turkey, which backs the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, warned Damascus against testing its determination and pledged a tough response if Syrian warplanes violate its airspace again. It was the most serious incident since Turkish warplanes last September downed a Syrian helicopter that Ankara said was two kilometres (more than a mile) inside its airspace.

Syria condemns Turkey 'aggression' after jet downed

Syria accused Ankara of "flagrant aggression" Sunday after Turkey shot down a warplane near the border, raising tensions as Syrian loyalists and rebels battled for control of a frontier crossing. Turkey, which backs the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, warned Damascus against testing its determination and pledged a tough response if Syrian warplanes violate its airspace again. It was the most serious incident since Turkish warplanes last September downed a Syrian helicopter that Ankara said was two kilometres (more than a mile) inside its airspace.
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