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Syria: Country in the Middle East
Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon to the southwest, the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkemens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Mandeans, and Greeks. Religious groups include Sunnis, Christians, Alawites, Druze, Isma'ilis, Mandeans, Shiites, Salafis, and Yazidis. Arabs are the largest ethnic group, and Sunnis are the largest religious group.


Thousands of Syrian refugees lose shelter amid harsh winter [Video]

Thousands of Syrian refugees lose shelter amid harsh winter

More than 3,000 Syrians living in Idlib’s refugee camps have lost their shelter after days of torrential rain and snow.

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Syrian-Turkish border refugees suffer through cold [Video]

Syrian-Turkish border refugees suffer through cold

Heavy snowfall and extreme cold are making conditions increasingly dangerous for refugees on the Syrian-Turkish border. Damage to camps have also increased risk of catching diseases amongst those..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published
Syria refugee camps face wrath of winter rains [Video]

Syria refugee camps face wrath of winter rains

Tents sheltering displaced Syrians have filled with water during days of heavy rain in the northwest region.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:13Published
Several people taken to hospital after Syrian refugee camp set on fire in Lebanon [Video]

Several people taken to hospital after Syrian refugee camp set on fire in Lebanon

Several people were taken to hospital in Lebanon after a fire at a Syrian refugee camp that state media said was started deliberately

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:50Published
Syrian refugee camps batter by severe winter weather [Video]

Syrian refugee camps batter by severe winter weather

Heavy rain and strong winds are adding to the plight of Syrian refugees living in overcrowded camps.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published
Syria political solution: Frustration five years after UN resolution [Video]

Syria political solution: Frustration five years after UN resolution

Why diplomatic efforts to end Syria's war are still being frustrated, five years after the UN tried forging a path to peace.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:52Published
‘Now we have a dream’: Syrian families share experiences of Christmas in the UK [Video]

‘Now we have a dream’: Syrian families share experiences of Christmas in the UK

Syrian families have shared their experiences of their first Christmases inthe UK for a video. Charity Migrant Help has released a film featuring fiveSyrian refugee families who have resettled in the..

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Syria: UN says urgent aid needed for three million displaced [Video]

Syria: UN says urgent aid needed for three million displaced

Syria: UN says urgent aid needed for three million displaced

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:23Published
Syrian artist turns war-torn site into Maradona tribute [Video]

Syrian artist turns war-torn site into Maradona tribute

Artist makes colourful tribute to Diego Maradona in Syria's war-torn Idlib.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:08Published
Syria aid distribution: Growing dependence on food assistance [Video]

Syria aid distribution: Growing dependence on food assistance

Save the Children says 65 percent of children have not had meat, fruits and vegetables for at least three months.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:39Published
Syrian woman chases chocolate dream [Video]

Syrian woman chases chocolate dream

Having left her job a year ago, Nour Sunbol has now launched a new business centered on one of her passions: chocolate.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:18Published
Explosion reported in northwest Syrian town [Video]

Explosion reported in northwest Syrian town

At least five people were reported to have been killed in a strong explosion in Syria's al-Bab city on Tuesday (November 24), according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

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