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Syrian community hold vigil in Bradford

A vigil has been held in Bradford to mark the anniversary of one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks in almost three decades.

Syrian refugees and members of the Syrian Association in Yorkshire gathered in the city this afternoon to remember the victims of the atrocity in Ghouta- when rockets containing the chemical Sarin - were fired. It is thought it claimed the lives of up to seventeen hundred people, many of them civilians.


Syrian community to hold vigil in Bradford

Members of The Syrian Association in Yorkshire (SAY) are holding a vigil in Bradford today to mark the first anniversary of chemical attacks on Syrian people by the Assad regime.

It's believed around 1,500 people died in the attacks, said to be the among the deadliest chemical attacks in recent history.

Displaced Syrian boy Credit: PA

The atrocities in Syria are still ongoing with civilians being killed on a daily basis. Humanitarian crises are on the rise and the number of homeless, displaced and refugees is on the increase, with no international will to help. Thousands of children are lacking the most essential means of living, not to mention adults and the elderly.

– SAY Spokesperson

Shock for Hull man told he is free to leave Iraq

A man from Hull is finally able to return to his family after a court hearing in Iraq.

Kristian Nicholson said he was able to hear car bombs going off in the beseiged city of Erbil - but he could not go home because his passport had been confiscated after he had a car accident.

The family of the other man involved had asked for £70,000 - which was raised by Mr Nicholson's family, and the company he was working for.

He told Calendar about his roller coaster of emotions after he was given a six month sentence today in court - but soon found out through his translator that this was suspended and he was free to go:

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Witness appeal after Knaresborough crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious car crash in North Yorkshire.

The one-vehicle crash happened at around 3:10am on Harrogate Road at High Bridge, in Knaresborough. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Harrogate, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Any witnesses are being urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.


Latest Indian hearing for Yorks trio

A hearing takes place in India today over whether to return the passports of three former soldiers from Yorkshire who were held in prison on suspected weapons charges.

Ray Tindall, Nicholas Simpson and Paul Towers had all charges dropped but the authorites have still not released their passports.

Ray Tindall is hoping the Indian authorities will release his passport Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire Muslims raise £6 million for charity during Ramadan

Civic leaders are meeting in Bradford tonight to recognise the efforts of people in Yorkshire who raised around £6 million for charity during Ramadan.

The Bradford Council of Mosques, estimates that more than £200,000 was raised every day throughout the holy month.

Guests invited to the event include senior Yorkshire Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, which has already pledged £600 million in aid towards the Syrian crisis.

The event is co-hosted by the Bradford Council of Mosques and Faith Associates; a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented response of local communities across the UK. Bradford is the second in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.

– Shaukat Warraich, Faith Associates

North Yorks gran helping fight deadly Ebola in Africa

A grandmother from North Yorkshire puts herself on the front-line of the fight against the Ebola outbreak that is engulfing Western Africa.

Cokie van de Velde, from Whixley, is an aid worker who has already been to both Liberia and Guinea supporting doctors as part of a team who are bravely battling to contain the deadly disease.

And despite the risk to her own safety, she is returning to Africa to try and save more lives as Gaynor Barnes reports.

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