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Hampshire schoolboy helps fundraise for people made homeless by the war in Syria

Schoolboy Muhammed, 10, helps raise money for people affected by the war in Syria

The Syrian community in Southampton has pledged to raise five thousand pounds to help refugees made homeless by war.

Many of the families who gathered for a charity event today have been in the area for decades, some have just arrived from Syria. All say they're deeply concerned about the conflict in the country they once called home.

In his report, Richard Jones spoke to Dr Redwan El-Khayat from the Syria Relief Charity UK; and 10-year-old fundraiser Muhammed Alzetani.

Musician's song reflects struggle of refugees

It's been a year in which the sorrows of many, forced to flee their countries in the face of war, have touched us all. The plight of Syrians, in particular, was brought home by the tragic death of a three-year-old boy, found drowned on a beach. A musician from Sussex was so moved that he's recorded a song in tribute to the child whose sad death highlighted the struggle of thousands. Andy Dickenson reports.

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Should we bomb Isis targets in Syria?

Should we join France, America and Russia - and bomb Isis targets in Syria? That's what MPs must decide in a commons vote, expected next week.

David Cameron set out his reasons why we should - saying it's 'in the national interest'.

So what's the thinking from some of the South's MPs? Our Political correspondent Phil Hornby has been finding out.

Appearing are: JULIAN LEWIS MP New Forest East, Con RICHARD DRAX MP South Dorset, Con CAROLINE LUCAS MP Brighton Pavilion, Green FLICK DRUMMOND MP Portsmouth South, Con

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Confusion over whether Portsmouth should take more refugees

"We can't afford to take any more." That's the message from Portsmouth ahead of a council debate over the housing of refugees seeking asylum in the South.

It came as the newly-appointed minister for Syrian refugees visited the city to praise the government's programme to resettle 20,000 migrants in the UK over the next five years.

But the council says it's already taken more than many other parts of the region and is spending millions to support them.

Richard Jones talked to Kevin Toy; Border Force; Donna Jones, leader, Portsmouth City Council; and Richard Harrington MP, Minister for Syrian Refugees.

Minister on the spot...will Portsmouth have to take more refugees?

"We can't afford to take any more."

That's the message from Portsmouth ahead of a council debate over the housing of refugees, seeking asylum in the South.

It came as the newly-appointed minister for Syrian refugees Richard Harrington visited the city to praise the government's programme to resettle 20,000 migrants in the UK over the next five years.

But the council says it's already taken more than many other parts of the region and is spending millions to support them.

Portsmouth man killed in Syria

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A 24-year-old man has become the third from the same UK city to have been killed in fighting in Syria.

Manunur Roshid was one of five friends who travelled to the war-torn country from Portsmouth, in October last year.

He is understood to have joined up with fighters from the Islamic State of Iraqand the Levant (Isil). Two of his companions, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Muhammad Humidur Rahman, 25, have already died.<

Abdul Jalil, committee chairman of the Jami mosque in Portsmouth, said that he understood a fourth man from Portsmouth was also ill in hospital in Syria.

He told the Portsmouth News: "We are very worried. They are on the front line. Five people went there and three have been killed.

"It is a very big shock for their parents and we are working with the community to make sure that [something like this] does not happen again.

"We are working with the police, the crime prevention team and the council to warn people, our youngsters especially, telling them not to go to Syria and also to get parents to watch their children."

"We are aware of reports that a British national has been killed in Syria. The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, where all UK consular services are suspended. As we do not have any representation in Syria, it is extremely difficult to get any confirmation of deaths or injuries and our options for supporting British nationals there are extremely limited."

– Foreign Office

Earlier this month, two houses in Portsmouth, including the family home of Ifthekar Jaman, were among properties raided by counter-terrorism police.

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) have been granted extra time to question two men aged 26 and 23, from Portsmouth, a 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich who were arrested under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.

Their detention is now authorised until October 28

Video surfaces of two Sussex brothers fighting in Syria

Abdullah Deghayes,18, died while fighting in Syria earlier this year

Dramatic video has surfaced of two brothers from Sussex fighting in Syria. Their younger brother, eighteen-year-old Abdullah Deghayes, was shot dead six weeks ago in a street battle. It is believed he was fighting alongside a group linked to al-Qaeda.

The men's father says they went to Syria to fight a "dictator" and describes his youngest son as a "martyr". He is pleading with his surviving sons to come home. But if they do, they face the possibility of being arrested.

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