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Man feeds scores of abandoned cats in war-torn Syria

An ambulance driver has taken it upon himself to feed scores of cats abandoned by their owners in a war-torn part of Syria.

Cats flocks to be fed by Alaa Credit: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Alaa spends around £2.50 on meat each day to feed a small army of hungry strays - an act of kindness he has kept up for the past two months.

Alaa feeding a cat in the Aleppo district of Masaken Hanano Credit: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Many of the cats in the district of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo face the risk of starvation after residents fled heavy shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Cats wait for Alaa in Aleppo Credit: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

Alaa believes around 150 cats rely on his daily rounds.

Syrian babies 'dying in incubators due to power cuts'

Newborns freezing to death in hospital incubators, patients opting to be knocked out with metal bars for lack of anesthesia, surging cases of polio.

A new report published by charity Save the Children paints a dire picture of Syria's collapsing healthcare system.

A baby survivor at a hospital in Aleppo Credit: REUTERS/Hosam Katan

The report, issued by charity Save the Children, said some 60 percent of Syria's hospitals have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the three-year-old conflict and nearly half of its doctors have fled the country.

In Aleppo, one of the worst-hit cities, only 36 of its 2,500 doctors remain.

The report says increasing numbers of children are suffering and dying from diseases that would have been previously treated or prevented.

Up to 80,000 children across the Syria have contracted polio, even though the illness was eradicated across Syria in 1995.

Over 140,000 people have died in the war, which started as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad and degenerated into civil conflict.


'British fighter' killed in suicide bomb jail attack

A British citizen is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria by driving a vehicle packed with explosives into Aleppo Central Prison, in an attack that is said to have freed 300 prisoners held by Syrian forces.

The remains of Aleppo prison after the believed suicide bomb attack Credit: YouTube

The man known as Abu Suleiman al-Britani, of Pakistani origin, would be the first Briton to carry out a suicide attack in Syria and he would be the eighth British citizen to die fighting since Syria's civil war began three years ago.

The suicide bomb believed to be driven by British citizen Abu Suleiman al-Britani Credit: YouTube

Aleppo Central Prison, which has been under siege by rebel groups for months, is believed to house around 4,000 prisoners.

Civilians at the site of Aleppo prison after the attack Credit: YouTube

Reports: Suicide bomber in Syria prison raid was British

A British man has died after carrying out a suicide bombing at a prison near the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, according to reports.

Sulayman al Britani, a Briton of Pakistani descent, is reported to have driven a truck bearing explosives into the entrance of the prison, allowing armed militants to enter.

Syrian TV footage showing the blast at the prison near Aleppo

Local TV channels broadcast images of what is claimed to be the heavily-armoured truck driven in the attack, which led to the hundreds of prisoners being freed.

Syrian TV footage of the truck allegedly used in the attack

Al Britani was allegedly a member of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

A Foreign Office spokesperson has told ITV News it is aware of the reports.

Activists: Syrian forces kill 83 in barrel bomb attacks

Syrian military helicopters dropped more improvised "barrel bombs" on the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, a monitoring group said, bringing the death toll to at least 83 people in the latest episode of the conflict.

Smoke rises while Free Syrian Army fighters stand at the Karm al-Tarab neighbourhood frontline in Aleppo Credit: Reuters

Most of the victims killed since Friday have been civilians from the city's eastern districts, including women and children, according to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has a broad network of sources across Syria.

The use of barrel bombs - oil drums or cylinders packed with explosives and metal fragments - has drawn international condemnation, including from Syria's opposition delegation and their Western backers at recent peace talks in Switzerland.


Activists say air strikes kill at least 40 in north Syria

Air strikes around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo have killed at least 40 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights told Reuters.

The pro-opposition monitoring group said there were at least six strikes on the outskirts of Aleppo and nearby towns. Dozens of people were wounded, it said.

"Some of the strikes in the neighbourhood of Tareeq al-Bab appeared to be targeting rebel headquarters but instead the rockets fell in a busy street and caused heavy civilian casualties," Rami Abdelrahman, head of the Observatory, said.

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