Russian warplanes have mounted a new wave of airstrikes in the provinces of Idlib, Hama and Aleppo. The Syrian military said they targeted IS positions. But Syrian opposition activists report that moderate rebel groups and civilians are being hit.
The overall civilian toll fell by 9 percent compared to 2016, but the number of deaths from airstrikes saw a significant jump. A resurgent Taliban and "Islamic State" militants inflicted a bulk of the casualties.
The recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria have sparked concerns of a direct confrontation between Israel and Iran. DW spoke with Middle East expert Gil Murciano about the conflict, and Germany's potential role as mediator.
Several civilians were being treated for "suffocation" after airstrikes in rebel-held areas in northern Syria. The Syrian government denied US accusations last week it had used chemical weapons on opposition forces.
Russian mercenaries reportedly died in a US attack in Syria, marking the biggest confrontation of the two former Cold War opponents in decades. The incident is explosive in every respect, but what really occurred?
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