Most of the buildings are severely damaged or even completely destroyed. Still the refugees that returned to their houses and flats in eastern Aleppo on Sunday were happy to be back home.
The demilitarized buffer zone in the Syrian city of Idlib may be established on Monday — if Damascus and the rebels stick to the agreement. DW explains the key points.
The Quneitra crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and a vital crossing between Jordan and Syria have reopened. The moves come as Syrian President Assad regains territory in the country's civil war.
After serving four years as the UN's go-to person for the conflict in Syria, Staffan de Mistura is leaving the post. His predecessors previously quit in frustration over the global deadlock on ending the war.
President Assad has promised that anyone who left the army or fled compulsory service will not be prosecuted. Under normal circumstances, desertion is met with a yearslong prison sentence.
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