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Syrians search for IS captives a year after caliphate crumbles

When the Islamic State group lost its Syrian bastion Raqa last year, family members of missing people hoped to finally uncover what happened to their relatives, who vanished years ago in the jihadists’ prisons. But with many IS jails destroyed in fighting and no centralised body investigating the issue, Syrians have spent a year desperately searching with no answers.

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Syria: demonstration in Idlib province against the regime

Thousands of Syrians wave Turkish and Syrian opposition flags as they demonstrate against the regime in the streets of the Maaret al-Numan in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib.

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Syrians react to Russia-Turkey Idlib plan

Syrians chant slogans and wave opposition flags during a demonstration in Binnish, in the northern Idlib province, as they react to the announcement that there will be no assault on the area as the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed to create a demilitarised zone around the Syrian rebel-held province.

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Syrians in government areas vote in first local polls since 2011

Syrians in government-controlled areas cast their ballots in the first local elections there since 2011, when the country’s ill-fated uprising erupted against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. More than 6,550 voting centres opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) across government-held parts of the country with more than 40,000 candidates competing for 18,478 seats on local administrative councils, state media reported.

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Syrians put out fires after Russian airstrikes near Idlib

Syrian firefighters try to put out fires following reported Russian airstrikes on the rebel-held towns of Muhambal and Jadraya in Syria’s Idlib province.

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Air raid warning tech gives Syrians life-saving minutes

Syrians subscribe to a warning system that alerts them on their phones of the incoming threat of air strikes in Syria’s rebel-held province of Idlib, giving residents more time to take cover. The Sentry programme, launched two years ago by two Americans and a Syrian coder, uses human observers and a network of sensors to compute a predicted impact location when Syrian or allied Russian warplanes take off.

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UN fears 800,000 could be displaced in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib

Displaced Syrians take refuge at a camp as they wait for an expected government assault on Syria’s last rebel-held province, Idlib, and surrounding areas that could displace as many as 800,000 people already in a dire humanitarian situation, a representative of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA) warned in Damascus during an interview with AFP.

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Exiled Syrians put on dance performance at Paris art festival

Posters denouncing the government of Bashar al-Assad, paintings on Syrian jails and choreography to evoke the trauma … These artists in exile have Syria in their skin and they tell through their work, by commitment or because they do not know any other way to express their stories. Their work was presented at the third edition of the festival “Syrien n’est fait” in Paris, at Les Grand Voisins (14th), organized by the NGO ASML / Syria.