Syrian refugees brave the cold and snow as they walk to a metro station in Istanbul on Wednesday, at the start of a day’s begging. The civil war, which began as a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, has killed 200,000 people and turned 3 million more into refugees
A mannequin is pictured at a damaged building in the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Sheets meant to shield residents from the snipers’ sights still hang over the streets of this Syrian border town, and its shattered buildings and cratered roads suggest those who fled are unlikely to return any time soon. Kurdish forces said this week they had taken full control of Kobani, a mainly Kurdish town near the Turkish border, after months of bombardment by Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that has spread across Syria and Iraq.
A man walks past Syrian refugees in Istanbul. Heavy snow across large parts of Turkey on January 6 snarled road and air traffic and led to school closures.
A Syrian refugee girl stands near her tent at a refugee camp in Zahle in the Bekaa valley on Thursday
A man suspected of passing on military information to the Syrian government waits to be interrogated after being arrested by Free Syrian Army fighters in Aleppo
Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside
Syrian Kurdish refugees sleep in a field where they spent overnight near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province.
Syrian children hold up debris as they check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes against Isis, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province
Elderly Syrian refugee Saltiya Ibraheem, 70, poses outside her makeshift home in Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan on Wednesday
Free Syrian Army fighters brandish their weapons in the countryside near Hama, during what activists said was a call for leaders of other military groups to start liberating the central Syrian city from forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad
A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at Umayyad Square in Damascus
Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus in this handout released by Syria‘s national news agency SANA.
A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter in Aleppo. Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran is “ready to help any logical attempts” to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
An emergency worker attempts to extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on Friday during prayers in the Sukkari neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family’s 40-year rule.
A Syrian refugee woman looks out from a window with no glass, in a house in the Kucukpazar area of Istanbul. Syrian government forces are waging a campaign of siege warfare and starvation against civilians as part of its military strategy, a UN-mandated probe said on Wednesday.
A man and three boys, covered with dust, sit in a state of shock following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
A Syrian girl attends classes at a makeshift school in the largest Bulgarian camp in the southern town of Harmanli. Humanitarian aid, including clothes, food and hygiene materials, has started trickling in from non-governmental groups in the country and abroad to the camps in the EU’s poorest country after the UN expressed alarm over a ‘human emergency’ on the EU’s southern fringe.
A Free Syrian Army fighter, surrounded by sandbags, takes up position as he aims his weapon into the old city of Aleppo, Syria
Syrian internally displaced children gather outside their temporary home at an abandoned land where they have taken shelter after fleeing their village that turned into a battlefield between government forces and Free Syrian Army fighters in Idlib province, northern Syria. Arabic on the wall reads, “hell of the revolutionaries or Bashar’s heaven.”
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Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria.