Hashem Ahelbarra

Hashem Ahelbarra

"Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region.

Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor."

Journalism under fire

World's most dangerous place for press: Covering the war in Syria

Syria is the world's most dangerous country for journalists. More than 200 media personnel have been killed since the start of the war, six years ago.

World's most dangerous place for press: Covering the war in Syria

Middle East

Assad's siege of Syria's Eastern Ghouta an 'outrage' - UN

The UN has described the Syrian government's siege of Eastern Ghouta an "outrage" and has asked for an immediate lifting of the siege so that aid can reach the civilians. The isolated population is dying from bombing, hunger and cold weather.

Assad's siege of Syria's Eastern Ghouta an 'outrage' - UN

War & Conflict

Syrian opposition seeks rebel unity to rebuild army

The Syrian opposition wants the three main rebel factions in northern Syria to reunite as one army.

Syrian opposition seeks rebel unity to rebuild army

Syria's Civil War

Russia blocks UN probe into Syria chemical weapons

It has left many affected by the Khan Sheikhoun attack, in which about 80 people were killed and more than 500 injured in Idlib province, feeling abandoned by the world.

Russia blocks UN probe into Syria chemical weapons

War & Conflict

Syrian children's hunger crisis worsens, aid groups blocked

Doctors in war-torn Syria say more and more children are dying of hunger in areas besieged by government forces. The crisis is particularly severe in eastern Ghouta, a region on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.

Syrian children's hunger crisis worsens, aid groups blocked

Middle East

Syria's war: Generations of children deprived of education

As the war in Syria joins the longest and deadliest in history, tens of thousands of children are missing out on an education. Instead, many are forced to find work to support their families, where they face abuse and exploitation.

Syria's war: Generations of children deprived of education

War & Conflict

Syria: Rebel groups sign fragile ceasefire for Eastern Ghouta

Rebel groups in Syria have signed a ceasefire covering Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

Syria: Rebel groups sign fragile ceasefire for Eastern Ghouta

War & Conflict

Turkey worried Kurdish influence will grow in Syria after Raqqa

The alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces in Syria are celebrating the capture of the city of Raqqa from ISIL.

Turkey worried Kurdish influence will grow in Syria after Raqqa

Middle East

Syrian civilians fleeing as fighters move to Raqqa

More civilians are fleeing ISIL's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in Syria as the final assault to flush out the group's last remaining fighters continues.

Syrian civilians fleeing as fighters move to Raqqa

Middle East

Civilians evacuated from Syria's Raqqa as fighting intensifies

Fighting is intensifying in Syria in a major operation to recapture areas under ISIL control.

Civilians evacuated from Syria's Raqqa as fighting intensifies

Syria's Civil War

Fears over potential clashes between FSA and Idlib fighters

A military build-up continues on Turkey's border with Syria where Turkey is supporting a campaign to secure opposition control over the city of Idlib.

Fears over potential clashes between FSA and Idlib fighters

Middle East

Syrian rebel alliance vows battle after FSA fighters enter Idlib

An alliance of Syrian rebel groups is promising a fierce battle against other factions’ fighters that enter its territory in Syria's Idlib province.

Syrian rebel alliance vows battle after FSA fighters enter Idlib