The Assad regime has dropped leaflets on the towns and villages of northern rural Homs on the last couple of days, threatening residents with intensified shelling and death if they refused to leave their homes. Regime forces look poised to force a new evacuation deal on local residents similar to the ones already forced on many areas across Syria, especially in Homs province and the Damascus suburbs. Local activists said…
The local council in the town of Aqirbat in eastern rural Hama declared the town and the surrounding villages a disaster area and warned of a "humanitarian disaster" in the ISIS-held area. The council called for the opening of safe corridors for civilians to leave. "The town of Aqirbat as well as the nearby villages of Suha, Hammad Omar, Abu Hanaya, Rasm Awabid, Abu Habilat, and Umm Meel suffer severe…
Seven rights groups in Syria called upon the militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) to release detainees in its prisoners and to stop its repressive policies against opposing political parties and dissident activities, including most notably kidnappings and stifling free speech. In a joint statement issued on Monday, the rights groups called on the PYD to stop arbitrary detention of activists and dissidents. The statement stressed that these acts…
Syrian refugee Muthanna Al-Haj, who was displaced from his hometown in Dara’a 5 years ago, chose not to give up despite the difficult circumstances he has been going through since he escaped the brutality of the Assad regime and moved to Jordan. Al-Haj sought ardently to sharpen his talent and pursue his old dream of learning how to paint. Using his paintbrushes and canvases, Haj tried to embody the Syrian…
The local council in the district of Barzah in Damascus denied claims by the Assad regime that residents of the district willfully chose to leave their homes, stressing that the residents are being forced to leave their homes. The council sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, the Friends of Syria group, leaders of the upcoming Arab and Islamic Summit via…
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