Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received a group of Syrian and Turkish children, hosted at the camps of Prime Ministry’s Disasters and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres also accompanied Turkish President at the meeting. Guterres arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to pay an official visit and to see the latest situation of refugees in Turkey. “You are…
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday that the global community must do more to help Syria’s neighbors cope with the millions of people who have fled the country’s civil war. More than three million Syrians have arrived in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq during Syria’s nearly four-year war. Lebanon enforced new immigration controls along its border with Syria Monday in an attempt to stem the flow of people.…
Louay Safi, a Syrian dissident, said that the international anti-ISIS coalition’s strategy is contributing to strengthening ISIS and helping it gain more sympathizers. “Since the launch of the US-led bombing campaign against ISIS, sympathy with this extremist group has increased, not out of belief in its fanatical views, but because the international community has put the population in the areas out of control of the authoritarian regimes between in front…
The Interim Ministry of Education announced that that the winter holidays of the current academic year would begin on January 7th and end on January 18th. The decision was made in light of the severe weather conditions affecting northern Syria. As the snowstorm dubbed Zina intensified on Wednesday, thousands of Syrian refugees in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan found themselves trapped in their tents. Powerful wind uprooted many refugee tents,…
The United Nations expressed concern after Lebanon introduced unprecedented entry restrictions for Syrians on Monday, imposing visa-like requirements in an apparent effort to curb the inflow of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war in massive numbers. Ron Redmond, regional spokesman for the UNHCR, said: “We are looking at these new procedures with some interest, because those procedures don’t make mention of the agreement of the government to continue to allow the…
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