The militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) has further stepped up its repressive practices against civilians in the areas under its control as more civilians are being kidnapped, arbitrarily detained, and subjected to torture. The Syrian Coalition strongly condemned these violations, calling for the referral of all war crimes in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Activists in rural Raqqa said that the PYD militia detained 19 civilians…
The number of victims of the massacre that was carried out by the Assad regime forces in the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus on Friday rose to 16 as residents trapped in the ravaged district issued appeals for an urgent humanitarian truce and the opening of safe passages for them to get out of the area. Local activists said that the massacre took place after the Assad regime air…
As many as 120,000 people arrived in Syria‚Äôs north after they had been displaced from their homes over the past two months. Activists said that the suffering of the new arrivals continued after they arrived in shelters and camps in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib due to shortages of humanitarian assistance. Relief organizations are expecting the arrival of more displaced people from northern Homs over the next few days,…
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that as of mid-February, the Assad regime forces have committed at least 50 massacres with purely sectarian nature since the beginning of the revolution in March 2011. The Network said that these massacres amounted to "sectarian cleansing." The monitoring group pointed out that the massacres claimed the lives of no fewer than 3,028 people, including 531 children and 472 women. It noted…
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Wednesday said that chlorine gas "was likely used as a chemical weapon" in an attack in the town of Saraqib in the northern Idlib province in February. In a statement, the watchdog said that its investigators had "determined that chlorine was released from cylinders" in the Ali Talil neighborhood of Saraqib in the northern province of Idlib on February 4.…
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