Escalating violence in northwest Syria has caused more than 200,000 displacements since mid-December, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Assad regime forces and Iranian militias, backed by close Russian aerial over, have stepped up bombardment on Idlib and Hama provinces in recent weeks in an attempt to advance on the liberated areas. In a new situation report published Tuesday, the UN's humanitarian coordination branch (OCHA) said it had recorded 212,140…
Human Rights Watch has once again turned the spotlight on the use of chemical weapons in attacks in Syria, criticizing the international community's inaction in addressing this issue. In a dispatch published on Tuesday, the watchdog group said that the UN Security Council failed to make any significant progress in determining those responsible for chemical attacks in Syria or to refer them to the International Criminal Court. “Russia has used…
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani said that the Assad regime’s escalating onslaught on Idlib province risked undermining all chances of political solution in Syria, while France expressed its deep concern about the military escalation against Syrian cities and towns. "Scenes of bombardment in Idlib are repeated under the same pretexts. Continued attacks in Idlib are intended to undermine a political solution to the Syria crisis and kill…
The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday condemned an upsurge in civilian casualties in the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta amid the recent escalation in airstrikes and ground-based attacks by Assad regime forces and their allies, noting that at least 85 civilians have been killed since 31 December. “The reports emerging from Eastern Ghouta of civilian casualties as a result of airstrikes suggest that attacking forces may be failing…
Syrian refugees in Lebanon are more vulnerable than ever, with more than half now living in extreme poverty and over three quarters living below the poverty line, UN aid organizations said on Tuesday. The annual Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees (VASyR), which was conducted by UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP, revealed that 58 per cent of Syrian households in Lebanon are now living in extreme poverty – on less than US$2.87…
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