Iran was the “foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2016”, the US state department said on Wednesday in its annual report on terrorism worldwide. “Iran remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism globally,” said Justin Siberell, the US State Department's acting coordinator for counterterrorism. According to the report, Iran continues to provide support to the Hezbollah militias and various groups in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East. The report…
The European Union announced it will allocate 1.5 million euros to support the independent mechanism operating under the auspices of the UN to facilitate investigations of the crimes committed in Syria and to bring all those responsible to justice. “Accountability for war crimes, human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law are essential to ensuring a meaningful political transition in Syria, the EU said on Wednesday,” the EU said…
The European Council on Monday issued a series of sanctions against the Assad regime senior military officials and scientists behind the deadly chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 4 that claimed the lives of dozens of civilians, including children. “The Council added 16 persons to the list of those targeted by EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. The EU added these 16 persons for…
Lebanese MP Khalid Dahir denied claims by the Lebanese army that the little girl who was killed during the June 30 raid on camps of Syrian refugees in and around the town of Arsal in northeastern Lebanon was killed when her father blew himself up using an explosive belt. Dahir confirmed that the girl died when an army vehicle rammed into the hut in which she was living, causing a…
Dutch and French activists on Sunday called for an international investigation into the death of Syrian refugees under torture in Lebanon and for holding perpetrators to account. The calls came during a sit-in at Westmarket square in the Dutch capital Amsterdam where participants announced they were going on a hunger strike to protest against the death of the refugees. Dutch activist and writer Désanne van Brederode, who has been on…
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