Iran is seeking to solidify its access to the Mediterranean Sea by building a permanent seaport and constructing numerous military installations throughout Syria, a bipartisan pair of lawmakers warned the Trump administration. U.S. Representatives Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL) on Thursday sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging them to take all necessary action to prevent Iran from…
Civilians in Syria are increasingly paying the price as counter-ISIS airstrikes escalate while ISIS cracks down on those in and around areas remaining under its control, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Friday. The UN Human Rights chief urged “all states' air forces operating in the country to take much greater care to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians. All parties to the…
A group of around 50 Syrian refugees trapped between Morocco and Algeria face a "catastrophic situation" as they are unable to move in either direction, rights watchdogs warned Wednesday. "We denounce the catastrophic situation in which entire Syrian families survive in the zone between the two borders around the area of Figuig (in Morocco) and Beni Ounif (in Algeria)," the rights group said in a statement. The Moroccan Association of…
More than 800 medical staff have been killed in Syria since March 2011, and more than half of all medical facilities are closed or are only partially functioning, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said during a Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed violence on Thursday. “Despite our efforts, civilians continue to bear the brunt of conflict around the world,” Guterres told the 15-member body, stressing that…
More than 2 million children live under siege and in hard-to-reach areas across Syria with little to no humanitarian aid, the United Nation's children agency said in a report Wednesday. “Surgical and other lifesaving supplies are regularly removed from the few convoys that are allowed into these areas,” UNICEF said. “The conflict in Syria has rendered 5.8 million children in need. Many children do not have access to life-saving vaccinations…
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