Lebanon summarily deported at least 16 Syrians, some of them registered refugees, on April 26, 2019 after they arrived at the Beirut airport, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said earlier on Friday. At least 5 of the 16 had registered with the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and at least 13 expressed their fears of torture or persecution if returned to Syria, the rights watchdog added. “Despite this, the Syrians were…
The United Nations on Thursday said that repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure in the provinces of Idlib and rural Hama have left more than 240,000 people displaced from their homes since the beginning of April. It noted that the attacks have displaced more than 201,000 people in just a little more than the first two weeks of this month. Citing the repeated attacks on civilian infrastructure and the increased level…
Hundreds of civilians have been arrested in Dara’a province and 11 civilians serving on local councils and former fighters have been killed or attacked there since the Assad regime retook the area, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The UN human rights office said that between July 26, 2018, and March 31, at least 380 people were arrested or detained in Dara’a province alone. Spokeswoman Marta Hurtado told a news…
The United States sees signs the Assad regime may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in rural Lattakia in northwest Syria on Sunday, the State Department said on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond “quickly and appropriately” if this were proven. Syrian activists published videos showing what they said was shelling by the Assad regime on the town of Kabina in the northern Lattakia…
Nearly 400 members of the US Congress on Monday signed a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to demonstrate American leadership in resolving the prolonged conflict in Syria. The letter also called for economic and diplomatic pressure on Russia and Iran to retreat from their support for the Assad regime, and intensifying sanctions on Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist militia that is Iran’s ally. The bipartisan, bicameral group…
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