US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he "will absolutely do safe zones in Syria" for refugees fleeing violence in the war-torn country. "I'll absolutely do safe zones in Syria for the people," Trump told ABC News in an interview, without giving details. According to a document seen by Reuters, Trump is expected to order the Pentagon and State Department in the coming 90 days to craft such a plan.…
Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are struggling to get an education and many are being pushed into work or early marriage instead, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Monday. Around 187,000 youngsters - roughly half the school-age Syrian children in the country - are not going to classes, the agency said, as it launched a documentary on their situation. "Poverty, social exclusion, insecurity and language barriers are preventing…
The UN humanitarian chief told a news conference on Tuesday that the crisis in Syria “remains one of most complex, volatile and violent in the world.” "Of course we fear that it will get worse," Stephen O'Brien, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, said. "And even if peace was to take place from tonight, the humanitarian needs within Syria would continue for a good…
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday called for unimpeded and unconditional access to children in the besieged city of Deir Ezzor, noting that those children have not received regular humanitarian aid for more than two years. According to UNICEF, children in Deir Ezzor have come under intense attack in the past week, and indiscriminate shelling by regime forces and the ISIS militants has reportedly killed scores of civilians…
UNESCO condemned ISIS’s destruction of the most famous monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Tetrapylon, and the facade of its Roman Theatre two days ago. UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova said in a statement that the destruction of the UNESCO world heritage site constituted "a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.” Satellite imagery showed the Tetrapylon largely destroyed, with only…
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