The Assad regime detained at least three Syrians who were deported by Lebanon’s General Security back to Syria, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on Monday, adding that the Lebanese authorities are pursuing new policy of forcibly returning refugees without due process. “Lebanon is putting Syrians at grave risk by returning them to the country they fled and handing them over to a government that is responsible for…
Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that “satellite imagery shows that entire towns and villages have been razed to the ground” in northwestern Syria. In briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday, Lowcock said that “the people of Idleb are reached exclusively through the cross-border operation.” “There can be no reason, rationale, excuse or justification for the destruction of civilian areas on the scale seen in Idleb…
Almost 2,500 Syrian refugees have been "forcibly deported" from Lebanon to their war-torn country over the past three months, a rights group has said, urging authorities to "immediately" halt the expulsions. In a statement on Tuesday, Amnesty International cited data from Lebanon's General Security agency and the Lebanese government which said that about 2,447 Syrians had been expelled between mid-May and August 9. “On 13 May 2019, the General Security…
The United States has renewed its warning to individuals and businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in Damascus opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the possibility of US sanctions. In a statement posted on social media on Tuesday, the US Embassy in Syria said it had received reports that some regional businessmen or chambers of commerce plan to participate in the Damascus fair. “We reiterate…
The United Nations has called on all parties to the conflict de-escalate the situation in Idlib province which has been subjected to relentless onslaught by the Assad regime and Russian forces. It called for recommitment to the ceasefire after the Assad regime and Russian assault escalated in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. “The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to de-escalate the situation in the north-west part…
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