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…
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration sees no long-term role for the Assad family and the Assad regime in Syria. Speaking to reporters at a briefing on the sidelines of the G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany, Tillerson said that "how" Bashar Assad "leaves is yet to be determined." However, Tillerson said he thinks there will be a transition away from the Assad government. “We have…
The UN Security Council on Thursday reaffirmed its full support for the UN-OPCW investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria in remarks made by Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN. Council members reiterated their strong condemnation of the use of chemical weapons at the end of a closed-door briefing at the UN Security Council on Thursday on recent chemical attacks in Syria. Jieyi said that the…
Rights groups on Wednesday called for an independent, transparent investigation into the deaths of Syrian refugees under torture in the prisons of the Lebanese army. They also called for holding those responsible to account. Human Rights Watch and Lebanese NGO LIFE called for a full investigation to determine the circumstances behind the four deaths. "In light of the army’s own admission that the health condition of the detainees deteriorated while…
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