The Assad regime has refused access to a newly-created chemical weapons investigation team formed to identify culprits behind attacks with banned munitions, the organization’s top official said in remarks published on Wednesday. Member countries of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) voted last year to create the Investigation and Identification Team (IIT), a decision that was opposed by Damascus and its ally Russia. “Syria refuses to recognize…
The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on Syrian businessman Samer Foz and his family, who have close ties to Bashar al-Assad and who Washington said have been involved in importing Iranian oil into Syria. The sanctions were being placed on Foz, his siblings Amer and Husen, and the family-owned Aman Holding, a company run by the Foz family from the coastal city of Latakia, the US Department of the…
Hundreds of Syrian refugees in the German city of Dortmund held a memorial vigil to pay tribute to the fallen hero Abdul Basset Sarout who was killed in the battles against the Assad regime forces in the countryside of Hama. On Tuesday, Syrian refugees in Hamburg in northern German held a vigil in memory of Sarout, who they dubbed as ‘the guardian of the revolution.” The participants also held a…
Egyptian activists took to Twitter to respond to recent inflammatory speech against Syrian refugees in Egypt, launching an Arabic-language hashtag to express solidarity with Syrian refugees in Egypt. The hashtag, which loosely translates to “Syrians are welcome in Egypt,’ topped the Twitter trends list in Egypt for several hours on Monday as it attracted thousands of tweets expressing the Egyptians love for and solidarity with their Syrian brethren. The campaign…
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt slammed the provocative remarks Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has recently made against the Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Jumblatt took to Twitter to blast the FM’s remarks. “We heard the news of Deir al-Ahmar about the expulsion of the Syrians, and we hear the news of Arsal and the demolition of tents and houses again,” said Jumblatt, adding: “We have compiled a…
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