The US Treasury announced sanctions Thursday targeting a network of business groups that supplies fuel to the Assad regime, along with one that handles regime trade with the ISIS extremist group. The Treasury said the four individuals and five companies added to its financial blacklist were important to helping Assad’s regime obtain much-needed crude oil and fuels despite sanctions on Syria. It named Muhammad al-Qatirji and his Qatirji Company as…
US President Donald Trump on Monday warned Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. “The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don’t let that happen!” Trump wrote in a tweet. France on…
Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to all parties who have influence in Syria to defend human rights and safeguard the civilian population in the rebel-held northern region of Idlib, which faces an imminent attack by the Assad regime forces and their allies. “The winds of war are blowing and we are receiving troubling news about the risk of a possible humanitarian catastrophe in Syria, in the province of Idlib,” Francis…
  The Astana working group on detentions and abductions in the Syrian conflict should take immediate steps to address the Assad regime’s arbitrary detentions, torture of detainees, and enforced disappearances, 11 human rights organizations said in a joint letter on Friday. On September 7, 2018, the presidents of Turkey, Russia, and Iran will hold their third meeting to discuss the Syrian conflict. The working group, which was set up by…
Some 800,000 people who are already living in difficult conditions may be further displaced if the Assad regime and its allies strike the opposition-held Idlib region, the UN warned on Wednesday. In an interview with AFP, a representative of the United Nations Humanitarian Coordination Office (OCHA) said such an attack could be catastrophic. "We fear that -- should there be an increased escalation of hostilities in that area -- up…
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