The delivery of cross-border aid provides a lifeline for millions of Syrians, who it would be impossible to reach in a sustained manner from within Syria, said the UK Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft on Tuesday. He said that the renewal of UN Security Council resolution 2165 gives the people of Syria “a small ray of hope.” The UN Security Council approved the delivery of humanitarian aid across borders…
The United Nations renewed calls for the urgent medical evacuation of some 500 people in besieged eastern Ghouta in the Damascus suburbs. “Our humanitarian colleagues say they remain very concerned about the situation inside besieged eastern Ghouta in Syria, where airstrikes are being reported daily and where citizens remain in desperate need of humanitarian aid and medical evacuation,” Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the UN Secretary‑General told reporters on Wednesday. “On…
Syria remains the most dangerous country in the world for journalists for the second consecutive year, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday. Since the Syrian revolution broke out in 2011, the Assad regime has killed hundreds of journalists and media activists to conceal the crimes its forces are committing against demonstrators and dissidents. Syria was the deadliest country for journalists, with 12 killed in 2017, according to annual figures…
The Assad regime continues to block the evacuation of the sick and wounded from the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta which has been under siege by regime forces since 2013. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday warned of a humanitarian crisis in the rebel-held area. "The humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta has reached a critical point. As so often in Syria over the last six years,…
The 2017 Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon (VASyR), an annual study by the UN agencies, revealed that 58 percent of the Syrian households in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty with a daily income of fewer than 2.87 US dollars per person. The survey found 76 percent of refugees were living below the poverty line, defined as less than $3.84 per person a day, and that nearly 90…
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