The head of the United Nations emergency food relief agency today appealed for “regular, unimpeded and sustained” humanitarian access during a visit to Lebanon and Syria, his first official visit since assuming office. David Beasley, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday wrapped up a three-day trip to assess the growing needs in the two countries. In a press release, Beasley said he spoke first-hand…
The Assad regime forces used deadly nerve gas in at least four occasions in recent months, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, describing a "clear pattern" of chemical weapons use that could amount to crimes against humanity. In a report released on Monday, the watchdog group said that the new evidence supports the conclusion that regime forces have used nerve agents in the April 4 attack on the town of Khan…
For the second time in less than a month, the United Nations said that it remained deeply concerned by the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta near Damascus. Around 400,000 people have been trapped in eastern Ghouta since regime forces and their allied foreign militias laid a crippling siege on the area in 2012. “The UN has not reached any part of eastern Ghouta since October last year,”…
Experts from the UN watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons are probing reports that toxic weapons have been used 45 times in Syria since late last year, the body’s chief said Friday. Ahmet Uzumcu, Director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said there was “a huge list of allegations” of the use of toxic arms reported to the OPCW’s operations hub. The list includes the April…
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday appointed Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini as its youngest Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is a refugee who together with her sister swam for three hours in the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey’s coast, pulling a capsizing boat of refugees to safety. Her actions saved the lives of 20 refugees who were fleeing the Syrian capital, Damascus. Yusra, 17, was one…
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