The United States on Tuesday said that the Assad regime, the ISIS extremist group and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) continue to forcibly recruit children in combat operations. In its annual report on human trafficking, the US State Department said that the Assad regime “maintained its forcible recruitment and use of child soldiers, subjecting children to extreme violence and retaliation by opposition forces.” The Assad regime “did not protect and…
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for special consideration to be taken for civilians trapped in Raqqa as ongoing military operation to capture the city from ISIS caused exodus of civilians who are being hit with lethal weapons, including with white phosphorus. “I make an urgent appeal to all those conducting military operations in Syria to do everything in their power to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure,” Guterres said in…
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:01

WHO Reports 15 New Cases of Polio in Syria

Fifteen new cases of polio have been confirmed in Syria, including a child who may have caught the disease in Raqqa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. The WHO said aid workers are unable to vaccinate the population in and around Raqqa, a city held by ISIS militants and a target of US-led airstrikes. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a UN briefing on Tuesday that 14 more cases…
International and Syrian human rights organizations have launched a fundraiser campaign to fund investigations into war crimes in Syria following the failure of UN member states to secure adequate funding, organizers of the campaign said. In a statement released on Monday, the organizers said that campaign aims to raise 1.9 million euros. "More than five months ago, the United Nations General Assembly decided to launch an investigation into war crimes…
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemned an attack on Saturday against a humanitarian convoy that was heading to the town of Harasta in the outskirts of Damascus. A staff member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was wounded in the attack. In a press release issued on Sunday, ICRC said that the 37-truck convoy from the ICRC, Syrian Arab Red Crescent, and the United Nations was heading…
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