A new team established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions in Syria will investigate nine attacks that took place in over the past several years, including in the town of Douma. The new team will focus on sites of chemical attacks where culprits have not yet been identified by the United Nations-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). The…
At least seven children are confirmed to have been killed in an attack on the village of Mhambel in northwest Syria on Friday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. It has been reported that most of those who lost their lives were internally displaced, having already been forced from their communities by previous waves of fighting. “This latest outrage adds to the mounting child casualties caused by intensifying violence over…
The Assad regime forces and Russian forces continue to bomb towns and villages in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria, mainly targeting the infrastructure, healthcare facilities, and educational facilities, and services institutions. The United Nations said it had recorded 29 attacks on 25 health facilities, transport and personnel, as well as 45 attacks on schools in northwestern Syria since the end of April, the latest including the second attack in…
Human Rights Watch on Friday condemned Lebanon’s order for Syrian refugees to demolish their hard shelters as tantamount to “illegitimate pressure” on them to return to their war-torn country. “This crackdown on housing code violations should be seen for what it is, which is illegitimate pressure on Syrian refugees to leave Lebanon,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) refugee rights director Bill Frelick said on Friday. “Many of those affected have real…
The Commission of Inquiry on the human rights situation in Syria condemned the bombing campaign by the Assad's forces on the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. In a report submitted to the UN human rights council Tuesday, the Commission’s chairman Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said that the fragile ceasefire in the demilitarized zone of northwest Syria is at risk of total collapse. “Conditions for the ceasefire have not been respected, and…
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