Monday, 27 February 2017 19:17

Film on Syria's White Helmets Wins an Oscar

A film documenting the struggle of Syria's White Helmets won the Oscar for best short documentary on Sunday. The White Helmets are a group of rescuers who risk their lives to help save victims of bombardment by the Assad regime and its allies on the rebel-held areas. The 40-minute Netflix film, directed by British documentary-maker Orlando von Einsiedel, follows volunteers as they conduct search and rescue operations in Aleppo and…
The credibility of the UN Security Council is at stake as it meets to discuss possible sanctions against the Assad regime for the use of chemical weapons against civilians, head of the French mission to the United Nations said on Friday. “If the Security Council is not able to unite on such a vital, literally, vital question of proliferation and use of weapons of mass destruction against civilian population, then…
Tens of thousands of Syrians have returned home from Turkey since the start of the Ankara-backed FSA military operation inside the country, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday. "Nearly 50,000 Syrians have returned to this area from Turkey since the Euphrates Shield operation started," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. "I believe after Daesh is cleared from Albab, many people will go back," Cavusoglu told reporters in the southern Turkish city…
The UN Security Council is likely to vote next week on a draft resolution that would slap sanctions on the Assad regime over the use of chemical weapons, but Russia is almost certain to veto the measure, a senior diplomat said on Thursday. Britain, France and the United States are pushing for a ban on the sale of helicopters to the Assad regime and sanctions on 11 Syrians and 10…
Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, said that the organization was not only the first and only organization to present evidence on the use of chemical weapons in the chemical attack on eastern Ghouta in August 2013, but also presented evidence confirming the Assad regime was responsible for the attack that claimed the lives hundreds of civilians. Whitson, who was speaking during…
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