Almost 2,500 Syrian refugees have been "forcibly deported" from Lebanon to their war-torn country over the past three months, a rights group has said, urging authorities to "immediately" halt the expulsions. In a statement on Tuesday, Amnesty International cited data from Lebanon's General Security agency and the Lebanese government which said that about 2,447 Syrians had been expelled between mid-May and August 9. “On 13 May 2019, the General Security…
The United States has renewed its warning to individuals and businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in Damascus opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the possibility of US sanctions. In a statement posted on social media on Tuesday, the US Embassy in Syria said it had received reports that some regional businessmen or chambers of commerce plan to participate in the Damascus fair. “We reiterate…
The United Nations has called on all parties to the conflict de-escalate the situation in Idlib province which has been subjected to relentless onslaught by the Assad regime and Russian forces. It called for recommitment to the ceasefire after the Assad regime and Russian assault escalated in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. “The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to de-escalate the situation in the north-west part…
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that her country will not contribute to the rebuilding efforts in Syria unless a political solution is reached through the UN-led political process and the implementation of UN resolution 2254. Speaking at the G7 summit in the French resort city of Biarritz on Monday, Merkel linked Syria's reconstruction to progress in the political process. She noted that it would not be possible to think of…
The United States vowed to hold the Assad regime accountable for its crimes in Syria in a statement marking the sixth anniversary of the Assad regime's biggest chemical attack on the Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that killed nearly 1,500 civilians, including children and women. The Assad regime's “barbaric history of using chemical weapons against its own people cannot and will not be forgotten or tolerated,” the State Department said…
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