Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea stressed that Bashar Assad is a terrorist no different from the ISIS extremist group in a meeting with France's National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Beirut on Tuesday. “I took my time to explain to Le Pen the unclear images that reach the West and that we are all against terrorism which has no religion. Based on the aforesaid, Bashar Assad is one…
The Russian government has given promises to investigate civilian casualties from airstrikes in Syria, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Sunday. In a letter sent to Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on November 22, 2016, the human rights watchdog detailed 16 Assad regime-Russian aerial attacks that have deliberately or indiscriminately hit civilians and civilian infrastructure including bakeries, markets, and humanitarian objects between September 30, 2015 and September 19, 2016. The…
A UN investigative panel is pressing the Assad regime to hand over the names of commanders, military units and other entities suspected of carrying out chemical attacks, according to a report released Friday. The joint panel of the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has concluded that the Assad regime forces were responsible for three chlorine bombings of villages in 2014 and 2015. In its…
A new body is being set up at the United Nations in Geneva to prepare prosecutions of war crimes committed in Syria, UN officials and diplomats said on Thursday. The General Assembly voted to establish the mechanism in December and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is due to name a judge or prosecutor as its head this month. "We expect to start very, very shortly with just a handful of people,"…
The Assad regime and Russian forces were behind airstrikes that hit two hospitals in northeastern Syria back in February 2016, an investigation initiated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) concluded. The medical charity said that 25 people, including an MSF staff member, were killed and 11 others wounded in the attack. On 15 February 2016, the MSF-supported Ma’arat Alnuman hospital was hit by rocket fire. The casualties were taken to another…
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