Russian ships have left the Tartus naval base in Syria, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian lawmaker as saying on Thursday as the US continues its massive military buildup in the region, the biggest since the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Moscow has also reportedly withdrawn support for Assad following threats by the United States to punish Syria’s dictator for the use of chemical weapons against civilians in the town…
The United States has reportedly nailed down eight potential locations to strike in Syria as British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of Cabinet ministers for deploying British forces against the Assad regime along with Washington and Paris. Citing an unnamed source, CNBC news network reported on Thursday that the US had selected eight possible targets belonging to the Assad regime that it will strike in response to the…
The World Health Organization on Wednesday said that around 500 people had been treated for “signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals” after the Saturday poison gas attack on the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta. “We should all be outraged at these horrific reports and images from Douma,” said Peter Salama, WHO’s deputy director-general for emergency preparedness and response. “WHO demands immediate unhindered access to the area…
Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Monday called on permanent members of the UN Security Council to "feel the scale of the humanitarian tragedy that has been unfolding in Syria over the past seven years.” He said that “the conflict has left over half million people dead and millions more displaced as well as caused humanitarian tragedies that are reminiscent of the two world wars.” Geagea called on the Council’s…
The chemical attack on civilians in the town of Douma is a war crime that bears the hallmarks of the Assad regime, but its ally Russia shares potential criminal responsibility for its use, head of Human Rights Watch said on Monday. Kenneth Roth, executive director of the activist group, said countries should consider putting pressure on President Vladimir Putin ahead of Russia hosting the World Cup in June, as Assad…
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