For the second time in less than a month, the United Nations said that it remained deeply concerned by the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta near Damascus. Around 400,000 people have been trapped in eastern Ghouta since regime forces and their allied foreign militias laid a crippling siege on the area in 2012. “The UN has not reached any part of eastern Ghouta since October last year,”…
Experts from the UN watchdog tasked with destroying chemical weapons are probing reports that toxic weapons have been used 45 times in Syria since late last year, the body’s chief said Friday. Ahmet Uzumcu, Director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said there was “a huge list of allegations” of the use of toxic arms reported to the OPCW’s operations hub. The list includes the April…
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday appointed Syrian swimmer Yusra Mardini as its youngest Goodwill Ambassador. Mardini is a refugee who together with her sister swam for three hours in the Mediterranean Sea off Turkey’s coast, pulling a capsizing boat of refugees to safety. Her actions saved the lives of 20 refugees who were fleeing the Syrian capital, Damascus. Yusra, 17, was one…
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, pushed the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to focus "all eyes and all pressure" on Russia to try and end the Syrian conflict and pressed for council action even if it faces a veto by Moscow. "They are the ones who could stop this if they wanted to," Haley said of Russia. "We need to put pressure on Russia." "I will…
 A New York Times investigation have shown how the Assad regime and its main ally, Russia, have distorted the facts surrounding the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib. The New York Times on Wednesday published a video which went into detail about what the Assad regime and Russia claimed happened during the attack compared to what satellite photos and video of the…
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