The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Tuesday said that 18 of its staffers have been killed in Syria since the outbreak of the revolution in March 2011, adding that 28 others were still missing or kidnapped. The agency said that the victims were killed as a result of shelling, sniping fire, random gunfire, murder, and explosions of car bombs and IEDs. Nearly 4,000 UNRWA staffers currently operate in…
The Assad regime is punishing entire families of people placed arbitrarily on a list of alleged terrorists by freezing their assets, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.  “The expansive reach of Decree 63 shows how threatened the Syrian government feels by the mere expression of humanitarian activism and dissent,” said Lama Fakih, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Syria should stop using the counterterrorism law in arbitrary ways that…
Germany strongly condemned the Assad regime and its allies’ targeting of civilians, hospitals and medical workers in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria, stressing the need to stop military attacks on Idlib and its surroundings. In a statement on Friday, the German Foreign Ministry said that the aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and its allies which have been ongoing since late April targeted German-funded medical facilities and killed many…
A new team established by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions in Syria will investigate nine attacks that took place in over the past several years, including in the town of Douma. The new team will focus on sites of chemical attacks where culprits have not yet been identified by the United Nations-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM). The…
At least seven children are confirmed to have been killed in an attack on the village of Mhambel in northwest Syria on Friday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said. It has been reported that most of those who lost their lives were internally displaced, having already been forced from their communities by previous waves of fighting. “This latest outrage adds to the mounting child casualties caused by intensifying violence over…
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