Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has recruited Afghan immigrant children living in Iran to fight alongside the Assad regime forces in Syria, Human Rights Watch said. In a report published on Sunday, the watchdog group said that Afghan children as young as 14 have fought in the Fatemiyoun division, an exclusively Afghan armed group supported by Iran that fights alongside the Assad regime forces in the Syrian conflict. “Iran…
The UN Human Rights Council condemned the continued widespread and gross violations of human rights and all violations of international humanitarian law by the Assad regime forces and their allied militias. In a resolution adopted at the conclusion of its 36th session in Geneva on Friday, the Council called on regime forces and their allies to stop “indiscriminate attacks against the civilian population and civilian facilities, including against medical facilities,…
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the only lasting solution in Syria is “through a political transition, one that does not allow Iranian influence to replace ISIS or Assad in power.” Speaking to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian and political situation in Syria on Wednesday, Haley reaffirmed the United States is committed to finding a solution in Syria. “We must increase humanitarian access to…
An escalation in the targeted bombing of medical facilities since September 19 has forced the closure and evacuation of hospitals throughout northwestern Syria, leaving people trapped in a war zone without access to health care, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said. In a statement released on Thursday, the international medical humanitarian organization said that the ongoing aerial attacks put at least three hospitals in Idlib and one more hospital…
The United Nations humanitarian adviser on Syria, Jan Egeland, stressed the urgent need for “a workable and respected system of notification” to prevent the targeting of humanitarian facilities in Syria. He denounced air raids on five hospitals and two humanitarian warehouses in Idlib province. Speaking at a news conference in Geneva on Thursday, Egeland said that the facilities that were targeted by the airstrikes over the last week used to…
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