The news of the exhumation of the body of a Syrian child from a cemetery in a Lebanese village on the pretext that the cemetery is intended for the Lebanese only provoked outrage on social media and in the Lebanese street. In response to this “racist act,” Syrian refugees were offered a piece of land to be used as cemetery in the town of Assoun in northern Lebanon. Professor Khaled…
The UN Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on a draft resolution by Kuwait, Germany, and Belgium calling for a truce in Idlib province, allowing humanitarian access and medical evacuations, and urging against the besiegement of residential areas. Kuwait on Wednesday called on the international community to do everything in its power to allow the unimpeded delivery of aid into Syria, given the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding there. The…
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, said that the escalation of fighting in Idlib have left around half a million civilians with no choice but to flee. Speaking on Syria at a UN Human Rights Council session on Tuesday, Pinheiro said that many of the IDPs are “compelled to live under completely inadequate conditions, forced to sleep in the open,…
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said that the Assad regime forces backed by Russian warplanes may have committed war crimes in a report issued on Wednesday. According to the report which was presented at the UN General Assembly meeting, the Assad regime and Russian forces targeted medical facilities, schools, markets and farmland in an ongoing deadly campaign in northwestern Syria, resulting in civilian casualties. The report indicated that…
Syria will poison the region for years to come if Assad survives in power, the Economist said in an editorial published on Thursday under the title ‘Assad’s hollow victory.’ The article highlighted the “legacy of Assad’s ruthlessness,” citing his release of hundreds of jihadists from prison in 2011 with the hope they would taint the once-peaceful uprising which involved the various segments of the Syrian society. “Now the regime is…
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