Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that “satellite imagery shows that entire towns and villages have been razed to the ground” in northwestern Syria. In briefing to the UN Security Council on Thursday, Lowcock said that “the people of Idleb are reached exclusively through the cross-border operation.” “There can be no reason, rationale, excuse or justification for the destruction of civilian areas on the scale seen in Idleb…
Almost 2,500 Syrian refugees have been "forcibly deported" from Lebanon to their war-torn country over the past three months, a rights group has said, urging authorities to "immediately" halt the expulsions. In a statement on Tuesday, Amnesty International cited data from Lebanon's General Security agency and the Lebanese government which said that about 2,447 Syrians had been expelled between mid-May and August 9. “On 13 May 2019, the General Security…
The United States has renewed its warning to individuals and businesses against taking part in an annual trade fair in Damascus opening Wednesday, saying participants would expose themselves to the possibility of US sanctions. In a statement posted on social media on Tuesday, the US Embassy in Syria said it had received reports that some regional businessmen or chambers of commerce plan to participate in the Damascus fair. “We reiterate…
The United Nations has called on all parties to the conflict de-escalate the situation in Idlib province which has been subjected to relentless onslaught by the Assad regime and Russian forces. It called for recommitment to the ceasefire after the Assad regime and Russian assault escalated in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria. “The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to de-escalate the situation in the north-west part…
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed that her country will not contribute to the rebuilding efforts in Syria unless a political solution is reached through the UN-led political process and the implementation of UN resolution 2254. Speaking at the G7 summit in the French resort city of Biarritz on Monday, Merkel linked Syria's reconstruction to progress in the political process. She noted that it would not be possible to think of…
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