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Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

Aid Groups Suspend Cooperation With UN In Syria Because Of Assad ‘Influence’

  More than 70 aid groups have suspended cooperation with the UN in Syria and have demanded an immediate and transparent investigation into its operations in the country because of concerns the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, has gained “significant and substantial” influence over the relief effort. The coalition, which includes some of Syria’s most widely […]

Syrian Maternity Hospital Bombed

Syrian Maternity Hospital Bombed

A maternity hospital in Syria has been bombed in a shameful and illegal act that sent babies crashing to the floor in their incubators, Save the Children says. Two people were killed when a bomb struck the entrance of the hospital, in the northwestern city of Idlib, the organization said. A woman who was six […]

Dozens Have Starved To Death In Besieged Madaya, Say NGOs

Dozens Have Starved To Death In Besieged Madaya, Say NGOs

About 86 people have died in a year-long government siege of the Syrian town of Madaya, including 65 from starvation and malnutrition, two non-governmental organisations said. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said the Syrian government’s “stranglehold” on the town since July 2015 was responsible for the deaths. Madaya […]

Syrian Refugees Find a Welcome And Some Familiar Fragility in Mali

Syrian Refugees Find a Welcome And Some Familiar Fragility in Mali

Fearful of the Mediterranean crossing and confused by reports of a European refugee lockdown, Syrians are seeking the precarious safety of Mali – which is itself on humanitarian life support and faces severe security challenges. “Even this is better than aerial bombardments,” says former Idlib taxi driver Abdulhamid Daher, 57. He sits behind the national […]

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

Outlook for Syria peace talks still ‘cloudy’: U.N.

The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a “cessation of hostilities”, a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still “cloudy”. De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, […]

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