(OCHA) – On 14 February, after 78 days without any access to East Ghouta, an inter-agency convoy of the UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered life-saving food, nutrition and health assistance to 7,200 people in Nashabieh. Whilst this development is welcome, it is absolutely insufficient. The people reached represent 2.6 per cent of […]

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(HRW) – Homemade landmines have killed and injured hundreds of civilians, including more than 150 children, in Raqqa, Syria since the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) was pushed out of the city in October 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. ISIS had planted the antipersonnel mines when it controlled the city. They include devices often called […]

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(MSF) – Since December, the fighting and airstrikes in the north of Syria have intensified. This has resulted in one of the biggest population displacements seen since the beginning of the conflict. This violence, concentrated in the south of Idlib and Aleppo governorates and the north of Hama governorate, is further worsening conditions for people already severely traumatised […]

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(CBC/Radio-Canada) – Dr. Amjad Rass says the Al Maghara Cave Hospital was the “safest place” in all of Syria — and now it’s been destroyed in an airstrike. Located in Kafr Zita, Hama province, the hospital was built under 18 metres of solid rock in an underground cave. Designed to withstand attacks in the war-torn country, it managed to keep operating through four separate […]

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(OCHA) – I am appalled by the ongoing attacks on hospitals and other medical facilities in northwestern Syria, depriving hundreds of thousands of people of their basic right to health. On the morning of 29 January, the Owdai Hospital in Saraqab City in Idleb Governorate was damaged by two airstrikes, which destroyed part of the hospital […]

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(UNICEF) – UNICEF appealed today for $3.6 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to 48 million children living through conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies in 51 countries in 2018.  Around the world, violent conflict is driving humanitarian needs to critical levels, with children especially vulnerable. Conflicts that have endured for years – such as those […]

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(MSF) – At around 10:20 am on 29 January, Owdai hospital (also known as Al Ihsan hospital) in Saraqab City in Idlib Governorate was damaged by two airstrikes, which destroyed part of the hospital building according to the hospital manager, who contacted Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Other medical staff said a first strike hit the hospital […]

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(Syria Direct) – As Syrian government forces wreaked a devastating five-year siege and fired air strikes and artillery shells on Rateb Abu Yasser’s hometown northeast of Damascus, the 32-year-old nevertheless found time for his friends. “We’d get together at night and play cards,” he recalls. Abu Yasser’s group of nine friends, men in their 20s and […]

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