(Press Association) – The Syrian regime is “weaponising” children’s health care during one of the worst crises in modern history, a front line doctor has said. Dr Annie Sparrow said victims had been deliberately deprived of help. She is a paediatrician who specialises in emergency care in conflict zones and visited Syria recently. She gave evidence […]

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(ICRC) – It is well known that armed non-State actors (ANSAs) often pose a threat to education. This includes attacks against educational facilities and staff, as well as military use of schools. ANSAs—along with States—have, for instance, been found responsible for the military use of schools in 21 out of 26 countries (p. 33). There is, however, little […]

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(AFP) – Air strikes killed at least 23 civilians including 10 children in a village held by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. “We don’t know for the moment if the US-led international coalition or Iraqi forces carried out the strike” on the village of Al-Qasr […]

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(BBC) – “Maybe if we die we’ll be able to play” – it’s a sentiment echoed by many children caught up in the war in Syria, says Dr Mohammad Khalid Hamza. His team of doctors and psychologists from the Syrian American Medical Society (Sams) have been working with children affected by the seven-year conflict. They and other […]

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(Al Jazeera) – As the buses with people who were forced from their homes left parts of Eastern Ghouta, government forces and allied militia moved in after five years of siege and bombings. Pro-Assad government television crews rushed in to show how the enclave had been run by rebel fighters, who they call “terrorists”. Relentless bombardment had forced […]

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(SAMS) –  Yesterday, April 15, 2018, SAMS-supported Al-Mara’a Hospital in Idlib was subjected to unlawful attacks carried out by armed factions that lasted more than seven hours. Heavy armed clashes started in the vicinity of the hospital and soon moved inside the building, instilling fear and panic in medical staff and their patients, and causing material […]

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(HRW) – International efforts to deter chemical attacks in Syria in the year since the devastating sarin attack on Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017, have been ineffective, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has collated and analyzed evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria between August 21, 2013, the day of the deadliest chemical weapon […]

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(Al Jazeera) – Syrian government forces carried out 214 chemical attacks since 2011, according to a Syrian watchdog. In a statement on Wednesday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said these attacks have claimed the lives of at least 1,421 people. A total of 187 children and 244 women were among the victims, the NGO said. Link

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(SAMS) – On March 12, 2018, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), along with 11 other humanitarian organizations working inside Syria, shared the coordinates of 60 health facilities in Syria with UN OCHA. As part of the process, OCHA then shared the coordinates with the parties involved in the Syrian conflict. After more than seven years […]

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