Population of hard-to-reach Syrians hits 5 million

2016-06-23 22:32

About five million Syrians now live in besieged or difficult-to-reach areas, nearly a million more than previously estimated, says UN emergency relief co-ordinator Stephan O'Brien.

More than 700 doctors killed in Syria war: UN

2016-06-21 19:39

Attacks on hospitals since Syria's war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, UN investigators say.

Russia slams US diplomats' calls to strike Syria's Assad

2016-06-18 07:19

Russia has condemned a US diplomatic cable calling for military strikes against the Syrian government, as Washington again accused Moscow of bombing US-backed rebels in the war-torn country.

Truce takes hold in Syria's battered Aleppo

2016-06-16 21:15

A 48-hour truce has started in Syria's war-torn Aleppo as key regime backer Russia blamed the US for the lack of progress in peace talks.

These super-rich Syrians are waiting to return if war ever ends

2016-06-14 07:34

With close to $200bn estimated to restore Syria's economy to its prewar size, the rewards could be huge, though so could the potential losses.

Syria approves aid convoys to all 19 besieged areas - UN

2016-06-09 18:04

Syria has given approval for humanitarian convoys to reach all of the country's 19 besieged areas by the end of this month, the UN said but warned that "approval... does not mean delivery".

At least 15 civilians dead in raids on Syria's Aleppo

2016-06-08 16:57

Syrian government air strikes on rebel-held neighbourhoods of divided second city Aleppo have killed at least 15 civilians, a monitor says.

Man gets 108 years for sexual abuse of refugee children

2016-06-04 14:29

A court in Turkey has sentenced a Turkish man to 108 years in jail for sexually assaulting at least eight Syrian children at a flagship refugee camp.

Syria approves aid to 12 besieged areas: UN

2016-06-03 20:26

Syria has agreed to allow access for ground convoys to deliver aid to 12 besieged areas during the month of June, the UN says.

Syrian government must OK aid deliveries - UN

2016-06-03 16:56

UN officials have all but rejected a call by a group of world powers for the United Nations to act unilaterally to air drop food to besieged Syrians.


UN laments shelling as aid reaches Syrian towns

2016-06-21 21:04

President Bashar Assad's government has allowed more humanitarian aid to reach besieged cities and towns around Syria, only to bombard those same areas before and after the convoys arrived, the UN says.

Turkish guards fire on fleeing Syrians: Report

2016-06-19 14:44

Eight displaced Syrians, including four children, have been killed by Turkish border guards while trying to flee their war-torn country, a report says.

US should bomb Assad - dissident diplomat cable

2016-06-17 22:00

Dozens of US diplomats think America should launch military strikes against the Syrian government, according to a State Department document, breaking ranks with President Barack Obama's policy on the bloody civil war.

Kerry tells Russia US patience on Syria 'very limited'

2016-06-15 17:33

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Russia and Syrian President Bashar Assad to respect a fragile ceasefire, warning that Washington's patience was running out.

First aid in years reaches Daraya

2016-06-10 15:41

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent says it has delivered aid to Daraya for the first time since Damascus came under siege.

Germany: Number of Syrians could double

2016-06-08 20:58

German officials say the country's migration agency has calculated that each Syrian who has arrived in the country could eventually be joined by one more Syrians on average under rules allowing family reunification.

Humanitarian air drops - a complex, risky task

2016-06-05 21:23

The UN is set to ask the Syrian government to allow airdrops of humanitarian aid - an operation that military experts say is complex, risky and not always that effective.

Gay Syrian asks EU court to block deportation

2016-06-04 13:19

A gay Syrian man who fled Turkey after ISIS "emissaries" visited him and demanded he return to his homeland, is challenging his deportation from Greece, a rights group says.

UN to ask Syria's OK for aid drops - diplomats

2016-06-03 19:00

The UN is set to present a formal request to the Syrian government to approve airdrops of humanitarian aid to besieged areas where civilians are at risk of starvation, diplomats say.

31 killed in Syria strikes in and near Aleppo

2016-06-03 15:19

31 people have been killed in bombing raids in and around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, which included 10 who died when their bus wss hit.

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