syria

Deaths of children in northeast Syria ‘could have been averted’: UNICEF

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed “deep alarm” over reports that eight children – all under the age of five – have died in Syria’s Al Hol camp, where several thousand children are languishing in dire conditions.

‘Heed the calls’ for ceasefire in north-western Syria – UN

The United Nations expressed concern on Tuesday for the safety and protection of more than four million civilians in north-western Syria, which has been hit with aerial bombardments over the past few days.

Security Council: Poverty deepens, along with need, across Syria

Humanitarian operations across war-shattered Syria are reaching 6.8 million people a month, but a worsening economic crisis is deepening poverty and pushing more and more Syrians into humanitarian need, the Security Council heard Wednesday.

Security Council stalemate frustrates families of Syria’s missing detainees

Families of the more than 130,000 people believed to be detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria, are deeply frustrated by the Security Council’s failure to unite and make progress on the issue, the 15-member organ was told on Thursday.

News in Brief 17 July 2020

  • $10.3 billion UN appeal to stave off starvation
  • Rights expert welcomes UK court decision on 'ISIL teenager'
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UN independent expert welcomes UK court decision to allow Shamima Begum to fight for citizenship 

Radicalized on British soil as a London schoolgirl, an independent UN expert welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling in the United Kingdom on Thursday, to allow 20-year-old Shamima Begum to return home from Syria to challenge the Government’s removal of her citizenship.

BREAKING: Security Council extends for one year, lifesaving cross-border aid to Syria 

On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria. 

News in Brief 7 July 2020

  • New evidence of likely war crimes in Syria
  • DR Congo villagers flee violence to Uganda
  • Expert concerned over 'greatly exaggerated' poverty eradication figures
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Syria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end ‘shocking’ scale of suffering 

The UN chief called on the world to step up “financial, humanitarian and political commitments”, to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.

Extend cross border 'lifeline' into Syria, Lowcock urges Security Council

With COVID-19 cases in Syria multiplying, its economy in freefall, and some households cooking weeds to eat in order to survive, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator is pressing the Security Council to extend its authorization for cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey.