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Syrian crisis

5 things you should know about US-led 'one-time' strikes on Syria

Multiple targets in Syria were bombarded by the US, UK, and France in retaliation to what they said was an Assad-orchestrated chemical attack near Damascus. Here are the main facts about the intervention.
 
Washington approved "precision strikes" against Syria early on Saturday, alongside British and French forces that also took part in the bombing. Shortly after US President Donald Trump announced the bombardment, reports began surfacing of explosions in Damascus.
 
 

Terrorist capabilities laid bare in an Eastern Ghouta chemical lab

The battle of narratives over the use of chemical weapons in Syria has been raging ferociously for years. But a chemical lab discovered in Eastern Ghouta this week is set to change the parameters of the discourse.
 
 

Ottoman-era mosques under Islamic State threat in Syria

Source : AA / 21 Aug 2014

The self-styled Islamic State militant group in Syria changed the names of two Ottoman-era mosques and banned people from visiting the tombs inside them, a religion official said Tuesday.

 

‘More than 6 million’ Syrian children need aid

Source : AFP / 05 Jul 2014

More than six million children affected by the Syria conflict desperately need humanitarian aid, the U.N.'s children's agency said Friday, with the number in need rising by a third in a year.

 

Syria's economic losses reach almost $144 billion

Source : MiddleEastMonitor / 02 June 2014

A UN sponsored study reveals that Syria's economic losses since 2011 reached around $144 billion at the end of 2013.

Reuters news agency reported that: "The study, conducted by the Damascus based-Syrian Centre for Policy Research and commissioned by the United Nations and International Monetary Fund estimates of a 40 per cent contraction in GDP since the start the conflict in 2011." Losses are estimated at $143.8 billion, almost triple the Syrian GDP in 2010.

 

'Nearly 15,000 children killed' in Syria civil war

Source : AA / 18 Apr 2014

A total of 14,629 children were killed in Syrian regime attacks against opposition forces since March 2011, according to a London-based rights group.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said Thursday 2.1 million Syrian children suffer lack of food and health issues, while 1.1 million children live as refugees in neighboring countries.

 

Mass Polio Vaccine Campaign Starts in Iraq, Syria, Egypt

Source : UNICEF / 09 Apr 2014

Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.

For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad.

 

Amid war, world record set in Damascus

Source : AFP / 02 Apr 2014

A group of Syrian artists in Damascus has created the world’s biggest mural made of recycled materials, a rare work aimed at brightening public space in a city sapped by war and sanctions.

The brightly colored, 720-sq meter work was constructed from aluminum cans, broken mirrors, bicycle wheels and other scrap objects and displayed on a street outside a primary school in the center of the Syrian capital.

 

Over 9mn displaced by Syria crisis: UNHCR

Source : Presstv / 15 Mar 2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Antonio Guterres says the “unconscionable” turmoil plaguing Syria has forced over nine million people from their homes.

“It is unconscionable that a humanitarian catastrophe of this scale is unfolding before our eyes with no meaningful progress to stop the bloodshed,” said the UN refugee chief in a statement on Friday.

 

The destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage must stop: UN

Source : UN.org / 14 Mar 2014

As the people of Syria continue to endure incalculable human suffering and loss, their country’s rich tapestry of cultural heritage is being ripped to shreds.

World Heritage sites have suffered considerable and sometimes irreversible damage. Four of them are being used for military purposes or have been transformed into battlefields: Palmyra; the Crac des Chevaliers; the Saint Simeon Church in the Ancient villages of Northern Syria; and Aleppo, including the Aleppo Citadel.

 
 

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