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Syria's grand mufti has sided with India over the Myanmar Rohingya crisis in a TV interview last week. In an attempt to justify attempts to deport up to 40,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees, the Indian government told the country’s top court last week that the Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a "serious security threat," linking the Rohingya people to militant groups. Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the highest Islamic authority in Syria, claimed in an interview with the Indian World is One...

Seven civil defense volunteers were shot dead in north-eastern Syria on Saturday, according to a Syrian paramedic group. A spokesman for the Syrian Civil Defense group said gunmen stormed their camp in the town of Sarmin in Idlib province. "The attackers stole two ambulances, helmets and communication devices," Hossam Halaq told Anadolu Agency. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Popularly known as White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defense group is active in...

"Incontrovertible" test results show sarin gas or a similar substance was used in the chemical weapons attack in Syria earlier this month, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says. Samples from 10 victims had been analysed at four laboratories, OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu said. The attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun killed at least 87 people. The Syrian military denied using any chemical agents. Its ally Russia meanwhile said an air strike hit a rebel depot full of...

As many as two million children in Syria are out of school as a result of the six-year-long civil war in the country, a report released by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.

The Syrian conflict began in 2011 after a crackdown on anti-government and pro-democracy protests.

The war has claimed over 400,000 lives and triggered world’s one of the worst humanitarian crisis in recent history.

The UNICEF report assesses the impact the Syrian war has had on the...

The Syrian regime and its Russian allies targeted the Idlib and Hama provinces with incendiary bombs days after a deadly chemical attack in the area, activists reported on Monday.
Russian warplanes dropped bombs containing an incendiary substance called thermite in attacks on the towns of Saraqeb in Idlib and al-Latamenah in Hama over the weekend, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters. A rescue worker with the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, said...

On March 25, an orthopedic surgeon named Ali Darwish was operating on a patient in a suburb of Hama, Syria, when two barrel bombs were dropped at the entrance of the underground hospital where he was working. Soon, a strong smell of chlorine spread throughout the hospital. The underground rooms, built to protect patients and medical personnel from aerial attacks, became de facto gas chambers.

As patients and staff workers fled, Dr. Darwish refused to leave his patient on the operating...

At least 55 people were killed when a regime warplane carried out a chlorine gas attack in Syria’s north-western Idlib province on Tuesday, according to a local civil defense official. “There were many children among the dead,” Enes Berakat told Anadolu Agency.

He said more than 215 were injured in the attack, which targeted Khan Shaykun town in Idlib.

Tuesday’s attack came one day after a regime aircraft carried out a similar chlorine gas attack on Al-Habit town in Idlib,...

A hospital in Hama countryside was declared out of service after Assad warplanes’ attack on Saturday.

Al-Latamneh Surgical Hospital, in al-Latamenh town northwest of Hama, was directly targeted by an Assad helicopter which dropped a chlorine-laden barrel-bomb, Orient News correspondent Firas Karam reported.

The barrel bomb fell at the entrance of the hospital, leading to the immediate death of one of the injured, who was in the emergency room, he added.

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A Spanish court is to investigate allegations that nine members of the Syrian regime committed “state terrorism” by kidnapping, torturing and murdering a truck driver who disappeared in Damascus four years ago.

The landmark case – the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court – has been brought on behalf of the victim’s sister, a Spanish citizen who lives in Madrid.

Lawyers acting for the woman, known as Mrs AH,...

“I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.”

Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after spending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.

Conditions in the Syrian regime’s detention centres are hellish. Detainees describe being held in overcrowded cells,...

Syrian children show symptoms of "toxic stress" and are attempting self-harm and suicide in response to prolonged exposure to war, according to a report released Tuesday.

Children do not feel safe at school and are developing speech disorders and incontinence, and some are even losing the capacity to speak, it said.

The report from Save the Children comes as the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war approaches and it calls on all sides to prioritize mental health issues before...

At least 876 civilians were killed last month in war-torn Syria, mostly by the Assad regime and its allies, according to a U.K.-based NGO. According to a new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, 471 people -- including 79 children and 55 women -- were killed in February attacks by regime forces, allied terrorist groups and Russian aircraft in different parts of the country. Eighteen others were tortured to death by regime forces, the NGO claimed. It went on to allege that some 180...

A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo in December, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria’s largest city.

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria unveiled a report looking at violations by all parties in last year’s battle for Aleppo. It singled out a “particularly egregious attack” in which Syrian warplanes targeted a humanitarian aid convoy.

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Chief Negotiator of the Syrian Opposition Riyad Hijab wrote in an open letter to Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, that the Assad regime and its supporters have violated the truce 399 times since it took effect on December 30, killing at least 271 people.

Hijab called for the UN and its member states to intervene in the worsening situation, particularly in Barada Valley in Damascus, where violations of the truce have caused a new humanitarian crisis, and to...

Anas Jibran looks protectively over at his daughter learning how to walk again. He remembers the exact date the five-year-old lost her limb. Reem Anas walks assisted by crutches and a nurse to get used to her new left leg.

Reem Anas and her father are from Termanin, in the Idlib province of Syria.

“On January 25, 2016, there was a Russian airstrike on my village. It was four o’clock in the evening, I had stepped out for 15 minutes,” Jibran says. “When I came back I found the...