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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...

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ (OPCW) Executive Council (EC) adopted by vote a decision that expresses grave concern about and condemns in the strongest possible terms the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, calls on all parties identified in the OPCW-United Nations (UN) Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) reports as responsible for chemical weapons use to desist immediately and authorises additional inspections at selected sites and facilities of...

Civilians in regime-besieged neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo have faced severe bread shortages since Saturday, according to a local civil defense official.

"Only three bakeries are still functioning to meet the needs of thousands of city residents," Najib al-Ansari, a pro-opposition civil defense official based in Aleppo, told Anadolu Agency.

"The bakeries don’t have the capacity to meet the demand for bread in eastern Aleppo," he said. "Few local residents are able to benefit...

Up to 20,000 people have fled eastern Aleppo over the past 72 hours as Syrian government forces continued to advance in the rebel-held part of the city, according to the Red Cross.

Terrified civilians have fled empty-handed into remaining rebel-held territory, or crossed into government-controlled western Aleppo or Kurdish-held districts.

The 20,000 figure is an estimate and could increase as "people are fleeing in different directions", International Committee of the Red Cross...

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said rebel-held parts of Aleppo had received no aid since the beginning of July, and food was becoming scarce.

Supplies provided by the World Food Programme ran out on 13 November and aid from other agencies is dwindling, "effectively leaving eastern Aleppo city without food," he said.

The UN said it is "extremely concerned" about the estimated 275,000 civilians trapped in "horrific conditions".

"We urge all parties to the conflict to put an...

A Children's hospital was hit and 21 people killed in intensified airstrikes Wednesday on the divided Syrian city of Aleppo, according to medical workers and a monitoring group.

The dead included five children and a volunteer medic, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Russia - an ally of the Syrian regime- denied it was involved in the Aleppo raids, which resumed on Tuesday after a three-week pause.

Damascus on Tuesday announced that it was launching a major...

last remaining food rations are currently being handed out in Syria's rebel-held eastern Aleppo and there will be nothing left to distribute next week without a resupply, the UN said Thursday.

United Nations aid convoys have not reached the besieged eastern part of Aleppo since July, when regime forces cut off the last supply route.

"The reports we have now from within East Aleppo is that the last food rations are being distributed as we speak," the head of a UN-backed...

Israeli forces destroyed a home in the town of Majdal Shams – the first such demolition in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights for more than 30 years, according to the Al-Marsad human rights group based in the territory.

In an appeal to the European Union, Al-Marsad states that the Syrian owners of dozens of homes have been notified that their houses are due to be demolished on the pretext that they were built without permits.

“As a result of the severe restrictions imposed by...

UN chief Ban Ki-moon says Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad's "failure of leadership" has caused the deaths of over 300,000 people, according to an interview released Monday.

Asked by the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle if he considered Assad a mass murderer, Ban said that question was for other institutions to answer.

He added, though: "It's true that because of his failure of leadership so many people have died, more than 300,000 people have been killed."

Ban also...

In yet another refugee boat disaster, at least 43 people drowned when a boat carrying around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast on Wednesday.

The boat carrying the refugees to Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Burg Rashid, a village in the northern Beheira province.

Among the 31 bodies found so far, 20 were men, 10 were women and one was a child, local officials said.

"Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than...

The PYD, the Syrian wing of the PKK terrorist group, has abducted ten elderly people near the city of Afrin in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province, according to local sources.

The sources said the abductees had been taken to unknown locations after their sons had fled their homes to avoid forced recruitment by the terrorist group.

According to the same sources, the abductees -- whose ages reportedly range between 60 and 75 -- all hail from the villages of Aster and Juwayq on...

An international aid convoy has been hit by an air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo according to the Syrian Red Crescent.

At least 18 of the 31 vehicles were struck as they were delivering assistance for 78,000 people in a rebel-held area.

One report said at least 12 people were killed, most of them drivers.

Aid deliveries to besieged areas were a key part of the cessation of hostilities deal brokered by the US and Russia seven days ago.

However earlier the...

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has registered almost 300,000 deaths since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011 with the real number of casualties likely to be much higher.

"The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has documented death of nearly 300,000 persons since 18/03/2011, which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa, until 12/01/2014," the organization said on its website Tuesday, adding that the real number is likely to be about 80,000 more...

The besieged Syrian town of Madaya has seen a "worrying increase" in child suicide attempts as the long war takes its toll, a rights group warned.

At least six children and teens -- the youngest a 12-year-old girl -- and seven young adults have attempted suicide in the past two months, Save the Children said in a statement.

There were almost no cases before the siege started, according to the nongovernmental organization.

"The children are psychologically crushed and...