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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...

The Syrian Ministry of Tourism has released a bizarre promo video bragging about the beauty of the country showing happy, relaxed people having fun at the seaside. While the country undoubtedly boasts much natural beauty, the ongoing battle between government forces, opposition groups and DAESH has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 470,000 people, with the official number of displaced people calculated to be at least 4.8 million.
Earlier this year Tartus was bombarded by a series...

YPG/PYD armed group that controls territory in northern Syria, despite some progress, is still not meeting its commitment to demobilize child soldiers and to stop using boys and girls under 18 in combat, Human Rights Watch said. In 2015 July, Human Rights Watch documented cases over the past year of children under 18 joining and fighting with the YPG and the YPJ, its female branch. Some children under 18 with those forces, based on public sources, apparently died in combat in June 2015....

A report released on the International Day of the Disappeared suggests that more than 74,000 people disappeared at the hands of warring parties in Syria since March 2011, with their fates unknown to their families and relatives.

The Syrian Network of Human Rights (SNHR) report said out of the total 74,607 people, 71,533 'disappeared' in prisons and detentions centers belonging to the Syrian regime. Leaving 7,319 fighters from different groups aside, 64,214 were civilians including 4,...

US-backed YPG/PYD forces have forcefully displaced thousands of Syrian civilians, mostly Arabs, and demolished villages in northern Syria, often in retaliation for the residents’ perceived sympathies for Islamic State and other militants, London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International has said. A fact-finding mission to northern Syria has uncovered a wave of forced displacement and home demolitions amounting to war crimes carried out by the Autonomous Administration led by the...

Nearly 18,000 people have died in government prisons in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in 2011, according to Amnesty International.
A new report by the charity, based on interviews with 65 "torture survivors", details systematic use of rape and beatings by prison guards.
Former detainees described so-called welcome parties - ritual beatings using metal bars and electric cables.
The Syrian government has repeatedly denied such allegations.
The report...

Syrian opposition activists have released haunting footage showing a young boy rescued from the rubble in the aftermath of a devastating airstrike in Aleppo.
The image of the stunned and weary looking boy, sitting in an orange chair inside an ambulance covered in dust and with blood on his face, encapsulate the horrors inflicted on the northern city and is being widely shared on social media.
The boy is identified by doctors in Aleppo as 5-year-old Omran. They say he was treated...

Jordan suspended almost all aid to the 70,000 people, mostly children and women, on June 21, 2016. The action followed an attack by the extremist armed group Islamic State, also known as ISIS, on a nearby border post that killed seven Jordanian soldiers and wounded 13. Since the attack, the United Nation’s World Food Program, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have reported that Jordan has stopped all food and medical aid deliveries, and almost...

Marie Colvin, a veteran correspondent who was killed in Syria last week, died trying to get her shoes so she could escape a shelling attack, her paper reported Sunday. As is the custom in Syria, she took off her shoes upon entering a building that was serving as a makeshift press center. She was on the ground floor when rockets hit the upper floors, The Sunday Times reported. Thinking then that the building was a target, Colvin rushed to retrieve her shoes in the hall. A rocket landed just a...