March 12, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a “lost generation” of millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report released Tuesday. Children may be the major victims of the almost two-year conflict, says the United Nation's Children's Fund, which provides aid to Syrians both inside and outside the country. Children represent about half of the more than 1 million refugees who have fled Syria. Inside the country, the young have been killed, injured, left orphaned and traumatized.
January 30, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- Amid dire warnings that funds are running low to care for victims of the Syrian conflict, the United Nations said Wednesday that donors had pledged about $1.5 billion to help war-battered Syrians, exceeding the U.N.'s target appeal. “The situation in Syria is catastrophic and getting worse by the day,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a major donor conference in Kuwait. The cash is meant to assist Syrian civilians during the next six months, but officials say much of it could be used up before then if the humanitarian scenario in the country continues to decline.
March 22, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan - Standing less than 100 miles from the Syrian border, President Obama on Friday defended his administration's reluctance to use U.S. military force to quell the civil war in that country, saying experience has shown that slow coalition-building and outside pressure will yield better results. “When we are working with the Syrians themselves, so this is not externally imposed but rather something that is linked directly with the aspirations and hopes of the people inside of Syria, it will work better,” Obama said during a visit to neighboring Jordan.
July 8, 2011 |
Tens of thousands of Syrians demanding the downfall of the nation's autocratic regime poured into the streets of the central city of Hama on Friday in a powerful rebuttal to both President Bashar Assad's much-doubted entreaties to dialogue and his use of extreme force to suppress a popular revolt against his rule. Video footage posted to the Internet showed crowds as far as the eye could see in the city infamous for a brutal 1982 crackdown by Assad's father and predecessor, Hafez Assad, against an Islamist revolt.
September 25, 2013 |
Nearly a dozen of the largest Syrian rebel groups, including one linked to Al Qaeda, have formed an Islamic alliance that could serve as the basis for a future political bloc and have denounced the Western-backed Syrian National Coalition. The bloc explicitly called for sharia , or Islamic law, to be the sole source of legislation in Syria, which for decades has been governed with iron-fisted secularism by President Bashar Assad and his late father, Hafez. The announcement makes public what many of the opposition militias have said in the past.
August 19, 2010 |
A survey of Syrians, conducted in secret because of government prohibitions, shows strong dissatisfaction with prevailing political and economic conditions. Though that may not be a surprise, the fact that any kind of opinion poll could be conducted in Syria, was certainly an eye-opener, the study's authors say. "The most surprising result had nothing to do with survey findings, but rather the fact that you could get this data collected. People really wanted to talk," said lead author, Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University.
September 12, 2013 |
The world learned of the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attacks in Syria from cellphone videos on YouTube, and coordinated use of social media would likewise help inspectors find, transport and disarm the Damascus government's remaining poison gas stores, nonproliferation experts suggested Thursday. Seven scholars at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey have compiled a list of useful contributions that Syrian citizens can make in the proposed containment effort by sharing cellphone pictures, tweets about potential hazards and 3D modeling of suspected storage sites.
August 17, 2012 |
BEIRUT - In the last few days, thousands of Syrians have poured across the borders of neighboring countries, fleeing increasing violence in their homeland but creating tension elsewhere. More than 170,000 Syrians have sought sanctuary in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq - at least 12,000 of them just in the last three days - leading to a growing humanitarian crisis, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday. At least 168 people were killed across the country Friday, activists said, many of them in the cities of Aleppo, Damascus and Dara, as the regime of President Bashar Assad uses attack helicopters and warplanes with greater frequency in its assaults on towns and cities.
September 3, 2013 |
BEIRUT -- As the United States debates whether to strike at Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday that the number of Syrians who have fled their homeland has exceeded 2 million -- a figure rising daily as the conflict in that country continues to rage. The U.N. and refugee agencies highlighted the gloomy milestone in a bid to to spur international support and fund-raising for relief efforts. At this crucial moment, the U.N. said, humanitarian agencies have less than half of the funds required to meet basic refugee needs.
October 1, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- Syrian President Bashar Assad has the right to decide whether to participate in elections next year, Information Minister Omran Zoubi told reporters in Damascus on Tuesday, insisting that Syrians want him to remain in office. "The people demand this," he said, adding that the ballot box will show their support for him rather than for "the opposition, the Americans, the traitors and the spies. " His words matched statements by other government officials. Assad said in an interview with Italy's Rai 24 network that he would take his cue from the people on whether he will run, and Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, speaking with Sky News Arabia on Saturday, dismissed any talk of Assad's resignation.