Syria

  • February 18, 2016

    As United Nations relief wing convoys reached five besieged towns in Syria with aid yesterday (17 February), the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the country announced that a task force will meet for a second time  to discuss humanitarian access issues.

  • February 16, 2016

    Attacks on at least two medical facilities in Syria yesterday (15 February) are just the latest of scores of apparently deliberate attacks on hospitals, clinics and medical personnel being committed in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, says Amnesty International .

  • February 10, 2016

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday (9 February) that it has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in Aleppo.

  • February 8, 2016

    Christian Aid has welcomed the commitments that were made last week by the UK, Germany, France and others to increase humanitarian support for Syrians and the region.  However the charity added that real relief will only happen when the bombs stop.

  • February 4, 2016

    Just two days after declaring the official start of delayed intra-Syrian talks in Geneva to end five years of bloody warfare, the UN mediator has suspended them for three weeks following differences between Government and opposition delegations on the priority of humanitarian issues.

  • February 4, 2016

    Four major UK Churches have called on governments to provide substantial new funding to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria including refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

  • January 13, 2016

    United Nations officials have given on-site accounts of the “horrible and terrible” situation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya.

  • January 12, 2016

    A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.

  • December 28, 2015

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, his spokesperson has announced .

  • December 18, 2015

    The Defence Secretary has released figures on the number of UK personnel ‘embedded’ with the armed forces of other nations. The publication is in response to concerns raised in July after it emerged that British pilots had already been bombing Syria while flying US jets