Biden extends Syrians’ protected status in the United States

Despite a tough stance on migration Donald Trump had twice extended protections for Syrians due to the ongoing conflict. The administration of President Joe Biden on Friday extended deportation relief for several thousand Syrian immigrants living in the United States, an early move that aligns with his broader pro-immigrant platform. Acting Department of Homeland Security […]

UN says 12 murdered at al-Hol camp in Syria since start of year

UN expresses concern over ‘deteriorating security conditions’ at camp for displaced people controlled by Kurdish forces. Twelve people have been murdered at the overcrowded al-Hol camp for displaced people in northeastern Syria since the beginning of the year, according to United Nations figures. Imran Riza, the UN’s resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator for Syria, and […]

Israeli missiles strike targets in Syria’s Hama province: SANA

Syria claims Israeli jets carried out attacks in central province, adding its military shot down most of the missiles. Syrian state media claims Israeli warplanes fired several missiles in central Syria region of Hama early on Friday, adding that its air defence forces downed most of the missiles. It, however, did not give word on […]

UN: Urgent aid needed for 3 million refugees in northern Syria

A third of displaced Syrians lack adequate shelter and essentials for cold weather in Idlib and Aleppo, the UN says. The United Nations says urgent relief aid is needed for 3 million Syrian refugees, saying the recent rains in northern Syria have damaged hundreds of tents in displacement sites in the provinces of Idlib and […]

Remembering Robert Fisk: A mentor #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The only book Robert Fisk ever recommended I read was the satirical journalism novel – Scoop – by Evelyn Waugh – a story about hapless nature writer William Boot who, due to an unexpected turn of events, is sent to the fictional African country of Ishmaelia to report on the conflict there as a foreign […]

More than 200 UN staff in Syria coronavirus positive: Officials

More than 200 United Nations staff members have been infected by COVID-19 in Syria as the global body steps up plans to combat the spread of the pandemic in the war-torn country, medical workers and UN officials said. UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria Imran Riza last week told UN heads of agencies […]

The civil war is threatening an ancient way of life in Syria

For centuries, Bedouin tribes moved around the vast semi-arid steppe land in Syria, searching for water and pasture for their herds of camels, sheep, and goats. This ecologically sustainable mobility and way of life indelibly contributed to the rich cultural heritage of the country.  About 100 years ago, first under the French mandate and later […]

UN Syria talks resume after coronavirus cases forced suspension

The United Nations has said talks aimed at rewriting the Syrian constitution have resumed after a three-day pause caused by positive cases of coronavirus among four participants. The discussions between the representatives of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the opposition and civil society resumed in Geneva on Thursday after Swiss health authorities gave the green light. UN envoy for […]

Syrians should not be forced to return to an unsafe Syria

Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are facing increasingly difficult circumstances in camps inside Syria and a number of host countries. With many countries looking to cut funds for humanitarian aid due to economic difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, displaced Syrians are likely to face even worse prospects in the following months.  At […]

Syria blackout after suspected pipeline attack

A suspected attack on a pipeline in Syria has caused a nationwide blackout overnight, the state news agency quoted authorities as saying on Monday. According to SANA, Electricity Minister Zuhair Kharbotli said a pipeline blast in the Damascus area late Sunday “led to an electricity blackout across Syria”. The oil minister, Ali Ghanem, said the […]