Syria safe zones sought by U.S. senators
The four-year-long war in Syria has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions of others
Republican and Democratic U.S. senators called on President Barack Obama on Tuesday to create and enforce humanitarian safe zones in Syria, amid international concerns about the dire conditions faced by millions of people displaced by the war.
“The staggering human displacement, killing and destruction are an affront to the civilized world and must be stopped,” Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham and Democrats Richard Durbin and Tim Kaine wrote to Obama in a letter seen by Reuters.
The four-year-long war in Syria has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions of others.
The lawmakers urged Obama to establish one or more safe zones, with “necessary enforcement mechanisms” including air assets, and securing of the border area by Turkey.
They also asked the Obama administration to provide lawmakers with an update on efforts to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria, including efforts to create and enforce safe zones with U.S. allies.
The senators also said they were disappointed that the United States has not taken in more Syrian refugees during the conflict. The country has admitted fewer than 800.
Security Council demands aid access to Syria’s Yarmouk campThe 15-member council also demanded that fighters from ISIS and Al-Nusra Front ... Middle East
Six arrested in U.S. probe of youth traveling to SyriaSix arrests have been made in connection with a terrorism investigation into youth ... Middle East
Assad says no Iran troops in Syria, denies fresh chemical attacksIran is Assad’s main regional ally, and Tehran has acknowledged sending military ... Middle East
New restrictions in Lebanon mean Syrian refugees live in fearFour years of civil war across the border in Syria means that one in every four ... Featured Perspectives
U.N.: Graphic briefing on suspected Syria chlorine attacksA Syrian doctor who treated victims from a half-dozen attacks over the past month ... Middle East
U.S., allies conduct 23 air strikes in Syria, Iraq against ISISIn Syria, there were two strikes involving attack and fighter aircraft near ... Middle East