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Monitor says Syria drops barrel bombs despite US warning; Syria denies

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on rebel-held areas of Hama province on Tuesday, a day after the United States said their use could lead to further U.S. strikes in Syria. A Syrian military source denied the Observatory report and said the army did not use barrel bombs - drums or cylinders packed with explosives and shrapnel that cause indiscriminate destruction on the ground. The United States fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air ...

UN Security Council meets on Syria chemical attack

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The UN Security Council on Wednesday opened an emergency session to discuss an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed scores of people including children. Britain, France and the United States have presented a draft resolution demanding a full investigation of the attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province, but Russia said the text was “categorically unacceptable.” “We are talking about war crimes here, war crimes on a large scale, war crimes with chemical ...

Senior UN official quits after “apartheid” Israel report pulled

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A senior UN official resigned on Friday over the withdrawal of a report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, saying “powerful member states” pressured the world body and its chief with “vicious attacks and threats.” United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), Rima Khalaf, announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut after UN ...

UN Yemen envoy: Warring parties refuse to talk as violence escalates

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Yemen’s warring parties are refusing to discuss UN-brokered peace efforts, the United Nations’ envoy for the country said on Tuesday, amid an escalation in violence that he said was having a “dramatic” impact on the civilian population. Already desperately poor even before the war, Yemen is now in the throes of a major humanitarian crisis. “We know today that a solution is close because we know it. We know that a solution in Yemen will be based on a military and ...

UN: In war crime, Syria deliberately bombed Damascus water supply

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Syria’s air force deliberately bombed water sources in December, a war crime that cut off water for 5.5 million people in and around the capital Damascus, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Tuesday. The commission said it had found no evidence of deliberate contamination of the water supply or demolition by armed groups, as the Syrian government maintained at the time. Rebels had controlled the springs of the Wadi Barada valley ...

The Security Council reviews de Mistura’s report on Geneva talks

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura will submit on Wednesday, his report on the Geneva talks before a Security Council session. During the closed session, the Security Council members await to find out de Mistura’s plans for the next round scheduled at the end of March. They also said they want to him to discuss the tensions of the upcoming talks and to ensure its continuity, particularly in the absence of an agreement, and the various delegations representing the Syrian Opposition. This ...

Egypt chief-of-staff mediates between Libyan rivals in Cairo

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Egypt’s chief-of-staff has mediated between two Libyan rivals who refused to meet face to face in Cairo but later agreed to form a committee to renegotiate a UN peace deal. Col. Tamer el-Rifai, an Egyptian army spokesman, says the two - the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Serraj, and Khalifa Hifter, the country’s most powerful army commander - met separately with Egypt’s chief-of-staff, Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy late on Tuesday. He says they agreed to form a ...

Syrian govt forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo

Monday, 13 February 2017

Government helicopters dropped chlorine bombs in residential areas in Aleppo

Syrian government says ready for prisoner swaps with rebels

Monday, 13 February 2017

The Syrian opposition has long demanded a release of detainees held by the government

Former Palestinian PM to be new UN envoy to Libya

Friday, 10 February 2017

Fayyad was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013

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