The number of Syrian children affected by the civil war in their homeland has doubled in the past year to at least 5.5 million — more than half the country’s children — with devastating effects on the health, education and psychological well-being of an entire generation, the United Nations children’s agency said Thursday.
A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December were released early Monday thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation and handed to the Syrian authorities.
The Syrian army has been using starvation as a “weapon of war” in its siege of the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, Amnesty International said Monday.
A panel of United Nations investigators said Wednesday that world powers deserve some of the blame for Syria’s atrocities because of their inaction.
Syrian government forces are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.
Syrian activists say government airstrikes in a small northwestern town on the border with Turkey have killed at least 13 people.
A former Guantanamo Bay detainee who is a well-known advocate for the rights of terrorism suspects was arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses, British police said Tuesday.
The chief of the United Nations relief agency supporting Palestinian refugees says he is “deeply disturbed and shaken” by the despair and destruction he’d seen in a besieged camp in the Syrian capital.
The coalition of Syrian opposition groups in exile has appointed a new army chief, following a year of seeing their influence fade among fighters within Syria.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and is calling on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.
Syria’s foreign minister accused the United States of trying to create a “negative climate” for dialogue at the second round of peace talks in Geneva, while Secretary of State John Kerry blamed “the Assad regime’s obstruction” for making the tense talks even more difficult.
Russia’s deputy foreign minister says Syria could complete its shipment of chemical weapons out of the country by March.
Al-Qaeda broke off ties with one of its purported branches in Syria and distanced itself from the rebel infighting in that country’s civil war, according to a statement Monday.