Syrians preoccupied with daily financial pressures have nevertheless been infuriated by Donald Trump’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights. A senior government official told Gulf Today that US policy is “to protect Israel” although Israel, which has built the most powerful military in the region, needs no protection.
Homs is gradually recovering from eight years of a devastating warfare. The Old City, under rebel and al-Qaeda rule until May 2014, has come alive. Cars and pick-ups vie for right-of-way through its narrow alleys. Drivers back up to allow others to pass before gaining access.
The war on Syria has not ended with the defeat of the Daesh false “caliphate.” The US and Europe’s heavyweights, Britain, France and Germany, as well as “Brussels” continue the war by other means. Their aim is to win the war their allies and surrogates lost in Syria’s battered and blasted cities, towns, villages and countryside. Punitive sanctions have been tightened and are strictly enforced.
In the year since I last visited Syria, Damascenes have lived without the metallic report of mortars fired by insurgents landing in the city and its suburbs, the whistle of responding artillery shells and thud of bombs dropped on Eastern Ghouta.
A friend recently remarked that the outpouring of grief and empathy from world leaders, peoples, and media over the destruction by fire of the roof of the 12th-13th century Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has greatly exceeded the outcry over the destruction by war and Daesh of more or equally historically,
With the UN refugee agency indicating that a record 71 million people have now been displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence, the world community cannot anymore afford to turn a blind eye to the crucial issue. Collective and effective global measures to tackle the root causes of displacements
The UN children’s agency, Unicef, has called on the homelands of thousands of children of foreign fighters held in camps and orphanages in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere to be reclaimed and repatriated. Unicef says they are “among the world’s most vulnerable children” as they live in “appalling conditions
The conflict in Syria never seems to end. The latest Syrian offensive in Idlib, the biggest escalation of the war between the regime forces and their rebel foes since last summer, has stoked apprehensions of a major humanitarian crisis as thousands of people take shelter from air strikes at the Turkish border. They are experiencing a horror- filled month of fasting.
The Syrian conflict has entered the ninth year and while fighting has diminished, the humanitarian crisis is far from over, as per United Nations officials, and this is a matter of huge concern.
Syria seems to be a playground for all the countries to jeer at and to test their weapons and Syria’s inhabitants are treated akin to how many of us would swat at flies. That is the reason that the most recent air strike on northwestern Syria is just another day and another killing in the countless bloodshed that have happened