The biggest UN humanitarian convoy yet to operate inside Syria has successfully distributed aid to 40,000 desperate people in a hard-to-access desert camp near the country’s southern border with Jordan, the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) announced on Friday.
Regime and militant forces were locked in clashes on Thursday on the edge of an opposition bastion in northwest Syria after a militant-led advance that killed 71 fighters overnight, a monitor said.
The Syrian regime and Russia have stepped up their deadly raids on the Idlib region since late April, despite an international deal intended to prevent a full-scale offensive on the area of some three million people.
More than 400,000 people have been displaced in northwestern Syria over the past three months, the UN said on Friday, as the government presses an intensified bombardment of the opposition-held region.
Gibraltar’s police and coastguard, aided by British Royal Marines, detained a supertanker on Thursday suspecting of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of sanctions, the territory’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said.
A senior UN official called on Thursday for countries to take responsibility for their nationals stuck in a camp in Syria, including thousands of foreign children of Daesh group fighters.
The blast also killed four civilians and wounded three members of the Kurdish-led internal security forces known as the Asayish, the source said.
The elusive chief of the Daesh group Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has purportedly appeared for the first time in five years in a propaganda video released on Monday by the extremist organisation.
Three of the men have been convicted of Daesh membership and sentenced to death by Iraqi courts, while five have been given life sentences. Four of them told Reuters they were tortured in prison, a claim Reuters was unable to verify.