Syria attacks probed by chemical watchdog

The global chemical weapons watchdog is to send a team to Syria to investigate allegations by rebels and activists of chlorine gas attacks, the organisation has said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad's government had agreed to accept the mission and had promised to provide security in areas... - Photown News Read more [...]

All parties in Syria blocking aid, say Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary General has accused all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid. Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to act to implement a resolution passed in February demanding greater access. In his second report to the council on the... - Photown News Read more [...]

Fund crunch forces UN to cut Syria food aid

The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria's civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official has said. Nevertheless, the United Nations' World Food Programme managed to get food to a record 4.1m people inside Syria last month, just short of its target of 4.2m, WFP deputy executive director Amir Abdulla told... - Photown News Read more [...]

Number of Syria refugees in Lebanon passes 1 million mark

BEIRUT: More than one million Syrians have registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing war in their country, inflicting a “staggering” impact on the tiny Mediterranean country, the UN said on Thursday. Refugees from Syria, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population, the UN refugee agency said in a statement, warning that most of them live in poverty and depend on aid for survival. The UNHCR branded the one million figure as “a devastating milestone Read more [...]

Nuns held by rebels in Syria are freed, arrive at border

Witnesses at the Syrian border with Lebanon said the nuns arrived at the crossing late on Sunday night and headed toward Damascus in a minibus. Nuns, who were freed after being held by rebels for over three months, arrive at the Syrian border with Lebanon at the Jdaydeh Yaboos crossing, early March 10, 2014. Reuters About a dozen nuns held by rebels in Syria for more than three months were released on Sunday and arrived back in Syria after traveling... - Photown News Read more [...]

Syria says 175 fighters killed near Damascus

Syrian army troops have killed 175 opposition fighters, many of them linked to al-Qaeda-linked groups, in an ambush described as one of the deadliest attacks by government forces near Damascus, according to state media. An opposition group alleged that Wednesday dawn's ambush was carried out by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, which has been instrumental in helping President Bashar al-Assad's regime push back rebels entrenched in the suburbs of the Syrian capital. Syrian state news agency SANA quoted Read more [...]

Iran boosts military support in Syria to bolster Assad

LONDON/ANKARA (Reuters) - As Syria's war nears the start of its fourth year, Iran has stepped up support on the ground for President Bashar al-Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops, sources with knowledge of military movements say. This further backing from Tehran, along with deliveries of munitions and equipment from Moscow, is helping to keep Assad in power at a time when neither his own forces nor opposition fighters have a decisive edge on the battlefield. Assad's Read more [...]