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October 25th, 2019

What could be safer than a “safe zone”?

  On 22nd October 2019 a Russian-Turkish Memorandum of Understanding on north-east Syria was established in response to the violence and humanitarian crisis raging through the region. At the meeting in Sochi, Russia, President Putin and President Erdogan reached a deal that would see the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from a 30km wide area in Syria, along the Turkish border that would be a so-called “safe zone”....

October 21st, 2019

The invisible wounds of the Syrian conflict

Even before the Syrian conflict, the availability of public mental health services in Syria was extremely limited. A lack of funding meant that they were understaffed and underdeveloped. Neither the state nor humanitarian agencies provided enough support for these services....

October 9th, 2019

US troop withdrawal and its possible impact on Syrian refugees in Turkey

President Trump has made the decision to pull out US troops from Syria. The news brings huge uncertainty to the fate of IS troops who are currently held in prisons and camps by the Kurdish-led alliance, and for hundreds of thousands of Syrians who may face dangerous displacement....

December 17th, 2018

HART’s Syria Local Partner EPDC Update

Local Context Following the withdrawal of armed groups from Maaloula, the town was left with severe structural damage. The damage to private and public buildings – shops, houses, and land – impeded the local population returning to rebuild their livelihoods, with less than half the original population able to move back into their homes....

October 3rd, 2018

Country Briefings – June to August 2018

We know it can be hard to keep up with the international news, especially when it comes to the countries where our partners are based. Their situations are usually left out of the mainstream media because governments restricting access to certain areas mean journalists are unable to report, keeping devastating conditions hidden....

September 11th, 2018

Tweeting the Syrian Conflict

If Vietnam was the first televised war, it could be said that Syria is the first war documented through social media. Notoriously complex, the war in Syria comprises varied opposition to the Assad regime and is further complicated by a phenomenon that allows anyone to be a reporter....

August 8th, 2018

Possible consequences of the looming conflict in Idlib.

 
A map of Idlib and its districts
  As the complicated and controversial conflict in Syria reaches new heights of intensity, the ravaged city of Idlib seems to be the next target for the Syrian army as it takes back control of its territories. However, as the recent history of these urban battles has proven, the close quartered nature of the fighting in built up areas has proven an incredibly perilous and dangerous place to be for civilians....

August 7th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions on the resettlement of White Helmets (Syria)

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about the statement on the resettlement of White Helmets by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary on 22 July. Question 1: 
To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement on the resettlement of White Helmets by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary on 22 July, whether members of that group will be resettled in the UK.
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April 25th, 2018

Baroness Cox receives answers to her written questions on UK involvement in Syria

Baroness Cox (crossbench) posed questions to the UK Government about its response to the killing of a British soldier in Syria and British funding of the Free Syrian Army following the attack. Earl Howe (Con) submitted his written replies.  Baroness Cox To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the laying of a roadside bomb in Manbij, Syria, reportedly by allies of Turkey, which killed a British soldier on 29 March....

April 24th, 2018

Statement from Caroline Cox on her recent visit to Syria

 
Meeting internally displaced people from East Ghouta
Statement on Syria, 24th April 2018 Earlier this month, I visited Syria at the invitation of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch. The visit was self-funded and provided an opportunity to meet Christian and Muslim religious leaders, the Speaker of Parliament, MPs from many parts of Syria and opposition MPs, artists, musicians and intellectuals and members of local communities in Damascus, Saidnaya, Maaloula, Homs and Aleppo....
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