KSrelief distributes shopping vouchers to families in quake-hit Syrian town News

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aid agency KSrelief has distributed 2,089 shopping vouchers to Syrians in the north of Aleppo who severely affected by last year’s earthquake. Residents in the town of Jindires in Afrin city have been in desperate need of aid for year after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated parts of southern Turkiye and … Read more

Power cuts in Syrian capital drive workers, students to cafes News

DAMASCUS: Majida has been working from a central Damascus cafe almost every day for a year, depending on it for reliable electricity and wifi in a country plagued by debilitating power cuts.“Without cafes, I would have been unable to work because of the long blackouts at home,” said the graphic designer, 42, declining to provide … Read more

Syrian air defenses respond to ‘hostile targets’ in vicinity of Damascus- state media News

‘Disinformation campaign’ behind Texas A&M closure of Doha campus: Qatar Foundation LONDON: A months-long “disinformation campaign” was behind Texas A&M University’s decision on Thursday to close its Doha campus, Qatar Foundation has said. The university’s System Board of Regents voted 7-1 in favor of ending the contract with the foundation, effectively winding down its Doha … Read more

US-backed Syrian fighters liberate Yazidi woman who was raped and forced to marry extremists News

BEIRUT: US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria have liberated a Yazidi woman who had been held for a decade by the Daesh group, where she was raped and forced to marry extremists, the Syrian Democratic Forces said Monday. The 24-year-old woman along with her son and daughter were rescued during an ongoing security operation by Kurdish … Read more

Jordan will never be a resettlement destination for Syrian refugees, interior minister says News

About 13 children die each day at a camp in Sudan for displaced people, medical charity MSF says NAIROBI, Kenya: Thirteen children are dying each day of severe malnutrition at the Zamzam camp in Sudan’s northern Darfur as a consequence of the 10-month war in their country, a medical charity said Monday.The head of the … Read more

Syrian family with epileptic son remains in limbo despite being accepted for UK resettlement News

MANILA: Eddie Carido has been navigating the streets of Manila in his jeepney for the past 40 years, fetching passengers on their daily commutes across the Philippine capital. Driving the colorful vehicle is all that he knows — a livelihood that he may soon lose as jeepneys are set to disappear. Colorful and loud, jeepneys … Read more

Former Syrian general to face Swedish court for alleged war crimes News

STOCKHOLM: A former Syrian army general will appear before a Stockholm court over his alleged role in war crimes committed in Syria in 2012, according to the indictment seen Wednesday by AFP. Mohammed Hamo, 65, who lives in Sweden, is accused of having participated in the call for indiscriminate strikes in and around the cities … Read more

Ken Loach’s film about Syrian refugees in running for a BAFTA  News

‘House of the Dragon’ Starring: Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy The first season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel may not have received quite as rapturous a reception — nor garnered as many column inches — as its illustrious predecessor, but then again few shows ever have. What it did do was deliver a … Read more

Syrian military says Israeli attack on Damascus outskirts caused material damage News

DUBAI: In the Gaza Strip, civilians are being killed by more than Israeli bombs from the air or bullets flying between Israeli troops and Hamas militants battling at close range. They also face a slow death due to hunger and a lack of basic medical care as most hospitals in the enclave are out of … Read more

Syrian army downs drones aimed at towns, military posts News

Many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have followed Israeli army evacuation orders and sought safety in designated areas only to find there is little space left in the densely populated enclave, a UN humanitarian team leader said on Monday.Gemma Connell, deployed in Gaza for several weeks now, described what she called a “human chess board” … Read more