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Syria

Attacks on healthcare in the Syrian conflict (Abdulkarim Ekzayez, Chatham House)

Despite the existence of international conventions and laws governing the use of force in war, attacks against healthcare workers and facilities remain a feature of contemporary armed conflict. Analysis by WHO indicates that the number of attacks on healthcare worldwide in 2020 was higher than that in each of the previous two years.

Attacks on healthcare in the Syrian conflict | Chatham House – International Affairs Think Tank

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Israel Syria

Israeli air attack kills 2 Syrian civilians; 7 wounded: Report (Al Jazeera)

Israeli air raids on Syria’s central region killed two civilians and wounded seven other people, official media reported on Wednesday.

Syrian air defences attempted to intercept the attack above the city of Homs. “An Israeli air aggression targeted parts of the central region, and the air defences are responding,” state-run news agency SANA said.

Israeli air attack kills 2 Syrian civilians; 7 wounded: Report | Bashar al-Assad News | Al Jazeera

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Syria

Dancing on the Precipice: Kurdish General in Syria Weighs Turkish Threats, Gulf Outreach to Assad (William Roebuck, Arab Gulf State Institute in Washington)

The war-ravaged status quo in Syria continues, even as the region shifts with surprising realignments and outreach. Emblematic of this shift in the regional landscape – and the impact it is beginning to have in Syria – the Emiratis (and others) have signaled visits by senior officials of the United Arab Emirates to Ankara and Tehran in the coming days. After years of frozen relations and bitter rivalries, such meetings have prompted a sense of diplomatic vertigo. This has been reinforced by the Emirati foreign minister’s visit to Damascus earlier in November, which was telegraphed by earlier diplomatic and commercial developments but nevertheless unexpected in its suddenness.

AGSIW | Dancing on the Precipice: Kurdish General in Syria Weighs Turkish Threats, Gulf Outreach to Assad

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Syria USA

Questions on the Baghuz Strikes (Brianna Rosen, Luke Hartig, Tess Bridgeman and Ryan Goodman, Just Security)

In March 2019, the U.S. military launched airstrikes against the last ISIS hold-out in Baghuz, Syria. Despite official Department of Defense (DOD) reporting that only four civilians were killed in the strikes, new reporting from the New York Times indicates that it was one of the largest civilian casualty incidents in the war against ISIS. In response to the Times investigation, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) publicly acknowledged for the first time that 80 people were killed, and that it was unable to determine conclusively the civilian or combatant status of 60 individuals.

Questions on the Baghuz Strikes (justsecurity.org)

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Syria USA

US military hid airstrikes that killed scores of civilians in Syria: Report (Middle East Eye)

The Pentagon covered up 2019 airstrikes in Syria that killed up to 64 women and children, a possible war crime, during the battle against the Islamic State group, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The two back-to-back airstrikes near the town of Baghuz were ordered by a classified American special operations unit tasked with ground operations in Syria, according to the report.

US military hid airstrikes that killed scores of civilians in Syria: Report | Middle East Eye

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Qatar Syria

Qatar has no plan to normalise ties with Syria: Foreign minister (Al Jazeera)

Qatar is not considering normalising ties with Syria and hopes other countries will be discouraged from taking further steps with President Bashar al-Assad’s government, foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said.

His comments at a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington were in response to a question on a visit this week by the foreign minister of fellow Gulf state the United Arab Emirates to Damascus.

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Syria

Water scarcity reaches crisis point in northern Syria (Melissa Pawson, Al Jazeera)

For 71 of his 81 years, Abu Mohammad Sheikh Hussein has been farming the land in northeast Syria. These last two years have seen some of the lowest water levels in his living memory, he said.

“Before, whoever lived far from the river could dig for groundwater, and they used to find water. But now no matter how deep they dig, they can’t find any source of water.”

Water scarcity reaches crisis point in northern Syria | Climate Crisis News | Al Jazeera

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Iran Syria

Iranian, Syrian universities sign memorandum of cooperation (IRNA)

Damascus University and Iran’s Malek Ashtar University of Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding on research and postgraduate studies in Tehran on Thursday.

Iranian, Syrian universities sign memorandum of cooperation – IRNA English

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Iran Syria

Iranian business fair coming to Damascus (Al Monitor)

Syria will host an exhibition for Iranian companies in the capital, Damascus, later this month.

The “specialized exhibition of the Islamic Republic of Iran” will run from Nov. 29 until Dec. 3, with 164 Iranian companies participating. The companies will showcase medical, construction, energy and a variety of other products. The purpose of the event is for Iranian companies to sign memorandums of understanding with Syrian entities. It is the second year the event has taken place, Syria’s official news outlet SANA reported Wednesday.

Iranian business fair coming to Damascus – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

 

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