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Watchdog warns of aid disaster in Syria; shelling kills 11

Jun. 10, 2021 12:43 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading rights group warned Thursday that millions of Syrians risk losing access to lifesaving aid, including food and COVID-19 vaccines, if Russia manages to block at the U.N. Security Council the use of the last remaining cross-border corridor for U.N. aid into rebel-held...

Displaced Syrians rally against ending cross-border aid

Jun. 08, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of displaced people in rebel-held northwest Syria on Tuesday protested efforts by Damascus and its allies to end humanitarian aid crossing from Turkey into the impoverished war-ravaged enclave. The U.N. Security Council mandate for humanitarian aid...

US envoy: Syrians face 'senseless cruelty' if border is shut

Jun. 04, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The closure of a final humanitarian border crossing into Syrian could cause “senseless cruelty” to millions of Syrians, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Friday, renewing a call for the U.N. Security Council to extend authorization for the delivery of...

Watchdog: Syria has likely used chemical weapons 17 times

Jun. 04, 2021 01:18 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the international chemical weapons watchdog told the U.N. Security Council that its experts have investigated 77 allegations against Syria, and concluded that in 17 cases chemical weapons were likely or definitely used. Fernando Arias...

US envoy announces new Syria aid, seeks delivery access

Jun. 03, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations announced on Thursday nearly $240 million in humanitarian funding to support the people of Syria, Syrian refugees and countries hosting them, and called for access through international crossings to allow the delivery of aid. ...

US envoy heads to Turkey seeking to ensure aid to Syrians

Jun. 01, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.S ambassador to the United Nations headed to Turkey late Tuesday seeking to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered to Syria across borders, a program Russia has severely limited in recent years while insisting the Syrian government should control all...

Protesters slam choice of Syria for board of UN health body

May. 31, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of medical workers in rebel-held northwest Syria on Monday protested a decision to grant President Bashar Assad's government a seat on the executive board of the World Health Organization. They said Assad is responsible for bombing hospitals and clinics across the...

Syria's Assad says reelection empowers him to defeat enemies

May. 28, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed to defeat his enemies no matter how many battles he faces, saying on Friday he feels empowered after being re-elected for a fourth seven-year term. Assad was elected in a predictable landslide Thursday. The...

Syria's Assad wins a fourth term in a predictable landslide

May. 27, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad was re-elected in a landslide, officials said Thursday, ushering in a fourth seven-year term in the war-torn country following an election described as illegitimate and a sham by the West and his opposition. ...

AP source: Biden ending Trump OK for US oil company in Syria

May. 27, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

The Biden administration has decided it will not renew a waiver that allowed a politically connected U.S. oil company to operate in northeast Syria under President Donald Trump's pledge to “keep the oil” produced in the region, according to a U.S. official familiar with the decision. ...