Decades after the bloody Hama massacre, Syrian regime head Bashar al Assad has managed to cling to power, like his father, under the averted gaze of world powers.
Syrian chemical attack victims and Syrian rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in France, where courts have a mandate to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity even if committed by foreign nationals on foreign territory.
Abdul Baset al Sarout had long been in the crosshairs of the Syrian regime for his songs of freedom.
The fate of Idlib ought to be the major concern of the free world, yet all it garners, at best, is a few words of concern and condemnation.
A 23-page report released by the UN Commission of Inquiry said that through the widespread and systematic" bombardment of Eastern Ghouta and the continued denial of food and medicine, pro-regimeforces perpetrated a "crime against humanity."
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the overnight raids targeted Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp and a small enclave south of the capital Damascus under the control of militants.
We spoke with the survivors of the Douma chemical attack, who hail retaliatory Western missile strikes on regime installations but doubt whether the attacks will alter realities on the ground.
Russian defence ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov says Britain told the White Helmets, who act as first responders in opposition-held areas, to fake the suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma in which at least 42 people were killed.
Regime forces strike eastern Ghouta's Douma district in a midnight attack allegedly using a chemical agent, rescuers and medics say, sparking condemnation and retaliation vows.
Syrian Civil Defence has accused the Bashar al Assad regime of using chemical weapons in Douma, eastern Ghouta. US state department says Russia should be held responsible if the incident did involve deadly chemicals.
Eight civilians were killed in air and land raids on Saturday, a war monitor says, after evacuations from eastern Ghouta stalled this week. Meanwhile, eight civilians were killed and 20 others wounded in a car bomb attack in northern Al Bab city.
Air strikes killed at least 27 civilians on Friday in the last opposition-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta, a monitor said, the first bombardment there since talks sputtered over a rebel withdrawal.
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