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Ten children of French jihadists repatriated from Syria
© FRANCE-SYRIA-CONFLICT-IS-ORPHANS A vehicle, (L), allegedly trans A convoy carrying orphans of jihadists leaves Velizy-Villacoublay airport, June 10, 2019 Retained in camps for displaced people under Kurdish control in Syria, the children were repatriated to France overnight Sunday to Monday, announced the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “France today proceeded to the return of ten young French minor children, orphans or humanitarian cases, who were in camps in the northeast of Syria.
Germany and numerous other countries have promised the victims of the Syria conflict additional billion aid. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas alone promised 1.58 billion euros at an online donor conference.
Another 2.3 billion euros should flow from EU coffers, for example. «We can hardly imagine the agony that the Syrian people have to endure. But it is our duty to at least alleviate this suffering, »said Maas (SPD). EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell pointed out that more than six million Syrians had fled their home country to escape violence. There are also millions of internally displaced people.
American sanctions: Syria will not "submit" to Washington
© LOUAI BESHARA The Syrian Minister for Foreign Affairs Walid Mouallem gives a press conference in the capital Damascus, June 23, 2020 Damascus will not "submit" to Washington’s demands following the new US sanctions, the Syrian foreign minister said on Tuesday that the punitive measures are aimed at undermining support for President Bashar al-Assad before elections in his country.
At the conference organized by the EU Commission and the United Nations, representatives of more than 80 states and organizations discussed on Tuesday new aid for those affected by the civil war in Syria.
In the conflict, which has been going on for more than nine years, it has been estimated that around half a million people have died. All attempts to initiate a political transition have so far failed. President Bashar al-Assad's government now controls around two thirds of the country, including the main cities.
Since the beginning of a ceasefire agreed by the protective powers Russia and Turkey for the last large rebel area Idlib in the northwest of the country, the situation has calmed down. Nevertheless, observers warn that the violence there can escalate at any time.
The Syrian army declares that Israel has attacked several of its bases
SYRIA-SECURITY-ATTACK-ISRAEL: The Syrian army declares that Israel has attacked several of its bases AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has announced having responded to attacks by Israel on positions in southern and central Syria. Sources say the raids targeted Iranian bases.
Recently, a severe economic crisis caused additional hardship. The Syrian pound has lost massive value in recent months. The corona pandemic and new US sanctions have further aggravated the situation. According to the EU, 11.7 million people in Syria were most recently dependent on humanitarian aid. Aid organizations warn that a hunger crisis is spreading.
"The economic situation is getting worse and worse," said the program coordinator of Welthungerhilfe for Syria, Halil Kurt, the German Press Agency. All over the country there are now problems with the supply of food. "People have to reduce their meals or skip them altogether," said Kurt. Many almost only ate bread. “They still survive, but they no longer have a balanced diet. That will lead to health problems in the long term. »
The spokeswoman for the UN emergency relief agency Okha warned: "After nine years of the crisis and a growing number of refugees, more and more people are being driven to hunger and poverty every day."
According to German Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU), German aid is used to combat not only hunger but also lack of prospects. Since 2016, 360,000 people have been able to create jobs in several neighboring countries at short notice, he said on Tuesday. In addition, 750,000 Syrian children who had found refuge in these countries could go back to school with German support. "We are doing our part to ensure that no lost generation grows up in this terrible conflict," said Müller.
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