Highlights/Syria

International

‘Witnessing catastrophe’: fighting in northwest Syria interrupts food distribution

A dramatic escalation of conflict in northwestern Syria is hampering some of the United Nations’ critical food distribution activities in the area as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the fighting, says the World Food Program. The upsurge of fighting» 

International

Canada strongly condemns increasing violence in northwestern Syria

Canada is deeply concerned by the continuing violence in northwestern Syria, officials with Global Affairs Canada said in a statement Friday following reports that bombings by Syrian government forces damaged two schools and a health facility in the rebels’ last» 

International

Desperate families flee assaults on Idlib, Syria

The United Nations says that a full-on conflict in Syria’s Idlib province would very likely increase human rights violations and generate a humanitarian catastrophe. After eight months of relative calm, the Syrian government and its allies have launched ground and» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics, Society

ISIS terrorist claims he’s Canadian

A man who is now believed to be the masked man featured in several threatening and horrific ISIS propaganda videos, says he comes from Canada. Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed was captured by Kurdish forces during a gun battle in Syria against» 

International

Humanitarian groups warn of ‘worst humanitarian catastrophe’ in Idlib

Humanitarian groups and UN agencies are warning of an impending humanitarian catastrophe as the Syrian government troops backed by Russia and Iran prepare to storm the last rebel stronghold in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria. “There needs to be» 

International, Society

Syrian ‘children used and abused’ far too long, says UN official

The United Nations has verified that more than 7,000 children have died or been injured in the Syrian conflict but it says unverified numbers are “way beyond 20,000” reports Canadian Press. Virginia Gamba is the special representative for children in» 

Immigration & Refugees, International, Politics

Ottawa offers to resettle dozens of Syrian rescue workers

Canada is prepared to take up to 50 Syrian White Helmets as well as members of their families, which would amount to up to 250 people, following a dramatic rescue over the weekend facilitated by the Israeli military, according to» 

International, Politics

Humanitarian agencies call for urgent ceasefire in southwestern Syria

Humanitarian agencies struggling to reach tens of thousands of refugees displaced by the latest government offensive to recapture rebel-controlled areas of southwestern Syria are calling for an urgent ceasefire and humanitarian access to the area. The United Nations Refugee Agency» 

International, Politics

Canada gravely concerned by situation in southwest Syria, says Freeland

Canada is gravely concerned by the Syrian regime’s offensive in southwest Syria that has uprooted tens of thousands of people since it began last week amid warnings by the United Nations that civilians trapped between warring sides face a humanitarian» 

International, Politics

Canada provides $19.5M humanitarian assistance in Syria and Lebanon

The federal government announced Wednesday $19.5 million in funding to UN agencies and NGOs working to address humanitarian needs in Syria and Lebanon. Canada’s contribution will help meet the basic needs of crisis-affected people in Syria and Lebanon, including through»