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30 Apr 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Syria: Disregard for Civilian Life in Hospital Attacks
UN Security Council Should Enforce Resolution 2254

(New York, April 30, 2016) – Deadly airstrikes on a hospital and a clinic in Aleppo show a disregard for civilian life and may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today.

30 Apr 2016 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Saturday 4/30/2016 - 17:45 GMT

Terrified residents fled a new wave of air strikes on rebel-held areas of Syria's divided city of Aleppo Saturday, as key regime backer Russia rejected calls to rein in its ally.

Aleppo was left out of a new temporary US-Russian brokered truce that appeared to be holding in the regime stronghold of Latakia as well as Damascus and the nearby rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta.

30 Apr 2016 description

More than 50 people have died in the April 27 airstrikes on the Al Quds hospital and surrounding areas of Aleppo, Syria, including numerous patients and at least six medical staff members, according to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which is one of several organizations that support the hospital.

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April 30th, 2015 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has issued an official statement expressing its deep sorrow at and censure of the assault against health facilities in various parts of Aleppo, Syria, as military actions are escalating, causing heavy casualties and damage.

30 Apr 2016 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Friday 4/30/2016 - 01:39

by Karam al-Masri

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to "freeze" fighting from Saturday despite international outrage over renewed violence.

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse.

On Friday, crude barrel bombs smashed into residential neighbourhoods as rescue workers scrambled to cope with the casualties.

29 Apr 2016 description

GENEVA (29 April 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday said the latest reports of civilian deaths and injuries, including bombings of Syrian marketplaces and medical facilities, revealed a “monstrous disregard for civilian lives by all parties to the conflict,” and urged all sides to step back from a return to all-out war.

29 Apr 2016 description

Physicians for Human Rights appalled by brazen strike on main pediatric care center in Aleppo

New York, NY - 04/28/2016

29 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

Once Syria’s most populous city, Aleppo is now a humanitarian disaster zone. As fighting intensifies in several districts and bombs again rain down from the sky, tens of thousands of Syria’s forgotten civilians try to survive on the frontlines, dodging missiles and hiding from snipers.

29 Apr 2016 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Friday 4/29/2016 - 11:43 GMT

by Karam al-Masri

Regime aircraft on Friday pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo, which was left out of a deal to "freeze" fighting despite international outrage over renewed violence.

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse.

On Friday, crude barrel bombs smashed into residential neighbourhoods as rescue workers scrambled to cope with the casualties.

29 Apr 2016 description

The death toll at the Al Quds hospital, which was supported by MSF and a number of other organisations, has now risen to more than 50. This number includes patients from the hospital and surrounding areas where the bombs first hit, as well as at least six medical staff.

· The situation in Aleppo is critical as airstrikes have left no part of the city untouched. Already today there are reports of another health centre – not MSF supported – being struck.

29 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Fighting in Aleppo increases while relative calm continues to prevail in several parts of Syria

  • More than 40,000 displaced along Turkish/Syrian border

  • Conditions inside Yamouk Camp worsen

  • Further progress made in reaching hard-to-reach and besieged locations

  • Scoping mission to Darayya, undertaken; thousands of civilians in need

  • Evacuations for 515 people undertaken under Four Towns Agreement

Situation Overview

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GENEVA/NEW YORK- 29 APRIL, 2016, We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.

We are outraged at the alarming frequency of attacks on health personnel and facilities in Syria. These incidents come amid an escalation of violence in particular in the northern parts of the country.

29 Apr 2016 description
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Analysis with Pleiades Data Acquired 24 September 2015 and 05 December 2015, WorldView-2 Data Acquired 02 November, 01 CE20130604SYR October and 25 July 2014, Deimos-2 Data Acquired 03 February 2016 and 24 April 2016

29 Apr 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Syria's delegation said the talks were 'useful and constructive' as the third round came to a close. The UK's foreign minister called on Damascus to end its siege of Aleppo after more civilians were reportedly killed.

Syria's UN ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari on Tuesday said the third round of indirect talks aimed at fostering a political solution to the conflict in Syria was "useful and constructive," reported the official Syrian Arab News Agency.

29 Apr 2016 description

‘Beat Diabetes’, a global initiative launched this past month, resonates with the commitment of UNRWA to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD) and monitor health in Syria. With 13 per cent of Palestine refugee patients over 40 years old suffering from diabetes in the country, the fight against this chronic disease remains a priority.

29 Apr 2016 description

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) expands the responsibility of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for international peace and security to the internal affairs of conflict-ridden countries. As s​​uch, it bolsters the authority of the five permanent members (the P5) in world politics and presents them with a flexible tool for exercising this authority. In addition to shaping their responses to situations like Syria and Libya, the principle of PoC shapes the very dynamics of the Council itself, and ultimately the decisions of conflict actors anticipating international responses.​

28 Apr 2016 description

SG/SM/17712

Secretary-General
Press Release

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s aerial strikes against Al Quds hospital in Aleppo. Civil society groups report at least 20 people killed as a result of the attack, including three children and the area’s last paediatrician. The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the bereaved families.

28 Apr 2016 description

SdeM - Good afternoon. I think I have said all what I needed to say yesterday night or early morning, but you will see it is obviously linked to the discussions we have had now at the special meeting we just ended. So I will give the floor to you Jan, in order to focus on what we discussed and on where is the whole connection with my message yesterday is reflecting on the humanitarian aspect as well. Thank you very much.

28 Apr 2016 description

This paper sets out an account of developments and the work plan executed by the UN Special Envoy during the round of UN facilitated Intra-Syrian Talks held in Geneva between 13-27 April 2016.

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Geneva (27 April 2016) - The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has just briefed the Security Council via video conference on the conclusion earlier today of this round of Intra-Syrian Talks convened on the basis of Security Council resolution 2254. These Talks ran from 13 to 27 April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. de Mistura is also releasing a mediator´s summary outlining the process and substance of this round of Talks, which focused on an agenda of political transition and the establishment of an inclusive transitional governance.