Nidaa Tounes dissenters set to announce Tunisia First Party

Tunisians wave the national flag in the southern city of Tatouine on 11th April, 2017 The former leader of Nidaa Tounes Party, Boudjemaa Remili, has told Quds Press that a number of the party’s senior members are intending to form a new party. Tunisia First looks set to be launched, he said, after efforts to reform Nidaa Tounes failed. “We have officially submitted a file to the secretary of state about our intention to establish a new party,” explained Remili. “We have made preparations centrally and regionally for drafting texts and programmes for the party.” He explained that he and … Continue reading Nidaa Tounes dissenters set to announce Tunisia First Party

US-Coalition Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians In Syria Last Month

At least 137 children are among the dead. Thick smoke and flames erupt from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report today covering the civilian death toll of US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past month, from May 23 to June 23, reporting at least 472 civilians, the largest in any 30-day period since the US started bombing Syria in 2014. The attacks covered two provinces in Syria, with 222 civilians killed in … Continue reading US-Coalition Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians In Syria Last Month

Refugees in Rukban IDPs Camp Fear Humanitarian Disaster as Clashes Near

Activists in the Rukban IDPs camp on the Jordanian-Syrian border warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in the camp in light of the severe shortages of food supplies. Prices of essential food items have recently skyrocketed with one pack of bread costing around 500 Syrian pounds, a price that most families cannot afford. The suffering of refugees in the camp built in no-man’s-land on the Jordanian-Syrian border has been compounded by the intensified fighting in the Syrian Desert, activists added. The ongoing clashes cut off the only remaining supply routes from the Syrian side of the border, putting an estimated 80,000 … Continue reading Refugees in Rukban IDPs Camp Fear Humanitarian Disaster as Clashes Near

UN: More than 1,000 children killed in Iraq in 3 years

Iraqi children are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance due to the ongoing violence in Iraq Three years after violence in Iraq intensified, 1,075 children have been killed, including 152 in the first six months of 2017, UNICEF said yesterday. “Since 2014, in Iraq, 1,130 children have been maimed and injured, 255 in the first six months of 2017, over 4,650 children have become separated or unaccompanied by their families,” according to the agency’s assessment detailed in a new report, Nowhere to Go. There have been 138 attacks on schools and 58 on hospitals; more than three million children do … Continue reading UN: More than 1,000 children killed in Iraq in 3 years

Coalition: Int’l Community Should Have Courage to Admit Failure to Protect Syrians Instead of Inventing Excuses

The presidential and political bodies of the Syrian Coalition on Thursday met with a delegation of British diplomats in charge of the Syrian file in a number of neighboring countries. The two sides discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria. President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif talked about the need to support the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to be able to provide services to civilians in the liberated areas. Seif also called for empowering SIG to administer the liberated areas and restore security and stability to make possible the return of refugees to their homes. SIG has … Continue reading Coalition: Int’l Community Should Have Courage to Admit Failure to Protect Syrians Instead of Inventing Excuses

Syrian Coalition Organizes Panel Discussion on Administration of Post-ISIS Raqqa

The Syrian Coalition organized a panel discussion under the title “Administration of Raqqa after Liberation from ISIS” in Istanbul on Wednesday. The panel discussion was attended by President of the Syrian Coalition Riyad Seif, Secretary-General Nazir Hakim, Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab, Head of the provincial council in Raqqa Saad Shawish as well as members of the Coalition’s political committee and the General Assembly and representatives of friendly countries. Seif said that the Syrian Coalition is the only side with legitimacy and authorization to administer Raqqa in accordance with an Arab and international mandate, adding … Continue reading Syrian Coalition Organizes Panel Discussion on Administration of Post-ISIS Raqqa

Morocco: Parliamentarians Call for Reducing Social Disparities

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine el-Othmani delivers his first speech presenting the government’s program at the Moroccan Parliament in Rabat, Morocco April 19, 2017 Rabat – A group of Moroccan deputies from both majority and opposition blocs have called on the government on Tuesday to speed up the implementation of measures aimed at reducing social disparities in the different Moroccan regions, by guaranteeing equal access to developmental programs. Several areas in Morocco are suffering from poor basic services, such as education and health, as well as deterioration of the infrastructure and high unemployment rate. During Wednesday’s oral questions and answer session … Continue reading Morocco: Parliamentarians Call for Reducing Social Disparities