A United Nations panel is sounding the alarm over the poor detention conditions at a major refugee camp in Syria. According to the UN’s Independent Commission of Inquiry Wednesday, up to 70,000 refugees are held in inhumane conditions in the al-Hol camp in Eastern Syria.
A maritime security group spotted the wanted Iranian tanker off the coast of Syria, which suggests Gibraltar’s release of the vessel last month could be a mistake. One America’s Kristian Rouz explains.
Russia is urging a diplomatic solution to international conflicts as its envoys assume presidency at the UN Security Council. While speaking at the UN headquarters in New York Tuesday, the Russian envoy vowed support for U.S. talks with North Korea and the Afghanistan.
Lebanon’s top military officials held an emergency meeting after a warning by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. During a meeting of the Higher Defense Council in Beirut Tuesday, Lebanese officials said their country has the right to defend itself in case of Israeli strikes.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed full support for Israel after its recent strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
The U.S. is expressing concern over an Iranian oil tanker that was set free after being detained off of the coast of Gibraltar. The oil tanker set its course for Greece late Sunday after being detained by the British for a month for its alleged plans to break EU sanctions against Syria.
The Syrian army is continuing its offensive in the northwestern province of Hama. According to military officials in Damascus Thursday, Assad forces regained control of two towns from local militant groups.
The United Nations envoy for Syria is expecting the Assad government to agree to a constitutional reform to end a years-long conflict. One America’s Kristian Rouz looks into the matter.