First confirmed COVID-19 case detected in northwest Syria

The first case of the coronavirus in Idlib follows a veto at the UN Security Council today of a resolution that would have allowed aid to reach the embattled area via Turkey.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor Syrian protesters in the city of Idlib carry placards on July 10, 2020, expressing their opposition to Syrian regime ally Russia's attempt to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country, as they wear protective masks and maintain social distancing due to the first case of the coronavirus recorded a day earlier. Photo by Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Intel: US CENTCOM commander meets with head of Syria’s Kurdish forces

The head of Syria’s Kurdish-led militias said he met today with the top commander of US forces in the Middle East, Gen. Frank McKenzie, in northeast Syria.

Jared Szuba | Syria Conflict | Jul 10, 2020

UN report blames civilian deaths in northwest Syria on government and rebel groups

The report by the United Nations' Syria commission details numerous possible war crimes in recent months by both pro-government forces and the rebel group HTS.

Al-Monitor Staff | Syria Conflict | Jul 8, 2020

How Caesar Act could hurt Lebanon's Tripoli

With residents of Tripoli already suffering shortages under Lebanon’s mounting system-wide collapse, the US Caesar Act promises to both hinder investment in Tripoli and increase cross-border smuggling.

Michal Kranz | | Jul 8, 2020

Russia, China veto UN vote to extend aid to Syria’s opposition-held northwest

Russia previously made clear its intent to veto the proposal, despite last-minute hopes the Kremlin might abstain.

Al-Monitor Staff | Humanitarian crises | Jul 7, 2020