The deal to evacuate four towns, some besieged by Assad, some by the opposition, involved some extraordinary intrigue—and terrible risks.
Emma Beals is an independent multimedia journalist with an interest in conflict and social issues. She has most recently been concerned with reporting on the Syrian civil war. Follow her on twitter @ejbeals.
Criticized for letting the Syrian government edit the U.N. Humanitarian Response Plan last year, the United Nations is again allowing Assad regime comments and compromises.
Sieges and starvation have helped Assad and the Russians win back control of suburbs around Damascus and Homs. On Friday night, they apply their ultimatum to Aleppo.
Wednesday’s UN aid delivery to a besieged Damascus suburb was pitiful, and shows how much the Assad regime, infamous for siege and starve tactics, still runs the show.
As the humanitarian situation inside Syria grows ever more desperate, a prominent NGO reveals that the government has banned it from Damascus in retaliation for giving food and water to rebel-controlled areas.
Decades ago, Judy Feld Carr started smuggling members of Syria’s minority Jewish community out of the country. She speaks about her work saving people from slaughter under Assad.
Emma Beals on the targeting of hospitals and doctors in Syria.