Homs

Field Diary: Severe Destruction and Starvation Overwhelm Formerly Besieged Syrian City

Kumar Tiku | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

UNICEF is providing humanitarian assistance to millions of conflict-affected children and families in Syria, including through support for safe drinking water and to the on-going polio campaign. It is essential that life-saving assistance reaches all those affected by the conflict, particularly children and women, no matter where they are in the country.

Syrian Rebels Have Not Lost Their Fighting Spirit

Tam Hussein | Posted 06.07.2014 | UK
Tam Hussein

Most fighters here are Syrians, as well as some North Africans and a smattering of Westerners. As I walk in with the doctor I exchange a glance with a Western fighter who clearly wants to remain anonymous. "Pakistani?" I ask. His Syrian friend responds on his behalf with a knowing smile: "Homsi."

Jordan's Urban Refugees Are Struggling to Find Peace After Syria

Luke McManus | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Luke McManus

Life was better here, the father explained as we settled ourselves on thin mattresses in their living room. The floor was bare; save for a blue UNHCR straw mat, which formed the centerpiece of the dark room, a memento from the road.

Empty Words or Promises of Hope for Syria?

Jehangir Malik | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Words cannot describe the hopelessness I felt emanating from these camps, and I am not surprised that so many families decide to take the next step and leave Syria altogether. If we could just get access and reach them, it might not solve the conflict, but it would lessen the burden for families who have lost everything and ease the pressure on neighbouring countries.

What Happened When Syria's Warring Parties Met For The First Time In Three Years?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

They entered through separate doors, then sat around a u-shaped table in a room wrought with tension, and spoke to each other only through a UN repres...

Children and Families Trapped in Al Waer, Homs Face Dramatic Worsening of Humanitarian Conditions

Abdulkadir Musse | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Abdulkadir Musse

An eerie calm descends over Al Waer, an outer suburb of Homs, as we enter an area that is home to some 400,000 people caught in the middle of on-going conflict. I am part of a joint mission, including UNICEF, WFP, OCHA, UNDSS, and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, here to access the humanitarian situation.

The Capital Of The Revolution Pictured In Tatters

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK

It was the city known as the "capital of the revolution" by rebels fighting Syria's President Assad, one of the first cities to join the uprisings aga...

Shooting the Shooters Who Shoot the Shooters - Syria's War Against Journalists

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Amnesty has recorded at least 17 incidents where Syria's armed opposition groups have deliberately targeted journalists and media workers, but the bulk of killings, detentions and cases of gruesome mistreatment still come at the hands of government forces.

Saving Syria Is More Important Than Winning the War

Professor Rosemary Hollis | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Rosemary Hollis

In effect the Westerners want to take sides in a multi-dimensional war, with no guarantee that their chosen protégées will prevail. Most likely, by arming the rebels they will give carte blanche to the Russians and Iranians to reinforce their support for Assad and his allies, including the Lebanese Shia faction Hezballah.

My Enemy's Doctor Is My Enemy

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

This is not a simple war, and there are no simple aid solutions. As the UN marks the registration of the millionth Syrian refugee this week, having fled material destitution on top of living in constant fear, it's clear that the status quo cannot be an option.

Amid Ongoing Conflict in Syria, Women Heads of Households Struggle to Support and Protect Their Children

Iman Morooka | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK
Iman Morooka

In collective shelters for displaced families, in quieter parts of the city, I witnessed grief over life that has been lost. I met families who have lost their belongings and a more dignified life. But I also saw resilience and a strong sense of community.

Children of Syria: Witnessing Pockets of Hope in the Midst of Turmoil

Mark Choonoo | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Mark Choonoo

I walked around to see how children in Homs are living. In a convent that works with children, situated at the end of a line of fully standing buildings and right before the destruction and rubble begins, I was amazed to find children reading books, listening to teachers, drawing pictures and playing games. The drawings on the walls spoke of smiling faces, waving hands, laughter and messages about the need to forgive. A total contrast to the rubble outside that represents so many battered lives.

'Schizophrenic Life' in Syria

Iliana Mourad | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK
Iliana Mourad

Every morning on the way to work I would see new buildings that have been hit by bombs - and I live in a relatively quiet neighbourhood where you only hear scattered shelling and shooting in the distance.

Syria: Red Cross Declare Civil War

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.07.2012 | UK

The Red Cross has declared the situation in Syria a civil war. "We are now talking about a non-international armed conflict in the country," ICRC s...

William Hague Pledges To Increase UN Efforts In Syria

PA | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK

William Hague pledged to redouble efforts to get UN security council action against Bashar Assad's regime today as he condemned the latest massacre in...

Syria Uprising: 'Up To 200 Killed In Homs, Taramseh Shelling' (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.07.2012 | UK

A citizen journalism image taken on July 11 shows black smoke rises from buildings near a mosque from purported forces shelling in Homs, Syria WA...

Former Security Minister: We Might Get Sucked Into Conflict With Iran

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Politics

Former head of the Royal Navy and Labour security minister Lord West has told The Huffington Post the likelihood of Israel launching an attack on Iran...

Syria Crisis: Woman And Children Among Victims Of Deraa Attacks

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.06.2012 | UK

Syrian army troops have killed at least 17 people in the southern town of Deraa, among them women and children, activists say. According to the Lo...

Burnt To The Ground: UN Observers Arrive At Syria 'Massacre' Site

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK

UN observers have arrived in the village of al-Qubeir, the scene of an allegedly horrific massacre that left scores of civilians, including women and ...

UN Security Council Calls Emergency Meeting After Syria Massacre

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.05.2012 | UK

The UN security council is holding an emergency meeting on Sunday evening to discuss the massacre in Houla, Syria according to Sky News. Gruesome v...

Hague Condemns Syrian 'Massacre'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2012 | UK

Britain is to push for a "strong international response" to reports of a massacre of civilians by Syrian forces, Foreign Secretary William Hague has s...

'More Than 92' Killed As Syria Violence Resumes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.05.2012 | UK

At least 92 civilians have been killed in Syria as violence returned to the restive country, the United Nations has confirmed. According to activi...

Marie Colvin Memorial Service Held

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK

Leading figures from the worlds of media, politics and the arts gathered to pay an emotional tribute to "bravest of the brave" war correspondent Marie...

Syrian Forces 'Execute Old Woman' And Her Children With UN Team Nearby

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.04.2012 | UK

Security forces in the Syrian city of Hama dragged an old woman into the street, hit her and shot her dead with two of her children hours after a visi...

Choke off Tehran's support for Assad

Brian Binley | Posted 20.06.2012 | UK Politics
Brian Binley

With the latest news that the Syrian Government has resumed its attack on the city of Homs - almost a month to the day after the UN Security Council endorsed former secretary-general Kofi Annan's Syria peace plan - the Syrian "cease-fire" could at best be described as ineffective.