Syria Notes No. 20

Our latest issue looks at recent events in Idlib province, the ongoing siege of Eastern Ghouta in the suburbs of Damascus, and wider humanitarian access issues.

In recent weeks and months, the so-called de-escalation zones in Idlib and Eastern Ghouta have become scenes of escalating air attacks on civilians by Assad regime and Russian forces, and of ground fighting between Assad regime and various opposition forces.

At the same time within Idlib province there is an ongoing political and military conflict between jihadists and opposition institutions and organisations.

Syria Notes No. 20: 15 January 2018 – view and download PDF
  • Dividing Idlib
    Syria Notes staff
  • Between Assad and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham
    Reports from Syrians for Truth and Justice
  • Eleven medical facilities attacked in ten days
    Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations
  • Under siege: Humanitarian access in Syria
    Paul Musiol, Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, and Emma Beals

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Under siege: Humanitarian access in Syria 

On Tuesday 12th December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of Syria held a meeting on the issue of humanitarian access.

Speaking were:

Paul Musiol of PAX, the Dutch peacebuilding organisation which along with The Syria Institute runs the Siege Watch project, monitoring sieges of civilian communities by all parties in Syria;

Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Fiesole, working on the Individualisation of War Project, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict;

Emma Beals, who has reported on Syria for The Guardian, The Daily Beast, USA Today, and Fox News amongst others, and contributed to the Atlantic Council report on the Aleppo siege, ‘Breaking Aleppo.’

The meeting was chaired by Alison McGovern, Member of Parliament for Wirral South and co-chair of the APPG Friends of Syria.

Below is a transcript edited for length.