- Title: Timeline of Syrian conflict from 2019-2020
- Date: 28th June 2020
- Summary: A report by a United Nations commission investigating war crimes, covering the period from July 2019 to February 2020, found that Russia conducted air strikes on a popular market and a camp for displaced people that killed dozens of civilians in July and August. The report also described abuses by rebels allied to Turkey during an assault on Kurdish-held areas and said that if the rebels were acting under the control of Turkish military forces, those commanders may be liable for war crimes. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (FILE - MARCH 2, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) MEMBER OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON THE SYRIA, HANNY MAGALLY, SAYING: "And so what we found are two types of international crimes or war crimes, one being the deliberate attack on protected objects intentionally and with that also attacks on medical personnel which is also a war crime. But also there is a war crime of intentionally terrorising the population to force it to move and I think we are seeing that picture emerging very clearly, for example in Idlib." Scores of flag waving protesters took to the streets in Syria's Azaz on March 2 in support of Turkey as it ramped up operations in its biggest intervention yet into the Syrian civil war. AZAZ, SYRIA (FILE - MARCH 2, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED WAVING TURKISH AND SYRIAN FREE ARMY FLAGS GIRL HOLDING SYRIAN FREE ARMY FLAG SITTING ON MAN'S SHOULDERS The Turkish army reinforced its presence in Syria's Idlib after the defence minister dubbed the operation, Turkey's fourth incursion in Syria in four years, "Operation Spring Shield". IDLIB GOVERNORATE, SYRIA (FILE - MARCH 2, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS CONVOY OF TURKISH MILITARY VEHICLES PARKED ON HIGHWAY
- Embargoed: 12th July 2020 15:50
- Keywords: Ali Khamenei Assad Bashar al-Assad Donald Trump IS Iran Iranian supreme leader Islamic State Israel Russia Syria Trump Turkey UN US troops Vladimir Putin conflict insurgency rebels refugees
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- Country: Syria
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Military Conflicts,Editors' Choice
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- Story Text: The European Union and the United Nations will co-chair the fourth Syrian donor conference in Brussels on Tuesday (June 30), aimed at garnering support for victims of the country's nine-year war and surrounding countries hosting refugees.
The event will bring together, through video conference, around 80 delegates from neighbouring countries, partner countries, EU member states and international organisations.
Apart from raising funds, the EU said it hoped to get wide-ranging support for U.N.-led efforts to reach a sustained ceasefire.
As the Syrian war enters its 10th year, 6 million people are displaced outside Syria and 11 million are in need of humanitarian help across the country.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will co-chair the ministerial section of the conference with U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.
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