That night, on the president’s orders, the US military launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat airbase in western Syria, from which the planes carrying the chemical weapons originated. It was the first time an American administration had taken military action against the Syrian regime, representing a major escalation of American military involvement in the Middle East in the post-Obama era.
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The White Helmets serve as the main provider of emergency services in many areas outside of regime control. What began as a handful of unarmed volunteers scouring the rubble around Aleppo undergoing heavy bombardment has grown to a group of nearly 3,000 – who receive a monthly stipend of about $150 – with some 120 centres around the country.
In places like Damascus and west Aleppo, the Syrian regime has pointed to the continuing nightlife as a sign of ‘business as usual’, although recent attacks and fighting in the regime-held areas in Damascus may put a damper on this. The patrons of the new bars include sons of army officers, members of foreign militias,students and other young people looking for an escape from the troubles around them.
Following the uprising in March 2011, and the violent government crackdown to crush it, the human rights situation in Syria has worsened exponentially. Throughout 2016, Human Rights Watch documented a large number of deliberate attacks on schools, medical facilities and markets, including a major airstrike by the Russian-Syrian alliance that hit al-Quds hospital on 27 April 2016, killing all civilians, patients and medical staff inside.
The meeting’s final statement paved the way for the Geneva talks in late February 2017, between the political opposition and the regime. The statement also stressed the countries’ conviction ‘that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it can only be solved through a political process. Moreover, Ankara, Moscow and Tehran agreed to join forces to combat ISIS and to work on separating terrorist factions from armed opposition groups. Both sides welcomed the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 of December 2015, which sets out a roadmap for a peace process in Syria.
By some accounts, the number of Syrians who have become disabled as a result of injuries caused by the civil war is in the hundreds of thousands. Handicap International has found that a “large percentage of those affected by injury lacked adequate care, including access to physical rehabilitation support to avoid the worsening of an injury-related health condition, and to mitigate the possible development of permanent disabilities.”
On Thursday, December 29, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that an agreement had been reached that would put an end to the fighting between the Syrian regime forces and the ceasefire deal came into force at midnight (10pm GMT). However, the details of the Turko-Russian agreement are still vague and secretive.