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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Syria

# anne o'rorke
Irish woman in Turkey in race to get supplies to earthquake victims in rebel-held Syrian region
Anne O’Rorke runs a non-profit working with Syrian refugees, and is trying to get medical supplies to Idlib.
7th February 2023
# Rescue Effort
Earthquake death toll passes 7,300 as countries pledge support for Turkey and Syria
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks.
Rescuers are racing frantically to find more survivors but their efforts are being impeded by low temperatures and some 200 aftershocks
The earthquake struck early yesterday, bringing down thousands of buildings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in 10 affected provinces
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
This week
5th February 2023 - 8th February 2023
# Earthquake
Rescue efforts continuing in Turkey and Syria following large earthquakes as death toll rises
Ireland, the US, the EU and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The first quake was centred about 96km from the Syrian border outside the city of Gaziantep.
Ireland, the United States, the European Union and Russia have all sent condolences and offers of help.
The Embassy of Ireland in Turkey has said Irish citizens who are in the affected area and need urgent consular assistance can make contact.
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
# Relief Efforts
Tánaiste announces €2 million in emergency aid for Turkey and Syria following earthquakes
Countries around the world have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in the regions.
Last month
January 2023
# Syria
Watchdog blames Syria’s air force for deadly 2018 chlorine attack
The report was published by a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
# Aleppo
13 killed in building collapse in Syrian city
Only one person had been rescued from the rubble, the interior ministry said.
# Syria
Former 'ISIS bride' faces up to ten years in Australian prison
Raad has been charged with travelling to parts of Syria that were controlled by IS – a crime under Australian law.
Last year
# islamic state
Eight dead in failed ISIS prison break in Syria
Local authorities announced a state of emergency and have put the city on lockdown.
# radicalised
American woman who led female ISIS battalion gets 20 years in prison
The woman also forced her 13-year-old daughter to marry an IS fighter
# Shipwreck
At least 73 people dead as boat sinks off Syria's coast after leaving Lebanon
This is the deadliest such shipwreck from Lebanon in recent years.
# new report
Language barrier and mental health ‘key concerns’ for Syrian refugees settled in Ireland
A new report found that “healthcare quality is, on the whole, affected primarily by one concern, and that is language”.
# Security Council
Irish diplomats secure aid for 4.1 million displaced people despite threat of Russian UN veto
Ireland became a member of the UN Security Council in 2021 and has responsibility for the Syria file.
# Peace missions
Government renews approval for Irish peacekeeping missions in Syria and Kosovo
Irish troops are based in the Golan Heights and the Kosovar capital Pristina in UN mandated operations.
# Syria
Record 9.3 million Syrian children in need of aid, says UN
The United Nations has warned that funding to aid victims of the civil war in Syria is dwindling.
# Refugees
EU denies 'double standard' towards refugees from Ukraine compared to Syria
The bloc has come under fire for allegedly welcoming refugees from Ukraine more openly.
Barry Andrews: The EU's response to Ukraine must not repeat the mistakes it made around Syria
The Irish MEP says Putin had a hand in atrocities in Syria too but the EU’s response there was muted at best.
# hassakeh
Kurdish forces retake Syrian prison six days after it was seized by IS
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said fighting in and around Ghwayran prison since it was taken last week has killed 181 people.
# historic ruling
Syrian ex-colonel gets life sentence in German 'crimes against humanity' trial
The accused sought refuge in Germany after deserting the Syrian regime in 2012.
# Court
Lisa Smith's bid to have terror charges dropped will be heard next week
Lisa Smith’s trial before the non-jury court was due to start this week.
All time
# Syria
Strike blamed on Israel sets ablaze Syrian port of Latakia
It is the second time this month the container yard at the port has come under Israeli attack.
# Belarus
Belarus airline bans Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis from incoming Turkey flights
The EU believes it is “seeing progress” on the migrant crisis along the border between Belarus and Poland.
# Al Qaeda
Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in US drone strike in Syria, Pentagon says
There were no known casualties from the strike.
# Bab al-Hawa
Rare cooperation between Russia and US sees cross-border aid to Syria continue
The approved text is an amalgam of two drafts – one proposed by Ireland and Norway, and another by Russia.
# Entry Point
UN Council pushes back vote on extending aid to Syria
Ireland is in favour of keeping open a border-crossing that allows aid into Syria’s north west.
# Aid
Ireland joins US and Norway to press for extension of cross-border aid into Syria
A border crossing that aid passes through is due to close this week.
# Poverty
Ireland pledges €1 million to help 'poorest and most vulnerable' Lebanon households
Lebanon is facing “enormous challenges”, Minister Simon Coveney said.
# border region
Pentagon says US air strikes in Iraq, Syria targeted Iran-backed militia groups
A monitor said the strikes killed at least five militia fighters.
# Refugees
EU to give Turkey €3 billion to help Syrian refugees inside its borders
The EU will hand over the funds to help the Turks look after the influx of people fleeing the Syrian conflict.
A Syrian refugee in Turkey: 'I sometimes regret that I was born'
GOAL’s Yusuf Nural tells the stories of Syrian Refugees in Turkey ahead of the release of a moving new documentary and photo exhibition.
# Bashar al-Assad
War-ravaged Syria is heading to the polls with Assad set to extend his grip on power
In the last multi-candidate poll in 2014, Bashar al-Assad took 88% of the vote.
Opinion: Syria, ten years on, and Covid-19 has pushed refugees to the limits
UNICEF’s Ettie Higgins and Claire McKeever share the stories of many refugees displaced by the war in Syria, ten years on.
# A Decade Later
Syria marks ten years since outbreak of civil war
A popular uprising turned into a civil war with world powers backing different sides.
Opinion: Ten years of conflict in Syria and humanitarian aid is still a challenge to deliver
Meath man Derek O’Rourke is GOAL’s Middle East Security Advisor. He outlines the challenges faced by NGOs as they navigate Syrian regions devastated by war.
# Damascus
125 troops return to Ireland after six months in Syria
They arrived in from Damascus at 11.35pm last night.
Opinion: 'Stripping Isis fighter of Irish citizenship over sham marriage presents us with uncomfortable questions'
There is a sad irony in how wealthy western states have farmed out a security and immigration problem to the Kurds, writes Norma Costello.
# Lebanon
Explainer: How Beirut explosions came at 'worst time possible' for a country in a 'dire situation'
Prior to the devastating blasts, Lebanon was already dealing with its worst economic recession in decades.
# evening sitdown
Your evening longread: The life of a Syrian photographer
It’s a coronavirus-free zone as we bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.
# the war in syria
Israeli airstrike in Syria kills five Iran-backed paramilitary fighters
A UK-based war monitor said that 11 other combatants were wounded.
# Shamima Begum
Woman who went to Syria to join IS should be allowed return to UK to fight citizenship case, court rules
Former home secretary Sajid Javid had revoked her British citizenship on national security grounds.
# UN Security Council
After US gives in to Russia on red-line issue, UN Security Council restarts aid for displaced Syrians
After a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium, the cross-border aid plan was approved.