Watchtower: A UN peacekeeper on an observation tower on the Golan Heights. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty

Undof is the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force. Since September 2013 Ireland’s Defence Forces have provided Undof with a quick-reaction f(...)

Scotland Yard said a 46-year-old man was arrested last night in Brent, north-west London.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder in London last week of an imam who was a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, police said(...)

A woman cries as civil defence members carry her dead child after what activists said was shelling by military aircraft loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo’s rebel-controlled Bab Al-Nairab district today. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

A group monitoring the Syrian war said at least nine people including five children were killed in a Syrian army air strike that hit a school in a reb(...)

 Palestinian residents of the besieged refugee camp of Yarmouk wait at the gate of the camp to receive aid supplies from the United Nations on the southern edge of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Photograph: AP Photo/SANA

If they are lucky, Ahmad and his family in the Yarmouk refugee camp will have one meal today: two plates of rice cooked with undrinkable water. Others(...)

Palestinian families arrive at a makeshift center in Damascus after being evacuated from the al-Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: Motaz Mawed/EPA/Sana handout

The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) said on Thursday it refused to be drawn into supporting any military offensive in the war-battered Yarmouk(...)

Palestinian and Syrian residents of Yarmuk Palestinian Refugee Camp crowding in a destroyed street as food is distributed, in this undated file photograph made available in February 2014 by the United Nation Relief and Works Agency. UN officials warned on Wednesday of a potential ‘slaughter of innocents’ unless aid and assistance reached the camp,  where thousands of civilians are trapped up in a vicious battle. Photograph: EPA/Unwra

United Nations officials warned on Wednesday of a potential “slaughter of innocents” unless aid and assistance reached a Palestinian refugee camp in S(...)

Beyond inhumanity

Syria’s civil war has produced so many horrors and atrocities over the past four years that each new outrage struggles to gain the attention of a crue(...)

A  gathering in solidarity with the Palestinians living in Syria’s Yarmouk camp outside Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) headquarters  in the West Bank.  Some civilians have been evacuated from the camp following Islamic State gains in Yarmouk. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Some civilians were evacuated from a Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, the United Nations said, fleeing an advance by Islamic S(...)

 Palestinians wait for food supplies in the  Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of the camp, according to monitoring groups. File photograph: Sana/EPA.

Islamic State has taken control of 90 per cent of a Palestinian refugee camp on the Damascus outskirts where 18,000 civilians have suffered years of b(...)

Rebel fighters from Suqour al-Sham Brigade fire their weapons towards forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad that are fleeing Idlib city. Photograph: Mohamad Bayoush/Reuters

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria have seized almost full control of the north-western city of Idlib, taking over major roundabouts a(...)