A woman reacts at the funeral of seven members of her family who were killed overnight in an attack in Gaza City. Photograph: Wissam Nassar/The New York Times

Palestinian civilians in densely populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the(...)

A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Syrian Arab Red Crescent team arrives to the Bustan al-Qasser neighbourhood in Aleppo, which is controlled by opposition forces. Photograph: EPA/UNHCR

Fighting, and the calculations of both the Syrian government and insurgents, determine whether civilians in contested areas eat, drink, cook an(...)

Residents gather near damaged cars at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, near a children’s park in Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograpgh: Yousef Albostany/Reuters

During a brief encounter with Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc) president Abdul Rahman Attar on the stair at the organisation’s headquarters, I congratu(...)

UN-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi and US secretary of state John Kerry spoke of a need for a cohesive force that could bring people together. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/Reuters

A car bomb that killed 39 in northern Syria yesterday added urgency to the declaration by US secretary of state John Kerry and UN envoy Lakhdar Brahim(...)