Syrians wait for an aid convoy on Monday  in the besieged town of Madaya as part of a  six-month deal  in September for an end to hostilities  in exchange for humanitarian help. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

Madaya was quiet on Tuesday. Its streets were empty of people or animals, just as they had been for many months. But for the first time since a brutal(...)

 Syrians wait on Monday for the arrival of an aid convoy  in the besieged town of Madaya, where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death. Photograph: Marwan Ibrahim/AFP/Getty Images

The first trucks from a convoy carrying food and medical aid entered the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, only to discover harrowing scenes (...)

Syrian refugee Farid Majid carries his daughter, Silva, on his shoulders as his brother Ahmed Majid (left) and their family make their way to the Hungarian border, in Roszke, Serbia, on August 30th. An escalation in fighting in recent weeks is set to prompt a new wave of displaced Syrians.  Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

A tenuous truce in the Syrian countryside north of the city of Homs was shattered this month, when Russian war planes started to attack the village of(...)

A young woman gets Yemen’s national flag painted on her face during a protest against the Saudi-led coalition outside the offices of the United Nations in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, on Tuesday. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic with every family affected by the conflict, International Committee of the Red Cross president Pet(...)

Syrians enjoy a snack in a park in the city of Damascus. The war in Syria is entering its fifth year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

The avenues and streets of Damascus are alive with the thrum of traffic, the pavements with the tramp of feet of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who (...)

An elderly Ukrainian man is helped by a Ukrainian army soldier and a citizen during a evacuation of civilians from Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photograph: AFP Photo / Manu Brabomanu Brabo

International aid agencies are warning of a deepening humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, as Nato states consider supplying weapons to Ukrainian (...)

Kiev refused to let the Russian convoy  enter Ukraine after Russia said it had no plans to transfer the aid to vehicles provided by the Red Cross, which would distribute it in Luhansk region. Photograph:   Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

A controversial aid convoy of Russian military trucks halted near a rebel-held stretch of Ukraine’s border last night, as Kiev continued to insist on(...)

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(...)