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A Syrian boy in a camp for displaced Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, near the town of Maaret Misrin in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Three doctors and a nurse have contracted Covid-19 in Syria’s northwesternern province Idlib, raising fears of an outbreak in this rebel-held territor(...)

Buildings destroyed by prior bombardment in the town of Ariha in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty

Nearly half of Syria’s 20 million people go to bed hungry, World Food Programme chief David Beasley has said ahead of an EU-hosted pledging conference(...)

The Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria: Lawyers for  “jihadi wives” and their children  have lost the case to have them repatriated to the Netherlands. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

The Dutch supreme court has dashed the repatriation hopes of so-called jihadi wives and their children by ruling that the government has no obligation(...)

Syrian president Bashar Assad: likely to be particularly concerned about Sweida, a byword for kidnappings, murders and robberies.  Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has fired prime minister Imad Khamis as the country’s war- and sanctions-battered economy continues its downward slid(...)

An Iraqi fighter with Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Forces) inspects the site of an  Islamic State attack on  the paramilitary force 180km  north of Baghdad. Photograph: Getty Images

Islamic State attacks have surged in a “Ramadan offensive” in Syria and Iraq as these war-ravaged countries struggle to contain the coronavirus and ec(...)

  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad meets members of the government team tasked with handling the   coronavirus pandemic in the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that the war-ravaged country could face catastrophe if coronavirus cases exceed the capabilities of the de(...)

Tens of thousands of internally displaced Syrians are returning to their homes to avoid Covid-19.  Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

Fearing the coronavirus more than warfare, tens of thousands of displaced Syrians are returning to their homes in the conflict-ravaged northwestern Id(...)

Volunteer barbers wear masks as they cut hair  at a camp for displaced Syrians from Idlib and Aleppo provinces, near the town of Maaret Misrin in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour

Coronavirus has reinforced and prolonged the 32-day Russian-Turkish ceasefire imposed in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province since the World Health Or(...)

A member of the Syrian civil defence force sanitises a tent at the Bab Al-Nour internally displaced persons camp to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Health and other officials focused on Lebanon, Iraq and Syria fear the numbers of people infected with coronavirus far exceed the official figures dis(...)

 Syrian Arab Red Crescent members conduct  sterilisation to help prevent coronavirus in  Damascus. Photograph: Youssef Badawi

War-devastated Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the three countries in the Middle East most vulnerable to mass coronavirus contagion. The Syrian and Iraqi he(...)

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