Update: coronavirus in North and East Syria – week ending 29 August

Our latest update on the coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds: • First coronavirus cases confirmed in Hol and Arisha camps• Water has been restored to some neighbourhoods in the Heseke region, but many areas stillhave…

Al-Monitor – Turkey starves Syria’s northeast of water as virus death toll mounts

Original Article by Amberin Zaman, al-Monitor, 24 August 2020 The outcry over Turkey’s continued disruption of potable water supplies to the Hasakeh region of northeast Syria is growing louder. Humanitarian aid agencies…

The Jerusalem Post – Why is the US still helping Turkey sabotage its role in Syria?

Original article by Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post, 27 August 2020 Washington sent its most pro-Turkey diplomat to Ankara this week as Turkey’s regime hosted Hamas leaders in a red-carpet ceremony in Istanbul. Former US ambassador…

‘We have very long meetings, because we must reach an understanding’ – Zelal Jeger on building democracy in NES

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TEV-DEM co-chair Zelal Jeger has been involved in building the new political system in NES since its outset  Thanks a lot for your time. Firstly, can you introduce yourself and your work? I am Zelal Jeger, the co-chair of TEV-DEM,…

Update: Coronavirus in North and East Syria – week ending 22 August

Our latest weekly coronavirus update finds: Turkey shuts off water, leaving key coronavirus facilities, Hol Camp, c. one million civilians struggling to follow basic hygiene measuresNew cases in NES this week reach 145, an 81% increase,…

Explainer: NGOs in North and East Syria – political and humanitarian obstacles

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Kurdish Red Crescent workers on water distribution in Heseke city Developments in aid delivery and NGO sector in NES since 2011 In the face of the mass displacements the region has seen in recent years, aid from international organizations…

Syria Direct – Turkish dams threaten northeast Syria with ecological and economic blight

Original Article by Will Christou, Syria Direct, 11 August 2020 AMMAN — Last month, a sweltering heatwave hit Syria, with temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius), and in the sprawling camp of al-Hol in the…

Update: coronavirus in North and East Syria – week ending 15 August

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Our first weekly update on the growing coronavirus crisis in North and East Syria finds: — Coronavirus cases in North and East Syria (NES) rising rapidly following new outbreak at end of July — At least 15 confirmed cases among…

North Press Agency – Syrian government-held Qamishli airport: epicenter to coronavirus outbreak in northeast Syria

Original Article by Hoshang Hassan, North Press Agency, 13 August 2020 QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Qamishli International Airport, which is held by the Syrian government in the country’s northeast, has been the main corridor for…

Detektor – Potvrđeni prvi slučajevi koronavirusa u sirijskom kampu u kojem su žene i djeca iz BiH

Original article by Mladen Obrenovic, Detektor, 13 August 2020 Iz Svjetske zdravstvene organizacije (WHO) su naveli da “ne postoje potvrđeni slučajevi COVID-a 19 među stanovnicima kampa”. “Sedam je slučajeva prijavljeno među…

Interview: The relevance of people’s buses in times of economic crisis, municipality of Qamishlo

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Last year, the municipality of Qamishlo has set up public transport for the first time in this city: the Basên Gel (People’s buses). It is the first step towards more sustainable and affordable transport in North-East Syria, a region…

Voice of America – US Action Against IS Financier Shows Jihadists’ Cash Flow Continues from Turkey

Original article by Namo Abdulla, Voice of America, 05 August 2020 WASHINGTON - The U.S. designation last week of a new Turkey-based member of the notorious Rawi Network for allegedly facilitating money transfers to the Islamic State…

The Jerusalem Post – Who is undermining US-backed forces in Deir Ezzor and Euphrates area?

Original article by Seth J. Frantzman , Jerusalem Post, 09 August 2020 In the first two weeks of August a series of incidents in the desert regions and areas adjoining the Euphrates River in eastern Syria have seen an uptick in assassinations…

Interview: “These ‘cafes’ manipulate women, and so we shut them down” – Raqqa Women’s Office

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A recent ruling from the Raqqa Civil Council bans women from working in “cafeterias” in the city, as well as banning the public consumption of alcohol. On the one hand, the ruling provides an example of North and East Syria’s devolved…

Interview: “AANES must build a true partnership between Arabs, Syriac-Assyrians and Kurds” – Daoud Daoud, Assyrian Democratic Organization

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Can you introduce yourself and the Assyrian Democratic Organization? My name is Daoud Lahoud Daoud, and I am a civil engineer and general secretary of the Assyrian Democratic Organization. The Assyrian Democratic Organization is an Assyrian…