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Eight million Syrians face food insecurity; European countries demand accounting Syrian government for using chemical weapons

Editing: Hosam Saleem |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates

The spokeswoman for the United Nations World Food Program, Elizabeth Byers, warned that nearly 8 million Syrians are at risk of food insecurity after confirming the emergence of new cases of coronavirus in Syria.

Byers drew the attention to the displacement of more than 939,000 people due to the escalating conflict in Northwestern Syria since December 2019 and they are now living in densely populated camps where the spread of the virus can have devastating consequences.

On Wednesday, the Syrian government Health Ministry registered a new case of COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, bringing the total of announced cases to 48. 

On Tuesday night, the Syrian government said that two planes from the Syrian Air Company arrived in Syria from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 510 Syrians stranded abroad.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested 20 people on charges of intercepting a US military patrol, northern al-Hasakah, Northeastern Syria. 

A missile explosion killed a Syrian government forces member and injured two SDF fighters, northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. 

The Syrian government tortured to death a woman from the city of al-Quriyah, 55 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, in the Syrian government forces' prisons in Damascus.

On Wednesday, the Initial Response Team of the al-Raqqa Civil Council retrieved six new bodies from a cemetery near the town of al-Hamrat, 28 kilometers east of al-Raqqa.

On Tuesday, the prices of gold increased by 3,000 Syrian pounds in two days in most Syrian governmentes, amidst the ongoing decline of the Syrian pound.

Drivers crowded at the Takamul Fuel Company in the al-Mazzeh area in Damascus after the Syrian government decided to change the categories of people who benefit from supporting petrol.

Precautionary procedures against COVID-19 were absent in public transportation vehicles after the Syrian government reoperated them in the city of Hama, Central Syria. 

Political and international updates

On Tuesday, six European states demanded members in the UN Security Council to account the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against civilians in 2017. 


On Tuesday, the Turkish Health Ministry said that 70 percent of people who contracted the coronavirus in Turkey have recovered after registering 3,109 cases of recovery today. The ministry added that the total number of recoveries is at 98,988.

On Wednesday, the Jordanian Health Ministry registered six new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 582. 

On Wednesday, the deaths from COVID-19 in Iran increased to 6,783 after registering 50 new ones.

On Wednesday, the Lebanese Health Ministry registered eight new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of cases to 878.

On Wednesday, India registered 74,925 cases of COVID-19, coming twelfth in the world in terms of registered cases, preceded by China that registered 82,926 cases.