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Situation at "boiling point" at refugee center on Greek island: UN

The United Nations refugee agency urged Greece Friday to speed up transfers of eligible asylum-seekers from Aegean islands to the mainland, saying conditions at an overcrowded Lesbos reception center were "reaching boiling point." Lesbos, not far from Turkey in the northeastern Aegean...

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Assad regime ready to take 1 million returning refugees: Moscow

Assad regime ready to take 1 million returning refugees: Moscow

Russia's defense minister said Tuesday that war-torn Syria would be ready to accept one million returning refugees, following Moscow-backed reconstruction work. "Since 2015, when towns and villages gradually started to be freed, more than one million people have returned home," Sergei...

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Syrian refugee 'slashed in mass knife brawl' near Turkish border

Syrian refugee 'slashed in mass knife brawl' near Turkish border

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A Syrian refugee has been 'slashed' in mass knife brawl in the Turkish province of Şanlıurfa, relatives told Zaman al-Wasl Sunday. The relatives have claimed that 10 Syrian refugees from the northern province Hasaka were involved in the mass brawl in the border town...

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Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

The Russian Defense Ministry says it's coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said in a conference call on Wednesday that included Russian and Syrian officials that work is underway to rebuild dozens of Syria's power stations, schools and...

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Syrian refugee return set for Monday: Lebanese Security

Syrian refugee return set for Monday: Lebanese Security

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Lebanese General Security announced Sunday that “a number” of Syrian refugees are set to return to Syria the following day from the Bekaa region as well as from Shebaa in the south. Over the past few weeks, about 1600 Syrian refugees have returned to Syria, most...

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1000 displaced leave Hasaka towards Kurdish-held areas in Deir Ezzor

1000 displaced leave Hasaka towards Kurdish-held areas in Deir Ezzor

(Zaman Al Wasl)- About 1000 displaced have been forced to leave al-Hol camp in Hasaka province towards a Kurdish-held territory in eastern Deir Ezzor province, local activists said Thursday. The forced evacuation was due to the arrival of Iraqi displaced to the refugee camp of al-Hol,...

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Migrant boat sinks off Turkey killing 7 children, 2 women

Migrant boat sinks off Turkey killing 7 children, 2 women

Turkey's state-run news agency says a boat carrying migrants has capsized off the Turkish coast in the Aegean sea, killing seven children and two women. Anadolu Agency says four other migrants were rescued from the rubber boat that sank early on Thursday off the resort of Kusadasi....

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New German law raises Syrian family’s hopes

New German law raises Syrian family’s hopes

When Oudai al-Homsi left his wife, toddler son and 8-month-old daughter in Jordan to seek asylum in Germany in 2015, he thought it would be a matter of months before they could join him. He hasn’t seen them since. Homsi, 28, settled in Berlin and authorities granted him subsidiary...

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Refugees who return to Syria may face lifetime ban on Lebanon's entry: security

Refugees who return to Syria may face lifetime ban on Lebanon's entry: security

(Zaman Al Wasl)- As hundreds of Syrian refugees seek a voluntarily return to Syria , the Lebanese General Security announced its will to create centers to register refugees after earlier outlining conditions for returnees who are in violation of residency requirements, including lifetime bans...

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Lebanon: three Syrian workers killed in bakery fire

Lebanon: three Syrian workers killed in bakery fire

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Three Syrian workers have died when a huge fire broke out at a bakery in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre, media outlets reported Sunday. The blaze took hold at the bakery in the al-Bus area. Footage from the scene showed near total devastation. The...

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Thousands of displaced Syrian confined to camps

Thousands of displaced Syrian confined to camps

(HRW)- The de facto authorities of two areas of northeast Syria are unlawfully restricting the movement of people who escaped from Islamic State (also known as ISIS)-held areas in displacement camps, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities from the Syrian Democratic Council, a...

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Lebanon: fourth batch of refugees to return to Syria next week

Lebanon: fourth batch of refugees to return to Syria next week

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- The fourth batch of refugees will return next week to Syria from the Lebanese border town of Arsal, topping the number of voluntarily returned refugees to 2600, Zaman al-Wasl report said. The new batch of refugees is due to enter Syria as the evacuation procedures...

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1.5M Syrians benefit from Turkish Red Crescent cards

1.5M Syrians benefit from Turkish Red Crescent cards

Nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey will benefit from debit cards till the end of 2020, Turkish Red Crescent head said Monday. The cards are issued by the Turkish Red Crescent, as part of the UN-backed Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) program. The European Commission...

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Nearly 700 Syrian refugees in Arsal head home to Qalamoun region

Nearly 700 Syrian refugees in Arsal head home to Qalamoun region

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A third installment of refugees who had signed up to return to Syria started their journey home from the Lebanese border town of Arsal Monday morning, the Lebanese Daily Star reported. About 700 Syrian refugees who have been living near the border town of Arsal back to...

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Lebanon:1200 Syrian refugees will return to Syria

Lebanon:1200 Syrian refugees will return to Syria

(Zaman Al Wasl)- About 1200 Syrian refugees who have been living near the Lebanese border town of Arsal will return to Syria by Thursday, local reporter said. The refugees will return backed to their towns in the western Qalamoun region which overlooking on the Lebanese Bekka Valley....

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Lebanon shuts down medical center provides free care for Syrian refugees

Lebanon shuts down medical center provides free care for Syrian refugees

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- Lebanese Health Ministry has shut down a medical center providing free health care for hundreds of Syrian refugees, such a move deepened their suffering amid mounting pressure to push the displaced out of Lebanon, activists said Saturday. The Lebanese ministry...

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377 Arsal refugees returned to Syria

377 Arsal refugees returned to Syria

Lebanese General Security said 377 refugees who had been living near the northeastern border town of Arsal returned to Syria Saturday, in a voluntary return the agency coordinated with the UNHCR, the Daily Star reported. Most of the refugees are from the western Qalamoun...

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500 refugees to move back to Syria from Arsal

500 refugees to move back to Syria from Arsal

(Zaman Al Wasl)- About 500 refugees in the Lebanese town of Arasl are expected to return to Syria due to reconciliation deal brokered by the Hezbollah militia, sources said. Most of the refugees are from the western Qalamoun region, according not Zaman al-Wasl reporter....

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