4/23/2014

  • Ahmad Jarba, head of the Syrian National Coalition, met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulazizand Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to ask for Saudi Arabia to increase its help to the insurgents.

  • The UN warned of imminent disaster in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee campin southern Damascus, which has not been able to receive supplies for 14 days.

–30 people starved to death recently, bringing the total since the camp was put under siege last year by regime forces to 100.

–The camp currently houses 20,000 people, who rely on food aid to survive.

–Opposition forces claim that the number of people under siege in southern Damascus is 50,000 since the siege is not limited to just the camp.


  • Turkey sent it’s first military convoy into Syria, deploying six tanks, 12 armored vehicles, and 300 soldiers to the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, which lies 25 kilometers inside Aleppo province.

–The tomb has been under Turkish sovereignty since a treaty signed in 1921.

–They were deployed 200 meters from ISIL positions.

–The ISIL warned that they had 72 hours to leave.


  • China’s foreign ministry announced that it was investigating the claims that the chlorine gas containers used in recent chemical attacks bore the name of Norinco, China’s largest arms manufacturer.

  • The Arab League criticized Syria’s plans to hold elections this June, saying “Practically, a fair, democratic and credible elections could not take place in the middle of the humanitarian tragedy that the children of the Syrian people are living…and with over 6 million homeless Syrians” .

  • Lebanese security forces delivered 40 days worth of food aid and evacuated 10 wounded people, 9 Syrians and one Lebanese, from the border village of Tfeil.

–It was reported last week that roads leading to the village had been cut off by the Syrian army as part of their offensive in Qalamoun.

–Lebanon’s interior minister, Nuhad Machnouok, said that he was cooperating with Hezbollah to evacuate Syrian families outside the village after he was unable to contact Syrian officials.


  • State media claimed that 115 rebels turned in their weapons at Quneitra.

  • The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that no state has yet asked it to investigate the recent allegations of chemical weapon attacks.

  • State media said that a Russian plane with 34 tons of aid landed in Latakia.
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