5/29/2014

  • The White House said that it will be increasing its support for the opposition, and that it has plans to train moderate rebels.
      • The CIA is already thought to train rebels secretly in Jordan.

  • Syria’s embassy in Lebanon said that 246,000 people cast ballots yesterday for the presidential election.

  • The EU has renewed sanctions on the Syrian government put in place last May that were set to expire on June 1. They will now expire June 1 2015.

  • Footage of people fleeing from rural Idlib to the cities to escape fighting. Rebels have made significant advances in Idlib recently, including the consolidation of Khan Shaykhoun earlier this week. 

  • Medical aid reached Douma, in Eastern Ghouta, for the first time in 19 months. The rebel-held town has been under siege since November 2012. 

Two airstrikes hit the town as aid was being distributed.

      • The WHO said nearly half of Douma’s 50,000 residents are in need of medical assistance.

  • Ban Ki-moon, the UN General Secretary, said that Syria will miss the June 30th deadline to hand over its remaining chemical weapons. 8% of the stockpile currently remains.

  • The OPCW said that its inspectors were briefly abducted on Tuesday by gunmen who ambushed their convoy as they retreated from an IED attack. They were released after rebels intervened.

  • A car bomb on Maarat an-Nasan, in Idlib province, killed at least 13 people and wounded many more.


  • A UN report was released that covers June-December 2013.
      • The report estimated that 75% of Syrians are impoverished and 54.3% live in extreme poverty.
      • GDP had dropped almost 40% since the beginning of the conflict.

  • More than half of school-age children can no longer attend school. In Raqqa and Aleppo provinces it is greater than 90%, and in Damascus province it is 68%.

  • The UN released a separate report, calling the widespread use of torture by the government and some rebel groups a crime against humanity.
      • The rebel groups specifically named ae the ISIL, Jahbat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and the Northern Storm and Tawhid brigades.

  • The ISIL was accused of killing 15 Kurds in Ras al-Ain.
      • 7 of the people killed were children.
      • At least 19 rebels and ISIL fighters were killed yesterday during fighting near Ras al-Ain which resulted in the ISIL capturing Tallat Bahouta.
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  • Riad al-Assad, one of the founders of the FSA, criticized foreign involvement in the war, saying that they all have their own agenda and cause rifts between the different rebel groups.

  • A group called the Syrian Salvation Front announced its formation in Idlib.
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