Syria DirectSyria Direct Staff2024-05-16T11:00:01+02:00

  • Workers pick strawberries in Rami Soulaq’s fields in Bidama, a town in the western countryside of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, 6/5/2024 (Mahmoud Hamza/Syria Direct)

Unlikely crops find fertile ground in Idlib

The unlikely fruit of war and displacement, unconventional crops like strawberries, broccoli and Damask roses are taking root in Idlib province, where they were seldom cultivated before the war.

  • Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati (center) poses for a picture with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides in Beirut, 5/2/2024 (Joseph Eid/AFP)

EU-Lebanon aid deal blows back on Syrian refugees

A billion-euro EU aid package to Lebanon, in part to stem migration, caused an uproar in the country and triggered a crackdown on Syrian refugees that advocates warn will only push more to flee abroad

  • Basil Hussein al-Batoush, 35, holds his youngest child on the balcony of their new apartment in Jounieh, roughly a month after municipal police evicted them and other Syrians from an apartment complex in the Lebanese coastal city, 9/5/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Thousands of Syrians facing eviction as Lebanon cracks down

Hundreds of Syrians in Lebanon have been evicted, and thousands more face losing their homes, as the country cracks down on refugees. Some 1,306 Syrian households and individuals have been evicted so far in 2024, compared to 78 in 2023.

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