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17 04, 2024
  • Abed and his brother George, Syrian refugees from Homs, look out from their balcony in Burj Hammoud, a town just east of Beirut, 14/04/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Fear grips Syrian communities as violence surges in Lebanon

By Hanna Davis|2024-04-18T21:49:08+02:00April 17, 2024|

The killing of a member of a right-wing Christian political party in Lebanon last week, attributed by the army to Syrian carjackers, unleashed a torrent of violence and threats against refugees, leaving many afraid to leave their homes.

11 04, 2024
  • A Syrian supermarket chain sells Syrian product and sweets in Cairo’s southern Maadi neighborhood, 17/3/2024 (Lyse Mauvais/Syria Direct)

In Egypt’s ‘Little Syria,’ a golden age dims

By Lyse Mauvais|2024-04-11T14:40:24+02:00April 11, 2024|

Egypt is home to 1.5 million Syrians, thousands of whom have opened successful businesses in the country. Many consider Egypt a safe haven compared to other states in the region, where anti-refugee sentiments are on the rise. However, amid a worsening economic crisis, this golden age may be nearing its end.

4 04, 2024
  • Clan leaders, notables and commanders with the Syrian military security-affiliated 8th Brigade participate in a clan reconciliation agreement in the northern Daraa countryside town of Mahajja in February. Among the group are Colonel Nasim Abu Ara (far right) and the brigade’s deputy commander, Ali al-Miqdad, known as Ali Bash (center, carrying white flag), 12/2/2024 (Busra Press)

Daraa residents turn to clan reconciliation over the court system

By Walid Al Nofal|2024-04-09T14:19:20+02:00April 4, 2024|

People in Syria’s southern Houran region have long turned to clan reconciliation processes to resolve thorny disputes. The practice increased after 2011, and peaked over the past three years, with residents choosing the clans over the courts with the encouragement of regime legal representatives.

29 03, 2024
  • The Men of Dignity movement, the largest local faction in Suwayda, destroys a seized shipment of narcotics that was set to be smuggled from the southern Syrian province into Jordan, 9/2/2024 (Suwayda 24)

Communities in southern Syria take on the drug trade

By Walid Al Nofal|2024-03-29T18:27:02+01:00March 29, 2024|

Communities and local armed groups in Syria’s southern Suwayda and Daraa provinces are taking the fight against drug traffickers and smugglers into their own hands. With Damascus and Hezbollah profiting from the trade, they face an uphill battle.

26 03, 2024
  • A truck targeted by the Jordanian Armed Forces while attempting to cross into Jordan from Syria carrying a load of drugs, 24/3/2021 (Jordanian Armed Forces)

How Suwayda became a drug-smuggling hub

By Karam Mansour|2024-04-09T14:22:14+02:00March 26, 2024|

In Syria’s southern Suwayda province, suspected Jordanian airstrikes hunt drug traffickers and kill civilians. Regime-linked gangs operate with impunity and smugglers ferry drugs over the border. Local armed groups fight back. How did we get here?

25 03, 2024
  • The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Syria’s public Aleppo University, 10/3/2024 (Syria Direct)

Syrian students’ futures hostage to brokers and state employee bribes

By Salam Ali|2024-03-25T18:16:30+01:00March 25, 2024|

To obtain records from Syrian public universities, students must apply in person or through legal proxies. If this is not possible, or if they are wanted by the security services, they are forced to pay hundreds of dollars in bribes to state employees through brokers.

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