Noura Hourani worked as Syria Direct’s Senior Editor through August 2019. Through Noura’s work in leading Syria Direct’s newsroom, along with her coverage of human rights violations and women’s issues in Syria, she was selected as the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ (WAN-IFRA) Middle East and North Africa laureate in 2018. Noura has also participated in numerous workshops and trainings in Jordan focused on combating hate speech and radicalism in the media, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature.
AMMAN- In order to relieve the financial burden on Syrians living in Istanbul illegally, the ‘Syrian Societies Forum’—an umbrella organization of Syrian societies providing aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey—in coordination with the state of Istanbul, announced it would provide what it called “free transportation service for Syrians” for a limited time that ended in early August.
AMMAN- Abu Mohammed harvests vegetables from his impromptu farm, squeezed into just a few square meters of space inside al-Rukban camp. Today’s harvest of zucchini and eggplant will feed his family tonight.
In rebel-held Idlib province, Islamist coalition Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham has launched a crackdown on suspected hardline rivals in Syria’s northwest, following a wave of bombings and assassinations largely blamed on Islamic State sleeper cells.
Last week, a suspected Islamic State (IS) suicide bomber detonated themself inside a crowded restaurant in downtown Idlib city, killing several members of hardline faction Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham (HTS), which controls most of Syria’s rebel-held northwest.
AMMAN: Hardline Islamist fighters from Hay’at Tahrir a-Sham seized nearly a dozen towns and villages from rival Syrian opposition factions in the country’s northwest Tuesday morning, as inter-factional clashes continue to tip the balance of power across the rebel-held region for a second week.
AMMAN: East Aleppo’s a-Sukkari district was one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods, and among the last to fall, during the Syrian government’s crippling siege and intensive bombardment of the city in December 2016.