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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?

16 01, 2024
  • A Syrian family organizes their last month of aid from the World Food Program at their home in the Idlib countryside’s Atma displacement camp in December, the same month the UN body announced it would suspend its in-kind food assistance program across Syria due to a lack of funding

Syrians lose WFP lifeline as US slashes funding

By Natacha Danon|2024-02-01T12:12:58+01:00January 16, 2024|

Millions of Syrians face hunger with the suspension of all in-kind WFP food aid this month, in part due to major cuts to US funding. US aid cuts of up to 50 percent are expected across all humanitarian sectors in 2024, senior humanitarian sources said.

15 12, 2023
  • Students gather at the entrance of the middle and high school in the village of Burj al-Qas, in the Sherawa subdistrict south of Afrin, 10/12/2023 (Syria Direct)

Education in Afrin’s ‘line of contact’ villages hostage to unpredictable shelling

By Salam Ali|2023-12-18T13:53:27+01:00December 15, 2023|

Villages on the line of contact between regime and Turkish-backed opposition forces in the southern Afrin countryside live under constant threat of unpredictable shelling. The volatile security situation leaves families choosing between sending their children to school, despite the risks, or depriving them of an education in the hopes of keeping them safe.

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