5 07, 2024
  • Syrians protest at the Bab al-Salama border crossing with Turkey in the northern Aleppo countryside in response to mob violence against Syrians in Turkey, 1/7/2024 (Ali Ahmad al-Najjar)

Anti-Syrian riots serve Ankara’s goal of refugee returns

By Walid Al Nofal|2024-07-08T14:34:20+02:00July 5, 2024|

While Ankara condemns anti-refugee riots and makes arrests in the wake of “the most violent wave of hatred” to date, Syrians in Turkey say the attacks indirectly serve the government’s goal of refugee returns as it signals normalization with Assad.

26 06, 2024
  • Members of a local faction in Syria’s southern Suwayda province stand in the back of a military vehicle at the northern entrance of Suwayda city after a night of clashes with regime forces, 23/6/2024 (Karam Mansour/Syria Direct)

Suwayda sidesteps a ‘spiral of violence’ following clashes

By Karam Mansour|2024-07-16T15:06:42+02:00June 26, 2024|

A new security checkpoint in Suwayda city sparked angry protests and armed clashes between local factions and regime forces before an agreement negotiated by local civil and religious leadership averted further escalation. The incident underscores the delicate balance of keeping the peace in the southern province.

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