Rescue workers and residents in multiple cities are searching for survivors, after a powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked wide swaths of Turkey and Syria early on Monday.
Millions of people could be cut off from assistance if the Bab al-Hawa crossing, along the border between Turkey and Syria, closes. Basma Alloush, policy and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, spoke with The World's Marco Werman about what's at stake.
The news that Syria has been appointed to the World Health Organization's executive board has outraged many Syrians who feel the Assad regime should be held accountable for war crimes.
Dalya Khaled al-Masoud was in the early months of her pregnancy in April 2017, when Syrian regime forces carried out a chemical attack near her town of Khan Sheikhoun. She experienced difficulty breathing, foaming at the mouth and even fainted. Later, her baby was born without limbs. She believes the chemical attack was the culprit.
Sometimes, the most basic services are not available to patients. And it can lead to dire consequences.
Syria is set to hold presidential elections this month. Syrians in Turkey view the exercise with cynicism and bitterness.
In Turkey, a center that helped get children and youth off the streets has been closed for more than a year amid the pandemic.
Most Syrian children have missed years — if not decades — of schooling due to war and displacement. The conditions in Lebanon mean they could miss even more.