• Published on 15 Jan 2018 Sections World

    David Beasley, who’s executive director of the World Food Programme, discusses conflicts including Syria and Yemen.

  • Published on 15 Jan 2018 Sections World

    Tens of thousands of  Syrians have  fled their homes. Now officials are warning of a potential “refugee catastrophe” amid a ferocious government assault on Idlib, the last Syrian province under rebel control. Aid organisations are also warning of another humanitarian catastrophe in eastern Goutha, where hundreds of thousands of people are trapped under heavy bombardment.

  • Published on 27 Dec 2017 Sections

    In Syria, critically ill patients have been allowed to leave the rebel held area of eastern Ghouta to get medical care. Four hundred thousand people have been under siege for months and many are in desperate need of treatment available just minutes away in the capital Damascus. The deal to get a limited number out…

  • Published on 21 Dec 2017 Sections Politics, World

    It’s a year since rebels lost the city of Aleppo to Syrian and Russian forces – a turning point in the war, and a decisive win for President Assad. This programme reported extensively from inside the besieged city with reports by filmmaker Waad Al-Khateab – but it was the fate of one man – who…

  • Published on 27 Nov 2017 Sections Middle East

    They are under siege. They are under constant bombardment. Now shocking new pictures reveal the agony of life in the Damascus suburb of east Ghouta, under government blockade, where activists say 19 civilians died in a wave of attacks by Syrian forces yesterday. Rebels fired several mortars into a Damascus neighbourhood in response.

  • Published on 9 Nov 2017 Sections

    The UN’s humanitarian advisor on Syria has warned of a “complete catastrophe”  and a return to “the bleakest days of this conflict”,  as the regime refuses to let hundreds of injured women and children leave an area it is bombing. The UN advisor, Jan Egeland, said around 400 people needed urgent medical evacuation from Eastern…

  • Published on 3 Nov 2017 Sections World

    The Syrian army says it has recaptured the strategic city of Deir al-Zour. The city had been held by the extremist Islamic State group for the last three years and was its last major position in Syria after recently losing control of Raqqa. Iraqi forces say they’ve also seized control of a crucial border crossing…

  • Published on 24 Oct 2017 Sections UK, World

    A Briton who had been fighting against so-called Islamic State in Syria has been killed while clearing landmines in Raqqa just days after it was liberated. 24 year old Jac Holmes, who was a former IT worker from Bournemouth, had no prior military training before he joined up with the Kurdish militia, the YPG, two…

  • Published on 24 Oct 2017 Sections World

    Juliette Touma, the director of communications in the Middle East for Unicef, discusses the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

  • Published on 24 Oct 2017 Sections World

    The headlines about the demise of IS forces in Syria have taken attention away from the ongoing humanitarian crisis. About 3.5 million people in Syria are thought to live in besieged areas, surrounded and trapped by troops loyal to the Assad government. A warning: there are extremely distressing images of sick children from the very…

  • Published on 22 Oct 2017 Sections World

    As Britain pledges £10 million in aid for the ruined Syrian city of Raqqa, we hear from several families who’ve lived there since the so-called Islamic State proclaimed it their political capital and survived the brutal battle to drive the jihadists out. Their home was liberated by the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. Film-maker Gabriel Chaim…

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections

    Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chair of the foreign affairs committee, and journalist Rania Abouzeid discuss the fall of Raqqa.

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections

    After a five-month onslaught backed by US airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State. The western backed troops drove IS fighters from their last holdouts this morning, freeing the remaining civilians who had been trapped inside. IS’s capital was one of the final bastions of…

  • Published on 9 Oct 2017 Sections

    Idlib province in north-west Syria has faced an intensive bombing campaign conducted by President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies. Yesterday an airstrike on a market reportedly killed ten people, including two children. Following a military push by President Assad, backed by Russian airstrikes, he has regained control of half the country. The people of…

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections World

    In Northern Syria, Kurdish and Arab forces have made major gains against the Islamic State in Raqqa, the capital of their purported Caliphate. The most significant Arab contingent fighting Isis comes from one of the largest tribes in the Middle East – the Shammar.