• 10 Feb 2018

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for the safe and dignified return of the Rohingya people to Myanmar. Hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority have fled what the UN has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Speaking during a visit to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, and ahead of meeting Aung San Suu…

  • 10 Feb 2018

    An Iranian drone flies into Israeli airspace from Syria. It is shot down by an Israeli aircraft. Then an Israeli aircraft is shot down by forces backing the Assad regime. The Israelis launch attacks on 12 mainly Iranian targets around Damascus. The Russians say this poses an unacceptable threat to their soldiers. And it all…

  • 15 Jan 2018

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

  • 15 Jan 2018

    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.

  • 27 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 21 Dec 2017

    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…

  • 27 Nov 2017

    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.

  • 9 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 3 Nov 2017

    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…

  • 24 Oct 2017

    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…

  • 24 Oct 2017

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

  • 24 Oct 2017

    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…

  • 22 Oct 2017

    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…

  • 17 Oct 2017

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

  • 17 Oct 2017

    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…