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Preface: Practices of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-HTS/formerly al-Nusra Front[1] have varied against many civil institutions and civilians in the areas they control, especially in Idlib[2], the city center, and Arihah[3] city in the south west countryside of Idlib. HTS seeks to exert more control over all aspects of life in those areas and attempts to dye them with a radical Islamic ideology, either through the so-called Sawa’id al-Khair (Goodwill Corps) launched in Idlib city (Idlib province center) on August 10, 2017, or through the Committee of...
Preface: Thousands of children in Syria face serious violations of their rights, including sexual violence in detention centers and other places, killing, recruitment and using them frequently in military operations fighting in the ranks of Syrian conflict parties. In response to Security Council resolutions concerning children and armed conflict, including Resolution No. 2225 (2015), the Secretary-General of the United Nations is requested to report annually on children and armed conflict issues. In his latest report, issued on August 24, 2017, the Secretary-General stated that incidents of children recruitment...
Preface: On January 3, 2018, Syrian regular forces were able to impose their full control over the Beit Jinn area in western Damascus countryside, after a siege on several villages for more than four years, such as Beit Jinn, Mazraat Beit Jinn and Mughr al-Meer[1], and that pushed those villages to join settlement agreements[2] on  December 27, 2017, in return for the cessation of the violent military campaign that had begun on those villages on September 2017, in which various types of weapons were used besides the...