Weather exacerbates humanitarian situation in north-western Syria Jan 26, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaBerlinThe humanitarian situation for hundreds of thousands of refugees in north-western Syria has worsened due to fresh snowfall.Around the cities of Idlib and Aleppo, thousands of tents were damaged or destroyed, Syria country director of the Welthungerhilfe organization, Else Kirk, told dpa on Tuesday.“The situation for the people in the camps is devastating. Their mattresses are wet and cannot be dried, there is a lack of blankets.Many refugees also have no money to heat their homes in the cold winter temperatures,” Kirk added.According to the United Nations, around 250,000 people in need in the region are affected by snow, rain and low temperatures.There have been “real horror scenes” in the past few days as a result of the extremely cold weather, United Nations Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Mark Cutts, said on Monday.“Our humanitarian workers have been pulling people out from under these collapses tents,” he said.Many of these people do not have shovels or other equipment to clear the snow and have been using their bare hands, Cutts explained.The north-western region is the last rebel-stronghold in the country.Around 2.8 million refugees live there, most of them in camps, according to the UN.The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests against President Bashar al-Assad, which turned into a civil war.Forces loyal al-Assad currently control about 70 per cent of Syria’s territory. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Mali junta orders Danish special forces to leave Jan 26, 2022 0 0 UN calls for ‘swift return’ to democracy in Burkina Faso Jan 26, 2022 0 0 From Istanbul to Athens, heavy snowfall causes travel chaos Jan 26, 2022 0 0 19 killed in club fire sparked by fighting in Indonesia’s West Papua province dpa Jakarta At least 19 people were killed overnight after a dispute at a nightclub sparked a fire in Indonesia’s West Papua province, police and local television said on Tuesday. The Double O club in Sorong city was .. Millions in Central Asia without electricity after technical problem Moscow Millions of people in the central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were left without electricity after a major technical outage on Tuesday. The Kazakh Energy Ministry said an important .. Xi meets Bach, promises ‘simple, safe’ Olympics dpa Beijing Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, pleding that the upcoming Beijing Winter Games will be a success despite the coronavirus .. Red Cross: Humanitarian aid in Yemen increasingly difficult Berlin The Red Cross has warned that the humanitarian aid situation is deteriorating in Yemen because of a lack of funding and access to people in need. “Access to the displaced and to the different groups is more and more .. Israeli experts recommend fourth vaccine dose for everyone over 18 Tel Aviv An Israeli government panel of experts on Tuesday recommended expanding eligibility for an extra vaccine booster to everyone aged 18 and up. The recommendation for a fourth dose applies to any adult so long as at .. Australian government secures Aboriginal flag copyright SydneyThe Australian government has completed a deal to obtain the copyright of the Aboriginal flag, making it freely available for public use for the first time. It comes after a long-running “free the flag” campaign .. Iran gets UN voting rights back dpa New York Iran has paid part of its debt to the United Nations off and had its voting rights in the UN General Assembly reinstated.The leadership in Tehran transferred more than 18 million dollars to the ..