Russia, China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria: diplomats | AFP

Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN Christoph Heusgen announces that a UN Security Council resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria has not been adopted after two permanent members, Russia and China, voted to veto the extension. SOUNDBITE

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Reviving Syria’s famed and unique water wheels | AFP

On a riverbank in Syria’s Hama, Mohammed Sultan tinkers away on a giant water wheel, one of a dwindling number of artisans able to restore the city’s ancient wooden landmarks. Used for centuries to bring water to gardens and buildings on the shores of the Orontes River, the water wheels or “norias” of Hama are believed to be unique worldwide, according to UNESCO.

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Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes | AFP

Watching a combine harvester grind through his golden fields of wheat, farmer Yahya Mahmoud is relieved the yield looks good this year, even as a tanking economy leaves millions hungry across war-torn Syria.

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Italy seizes drugs made in Syria worth one billion euros | AFP

Italian police released video of a seizure of a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.

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Italy seizes IS-made drugs worth one billion euros | AFP

Italian police released video of a seizure of a 14-tonne haul of amphetamines made by the Islamic State group in Syria, calling it the biggest seizure of such drugs in the world.

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Syria donors conference pledges 6.9 billion euros | AFP

Janez Lenarcic, EU Commissioner for crisis management, announces that international donors pledged 6.9 billion euros ($7.7 billion) to face the ongoing humanitarian challenges of the nine-year Syrian crisis. SOUNDBITE

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France’s Macron holds videoconference with Russian president Putin | AFP

At the ElysΓ©e Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron talks to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by videoconference. They discuss the military parade celebrating the 1945 victory which has just taken place in Moscow, the “strategic dialogue” engaged between their two countries, as well as current crises, such as Libya or Syria. IMAGES

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Kurdish female volunteers guard wheat fields against jihadists threat | AFP

Kurdish female volunteers, from the newly formed Community Protection Forces, guard wheat fields following threats by jihadists to burn the crops, during harvest season near the city of Rmeilan in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.

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Syrian woman protests outside worldwide torture trial in Germany | AFP

Syrian campaigner Wafa Mustafa sits regularly outside the court house in Koblenz, Germany, since the first international court case over state-sponsored torture by the Assad regime began in April. Wafa was part of the resistance movement against the Syrian government and had to flee Syria when her father was arrested. She fled to Germany in 2016.

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George Floyd murals painted across the globe to pay tribute | AFP

From Minneapolis, where George Floyd died while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a police officer, to a town in Syria’s Idlib province and the West Bank: murals have been painted across the globe in tribute to Floyd.

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Syrians in rebel-held Idlib pay tribute to George Floyd | AFP

Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun paint a mural depicting George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who died while while being arrested and pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, in the town of Binnish in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province.

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Daily life in Syria displacement camp ahead of Eid al-Fitr feast | AFP

Syrians prepare for the Eid al-Fitr feast marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, at a camp for the internally displaced near the village of Killi in the northwestern Idlib province.

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Former IS slaves try to rebuild lives

For Yazidi women like Laila Taloo, the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate meant death to their men, rape and slavery for them. IS no longer holds any territory in Iraq and Syria, but many Yazidis are still missing. (May 21)

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Displaced Syrians try to salvage belongings after fire rips through Idlib camp | AFP

Syrians gather around their charred tents and try to salvage what is left of their belongings after a fire that was reportedly caused by a cooking accident destroyed dozens of temporary shelters housing displaced Syrians, in the Deir Hassan camp for the displaced, in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province’s northern countryside near the Turkish border.

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Internally displaced Syrians in Idlib prepare for iftar during Ramadan | AFP

Displaced Syrians prepare for iftar at the internally displaced camp of Qah village in Syria’s Idlib province, during the holy month of Ramadan, as the fear of the spread of coronavirus keeps on haunting them.

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Displaced Syrian family returns to destroyed frontline Idlib town over virus fears | AFP

Mohammad al-Sakhour and his family clear rubble after returning to their partially destroyed home in the frontline village of Al-Nayrab in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, which they had left to flee a Russian-backed regime offensive. They returned to the area from a displacement camp in the north of the jihadist-controlled area out of fear the crowded conditions would provide ripe ground for the spread of the coronavirus.

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Young woman trains to be first female barber in northeastern Syria | AFP

Aimee Moussa, a 17-year Syrian from the northeastern border town of Qamishli, is going against local tradition and training to become the area’s first female barber.

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Displaced Syrians break Ramadan fast amid rubble of former home | AFP

Tareq Abu Ziad and his family break the daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan while sitting in the rubble of their destroyed home in the town of Ariha in the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib. They fled the area late last year during a deadly Russia-backed regime offensive against the jihadist-dominated region, but returned for the day to sit amid the memories of their former home.

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Battle For Idlib | Full Segment | VICE on SHOWTIME

Correspondent Isobel Yeung gains rare access inside Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held territory, as President Assad and his allies mount a brutal bombing offensive that has civilians paying the highest price.

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Syrian widows prepare Ramadan meals for Idlib residents in need | AFP

Syrian widows in protective gear prepare iftar meals for Idlib residents in need and displaced communities during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the city of Idlib, in war-torn Syria, which has officially recorded 42 COVID-19 cases and four deaths from the respiratory disease. Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for a bleak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers.

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Battle For Idlib | Full Segment | VICE on SHOWTIME

Correspondent Isobel Yeung gains rare access inside Idlib, Syria’s last rebel-held territory, as President Assad and his allies mount a brutal bombing offensive that has civilians paying the highest price.

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Flares launched by Israeli army light up Lebanon border | AFP

The night sky of the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun lights up as the Israeli army launches flares, days after an Israeli drone targeted a car of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement just inside Syria near the border with Lebanon.

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