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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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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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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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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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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In Syria, online salsa class sidesteps lockdown gloom | AFP

Inside her living room in the Syrian capital, Aline Srouji steps forward and backward at a near-dizzying pace, demonstrating to her students locked down at home how to Salsa.

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Coronavirus: NGO performs awareness play for displaced Syrian children | AFP

Syrian volunteers from the NGO ‘Violet’ perform in a play aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of the novel coronavirus pandemic for displaced children living in a camp in the Idlib province in northwestern Syria. Fears are high that the virus could spread rapidly among war-battered Syria’s most vulnerable communities.

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Health workers give COVID-19 awareness workshop to displaced Syrians | AFP

Displaced Syrians attend a workshop organised by medical volunteers affiliated with a Turkish-registered Syrian relief organisation aimed at spreading awareness about the coronavirus disease and precautions for its prevention, at a camp near the Syrian town of Atme close to the border with Turkey in Idlib province.

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Displaced families seek shelter at abandoned prison in Idlib, Syria | AFP

Displaced Syrian families who are running low on options for shelter ranging from abandoned schools to stadiums, seek shelter at an abandoned prison in the city of Idlib because of unaffordable rent prices and overpopulated camps. Poor living conditions is forcing around 95 families to live cramped together at an abandoned prison for the time being. Since December, the violence in northwestern Syria has sent more than 948,000 people fleeing their homes, according to the UN. More than 470 civilians have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war.

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Syria rescue workers sift through rubble after deadly air strikes in Idlib | AFP

Syrian Civil Defence rescue workers, also known as White Helmets, dig through the rubble in search of missing victims after deadly air strikes hit an area where displaced Syrians were staying on the outskirts of the town of Maaret Misrin in Idlib province. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 15 civilians including a child were killed in the strikes, which it attributed the Syrian government’s Russian ally. CONTENT WARNING: IMAGES OF DEAD, WOUNDED AND BLOOD // NO SOUND AT SOURCE ON AERIAL SHOTS

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Greek police arrest a group of migrants with children | AFP

Greek police arrest a group of Syrian migrants with babies and children at sunrise and take their phones, a few kilometres after they crossed into Greece from Turkey.

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Clashes escalate between Greek army and migrants on Turkish border | AFP

Greek security forces fire teargas at protesting migrants seeking to cross the border into Greece. More than 10,000 migrants have been blocked from entering Greece after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the stakes by vowing to allow refugees to travel to Europe from NATO-member Turkey as a way to pressure EU governments over the Syrian conflict across its southern border.

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Clashes escalate between Greek army and migrants on Turkish border | AFP

Footage from the Greek government shows clashes escalate between migrants at the Turkish border seeking to cross the border into Greece and the Greek military. Nearly 10,000 migrants have been blocked from entering Greece after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the stakes by vowing to allow refugees to travel to Europe from NATO-member Turkey as a way to pressure EU governments over the Syrian conflict across its southern border. IMAGES

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Displaced Syrian families take shelter in Idlib graveyard | AFP

Displaced Syrians fleeing a deadly regime onslaught on the Idlib region since December have taken shelter in a funeral hall in the town of Sarmada, spending their days amid tombstones in the the adjacent graveyard.

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