Turkey’s plan to recruit mercenaries from Syria for the Libyan battlefield is gaining traction but appears to creating rifts among the Syrian opposition as fighters are lured to Libya by Turkish promises of money and more.
The United Nations has released its latest report on gender equality. Among the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia ranked among the highest while Syria, Iraq and Yemen ranked the lowest. Across the Middle East, the issue of citizenship law was noted as a problem in many countries.
Human Rights Watch, the New York-based organisation, called on Lebanese authorities to amend the citizenship law that discriminates against Lebanese women married to foreigners. The law dictates that a Lebanese mother can not give citizenship to her children, while a Lebanese man, married to a foreigner, can.
According to Syrians for Truth and Justice, a Syrian NGO, Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds are deprived of their Syrian citizenship due to the 1962 census. The group also estimates that over 46,000 Syrian Kurds remain stateless.
In the multicultural city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, a Syrian refugee made her life taking care of the Syriac Mor Petrus and Mor Pavlus church. The refugee who arrived in Mardin in 2016 says it is hard for her to return to Syria.