Getty: Online Exhibition Explores Palmyra in English and Arabic

Getty: Online Exhibition Explores Palmyra in English and Arabic. “For centuries the ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra have captured the imagination–testaments to the legacy of the prosperous multicultural center of trade that once dominated the region. Return to Palmyra, a new website presented in English and Arabic, invites audiences to explore the rich history of the city, including an exhibition of rare 18th-century etchings and 19th-century photographs of the site, new scholarship, and a moving interview with Waleed Khaled al-As’ad about the modern-day experience of living and working among the ruins of this storied locale.”

Hindustan Times: Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them

Hindustan Times: Inspired by World War II photographers, Syrian archives pictures of Damascus homes to preserve them. “35-year-old Rania Kataf creates a digital archive of the buildings of Old Damascus, Syria’s war-torn capital, after being ‘inspired by European photographers who tried to document buildings in their cities during the Second World War so architects could later rebuild part of them’”

The Guardian: I work as a medic in Syria, where an unreported Covid-19 crisis is unfolding

The Guardian: I work as a medic in Syria, where an unreported Covid-19 crisis is unfolding. “I am a frontline healthcare professional working in a large public hospital in Syria. The country is facing an overwhelming but under-reported Covid-19 crisis among a population already beaten down by almost a decade of conflict and economic turmoil. I and my colleagues feel helpless and expect the worst.”

Phys .org: Destroyed ancient temple now open for virtual exploration

Phys .org: Destroyed ancient temple now open for virtual exploration. “Five years after its destruction, the ancient Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria has been digitally reconstructed by the UC San Diego Library’s Digital Media Lab using cutting-edge 3-D methods and artificial intelligence applications. Inspired by a past collaboration between the Library and UC San Diego’s Levantine Archeology Laboratory, this project has resulted in the digital preservation of more than a dozen lost reliefs, sculptures, frescos and paintings, all made publicly available on the Library’s Digital Collections website.”

The Guardian: Idlib reports first Covid-19 case and braces for fresh disaster

The Guardian: Idlib reports first Covid-19 case and braces for fresh disaster. “Idlib’s 3-million-strong population has been dreading a seemingly inevitable outbreak of the coronavirus in a province where 1.1 million people are living in tents and makeshift accommodation. The healthcare system, decimated by years of war and bombing campaigns carried out by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies, is already struggling to deal with malnutrition and other diseases.”

Harvard Gazette: Hikma Health’s new software allows patients to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms in refugee camps

Harvard Gazette: Hikma Health’s new software allows patients to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms in refugee camps. “When Senan Ebrahim was working in a Syrian refugee community in Jordan in 2017, he learned that one of doctors’ biggest needs was a way to collect and access patient health information. In 2018, the Ebrahim brothers founded Hikma Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that builds software for organizations providing health care to refugee populations.”

Exclusive – War-Weary Syria 2 Months Away from Coronavirus Devastation (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Asharq Al-Awsat: Exclusive – War-Weary Syria 2 Months Away from Coronavirus Devastation. “The impact of the new coronavirus outbreak in Syria will be like no other across the globe. The virus may already be spreading in the war-torn country where people have fled their homes to tents to escape fighting and where hospitals have not been spared the conflict. The ravaged country has splintered into three regions that are controlled by different powers and different armies.”

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death

Africa Times: Airwars site launch tracks U.S. in Somalia, amid claims of another civilian death. “There’s a new online database from Airwars, a not-for-profit project based at the University of London that tracks international military actions and assesses harm to civilian populations in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. The organization is now tracking incidents in Somalia, with an emphasis on how United States drone strikes used in the fight against al-Shabaab may be responsible for civilian deaths and injuries.”

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018

Syrian Network for Human Rights: A New Update to the World’s Most Comprehensive Database on the Syrian Conflict, Now Including the Data of the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Airwars for 2018 . “The international center, which specializes in analyzing data from conflicts worldwide, confirmed that the data which it has included from the Syrian Network for Human Rights on the Syrian conflict in 2018 led to the inclusion of more than 1,100 additional events to its database for 2018, with this information mostly covering events which were not previously documented in the Center’s database for the year.”

Heavy Rains in Hasakah: An Open-Source Analysis of Catastrophic Damage (Bellingcat)

Bellingcat: Heavy Rains in Hasakah: An Open-Source Analysis of Catastrophic Damage. “When the season of heavy rainfall began in war-torn Syria, the misery local residents and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have faced over the years was compounded by environmental setbacks. This open-source monitoring blog of the situation in north eastern Syria, currently controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), will look how the rains in the area have impacted the living and working conditions of civilians in local communities and IDP camps. The information available is based solely on remote sensing and open source information collected over the period of November and December 2018. ”