Syria has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, when violence broke out in the wake of uprisings against the government and pro-Assad forces.
Since March 2011 Syria has been torn by violence. In a wave of protests extending the mass revolutions of the Arab Spring in North Africa, Syrians took to the streets to demand more freedoms and constitutional protections from the government of Bashar al-Assad. The protests were violently suppressed and the country divided along religious and political lines. An exodus of refugees has flooded neighboring countries while the international community deliberates peace initiatives.
Brexit talks get underway - The Grenfell Tower tragedy brings together the UK's Sierra Leonean community – Nato exercises in the Baltics - The Museum of Failure in Sweden - Tensions in Turkey over refugees from Syria and Iraq - On trial for people smuggling and murder in Hungary – Migrants and unaccompanied minors in Serbia - Midsummer celebrations Icelandic style - Happy elders in the Netherlands
It was the UN World Refugee Day on Tuesday and for the third successive year, Turkey was designated the country hosting the most refugees. There are currently over 3 million Syrians and Iraqis who have sought sanctuary in Turkey. But as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, while the government continues to welcome the refugees, there are growing tensions about their presence in the country.
A trial has begun in Hungary in which four men are charged with murdering seventy one refugees found dead in a truck in Austria nearly two years ago. The victims were men, women and children from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, being smuggled into Europe by people they had paid. As Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna neither the tragedy nor the trial has stopped the trafficking of migrants into Europe.