UN chief warns parties involved in evacuating civilians that forced displacement is only permissible for guaranteeing safety or 'for imperative military necessity'.
In-depth: Syrians are far from confident that US missile strikes against Assad are more than a publicity stunt to benefit a flagging Washington administration, report Adam Lucente and Zouhir al-Shimale.
Moscow reaffirmed its support for the Syrian regime's military despite the horrific killing of scores of civilians in a chemical attack on a village in opposition territory.
The US Secretary of State has warned Russia to re-think its support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime after it was blamed for a major chemical attack.
Comment: The toxic gas attack in Khan Sheikhun this week is clear evidence of Assad's impunity, and the international community's disregard for their 'Responsibility to Protect', writes Mona Alami.
Military operations in populated towns and villages in Hama, Damascus, Idlib, Aleppo, Daraa, Raqqa and Deir Az-Zour governorates 'have killed and injured hundreds of civilians over the past weeks.'
Turkey on Wednesday said its "Euphrates Shield" military campaign in northern Syria had been "successfully concluded".
Comment: Despite recent violence reminding us that the Syrian conflict is by no means over, debate is raging around how the country will be rebuilt, writes James Denselow.
Comment: On the anniversary of the Halabja massacre in the Iraq-Iran war, Tehran should honour its own victims of chemical weapons attacks, writes Tara Sepehri Far.
Analysis: Turkey's interests in Syria are many, and it may seek to use its FSA allies as a proxy in the north-west when Ankara eventually withdraws, writes Paul Iddon.