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As dust clears in Syria, humanitarian crises remain

Syrian civil defense members conduct search and rescue operations at the site of the blast in Idlib on April 10, 2018
Syrian civil defense members conduct search and rescue operations after an explosion that killed 15 civilians and injured 36 in Idlib on April 10, 2018. Photo: Husam Ahmet/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Last week’s strikes against Syria won’t change the arc of the conflict, nor will they alleviate the suffering of the civilian population: chemical weapons are responsible for but a tiny fraction of that suffering, and their absence will not stop the Assad regime from pressing its military advantage.

What’s next: Diplomats and donors must take steps to address looming humanitarian crises in two conflict-ravaged regions in northern Syria.