Diana Al Rifai

Diana is a journalist covering the Middle East, mainly covering politics, human rights, the refugee crisis and the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Prior to working at Al Jazeera, she was an assistant producer at Deutsche Welle in Berlin. She has previously worked at the American Academy in Berlin and worked with several NGO's helping Syrian refugees in Lebanon,Turkey and internally displaced people inside Syria.

Diana holds a BA in international affairs and a minor in political science from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. She is currently working on achieving her Master's degree in International Relations from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.

Syria's Civil War

How a Syrian NGO is rebuilding destroyed parts of Idlib

The Violet Organization is working to restore schools, roads, parks and public spaces in the rebel-held province.

Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugee crisis: All your questions answered

More than five million people have fled Syria since the conflict began, and half of them are children.

Middle East

Who and where are the Kurds?

One of the world's largest stateless people that reside primarily in mountainous regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey

Syria's Civil War

Syria's de-escalation zones: 'We don't trust Russia'

Residents say new deal could benefit civilians but they also fear it might cover up for future government violations.

War & Conflict

Syria's besieged communities

UN: Hundreds of thousands of civilians live in besieged areas across five provinces and are denied basic necessities.

War & Conflict

Under Siege: Syria's Eastern Ghouta

Suburb, 15km east of Damascus has an estimated population of 400,000, who have been under siege since 2013.

Middle East

Kurdish forces 'take 90 percent' of Syria's Tabqa

US-backed forces have advanced in Tabqa as they eye the ISIL stronghold of Raqqa, a spokesperson says.

Middle East

Infighting in Syria's Ghouta leaves nearly 100 dead

Clashes between armed groups in Damascus suburbs leave at least 95 people killed, monitor and residents say.

War & Conflict

Idlib hospitals overwhelmed after suspected gas attack

UN weighs possible war-crime probe as medical workers in rebel-held Idlib province struggle to cope with casualties.

Middle East

Air strike destroys hospital in Idlib's Maaret al-Numan

Russia accused of bombing central hospital in Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province, injuring several people.

War & Conflict

Peace hopes fade as Syrian army tightens grip on Aleppo

Government recaptures key towns from rebels, as doubts grow about a pause in fighting and humanitarian crisis worsens.