Syrian government forces capture the town of Kafr Nabudah in an ongoing offensive, marking the first major territorial change between government and rebel forces since the start of the demilitarization agreement last year.
Turkish shelling kills 55 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria insurgents in northern Syria in retaliation for rocket attacks on Kilis, a Turkish border town. [https:--www.reuters.com-article-us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKCN0XZ05R (Reuters)] [http:--www.dailyprogress.com-news-world-wire-report-turkey-attacks-is-in-syria-militants-killed-article_4b13cd44-6a6b-5be8-91ba-5d4b5cf3af2b.html ("Daily Progress")] Three Spanish journalists were released after being abducted around Aleppo, Syria, and held hostage by the Al-Nusra Front since 13 July 2015. [https:--www.telegraph.co.uk-news-2016-05-07-three-spanish-journalists-released-in-syria-by-al-qaeda-group-af- ("The Telegraph")] Spillover of the Syrian Civil War
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that increased airstrikes by Russia have forced humanitarian assistance organizations to curtail their relief efforts, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in northern Syria.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon questions the legality of US plans to strike Syria without UN backing, saying that the use of force is only legal when it is in self-defence or with Security Council authorization.