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20 Nov 2014 description


  • WFP food reaches 60,000 besieged civilians in Homs, Syria.

  • Food deliveries to Al Hasakeh through Nusaybin corridor underway for second consecutive month.

  • WFP supports Government of Lebanon's assistance to vulnerable Lebanese

  • WFP to expand assistance to non-camp refugees in Turkey.

  • Iraq’s Akre and Darashakran camps to transition to voucher assistance.

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2013 was a landmark year which saw the second UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development (HLD) of the 68th Session of the General Assembly, which took place on the 3–4 October at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The HLD was marked by a significant evolution in the UN debate on migration and development, as evidenced by the Declaration adopted by consensus at its opening.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

Turkey: Syrian refugees shot at border with hundreds of thousands destitute

The international community’s failure to deal with the growing number of Syrian refugees fleeing into Turkey has led to a crisis of unprecedented proportions with refugees facing push-backs and live fire at the border and hundreds of thousands living in destitution, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

19 Nov 2014 description

11/18/2014 - 23:40 GMT

Ten people including women and children were killed in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday when a rocket struck their home, security and medical official said.

It was not immediately clear whether it was a missile fired by one of the Egyptian army helicopters that have repeatedly struck militants, or an errant mortar round from the insurgents, security officials said.

Three children, three women and four men in the house south of the Rafah border town were killed in the blast, medics said.

14 Nov 2014 description

Brussels, 31 October 2014

What is Triton?

Triton is a Frontex coordinated joint operation, requested by the Italian authorities that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy.

How have the details of the operation been defined?

14 Nov 2014 description
North Africa version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 10 000 000


14 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Egyptian authorities must immediately release and refrain from deporting at least 66 refugees from Syria and Gaza, including a number of children, who are unlawfully detained in the country, said Amnesty International. The refugees are being detained in poor conditions with some held in rooms infested with cockroaches, mosquitos and mice.

14 Nov 2014 description

Announced at 2014 United Nations Global South-South Development Expo in Washington Rome, 14 November 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced today a US$2.7 million programme targeting more than 1,000 rural youth and women in Algeria, Egypt, Hungary, Morocco, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The programme will support small farmers to share their experiences and skills in order to collaborate on possible solutions to save water, cultivate water-efficient crops and breed cattle.

14 Nov 2014 description


The Government of Turkey reports 191,000 people from the northern Syrian city of Kobani have crossed into Turkey since 19 September. Of these, close to 15,000 people have traveled onward into the Kurdistan Region (KR-I) of Iraq since 25 September. In line with a decision by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Interior, all new arrivals from Kobani have been transferred to existing Syrian refugee camps in the KR-I.

14 Nov 2014 description
Syria - version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

13 Nov 2014 description

Desert Locust threaten Red Sea coast in Sudan and Egypt

12 Nov 2014 description


•Above-average cereal crop forecast for 2014

•Average cereal import requirement envisaged

•High inflation rates as fiscal consolidation reforms are rolled out

12 Nov 2014 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Tuesday 11/11/2014 - 23:11 GMT

Ten people were hurt Tuesday when police in Egypt set off a controlled explosion of a bomb-rigged car in the town of El-Arish in north of the restive Sinai peninsula, security officials said.

Those wounded were in their nearby home when the explosion went off. They were taken to hospital.

"We blew up the car remotely. There was a half a tonne of explosives" inside, an interior ministry spokesman, Hani Abdel Latif, told AFP. It was too dangerous to try to defuse the bomb, he explained.

11 Nov 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

With efforts underway across Syria and Iraq to prepare displaced populations for the coming winter, UNHCR is increasingly concerned by a US$58.45 million funding shortfall that – coupled with this year's sharp recent growth in internal displacement – could leave as many as a million people without proper help.

10 Nov 2014 description

On 28 October, the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany hosted a high level meeting in Berlin to express solidarity with countries in the region hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees and encourage burden-sharing to support regional stability. Recognizing that Lebanon and Jordan currently have the highest per capita ratio of refugees worldwide, the aim of the conference was to highlight the ongoing crisis in Syria as well as the stress it places on the neighbouring countries.

10 Nov 2014 description


  • As winter approaches, refugees across the region are being exposed to colder, wet and windy conditions. Humanitarian partners are implementing a far- reaching winterization programme to assist the most vulnerable refugee families with relief items, shelter interventions and seasonal cash allowances.

09 Nov 2014 description


Winterization plan for Syrian IDPs: UNHCR Syria will complement the regular distribution of core relief items (CRI) with high thermal blankets, additional plastic sheeting and winter clothing. The targeted population is 400,000 households (2 million people).

07 Nov 2014 description

11/7/2014 - 17:10 GMT

Two people were killed Friday when supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi clashed with police and residents outside Cairo, security officials said.

In the province of Fayoum, south of the capital, violence erupted after Morsi supporters staged a protest following Friday prayers, leading to the death of a 19-year-old student.

Security officials said police used tear gas after protesters fired birdshot at them.