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Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ February 2014 - Education

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Enrolment rates in formal education among school‐aged children across the region remain extremely low, with some 44 per cent enrolled in school across the five refugee hosting countries. This figure ranges from 83 per cent in Egypt, 55 per cent in Jordan, 42 per cent in Turkey, 35 per cent in Lebanon, and 31 per cent in Iraq.

Critical investments in school infrastruc ture and capacity are therefore continuing. In Iraq, access has increased with the completion of five new schools, including one secondary school, in three camps in Dohuk Governorate.

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Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ February 2014 - Basic Needs

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Distribution of assistance to help refugees and others through the winter continued during February, with some 85,000 people in Jordan and 53,000 in Iraq having recieved winterized non‐food items since the start of the year. In Turkey, more than 69,000 items of clothing and 7,200 blankets were distributed as part of the winterization measures during February. Assistance for the winter months is also provided through cash assistance which has reached almost 140,000 people in Jordan and 344,000 people in Lebanon this year.

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Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ February 2014 - WASH

JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS:

Assisting the 60 per cent of refugees in region who live outside camps with water and sanitation is a priority. In Jordan, the WASH sector is in the process of developing minimum standards for interventions in host communities to be used as a guidance document for partners. In Lebanon, a project is underway to map informal tented settlements to allow gaps in WASH capacity to be identified and so more efficient and targeted responses to be applied. Information systems and inter‐sectoral assessments are also being scaled up.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Regional: RRP6 monthly update ‐ February - Food Security

FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS:
Syrian refugees continued to arrive in large numbers to neighbouring countries during the month. In Lebanon, food sector members responded efficiently to the influx in Arsal in early February using contingency stocks, while in Jordan a peak of 800 refugees a day were arriving in late February and so the daily distribution of bread at Za'atari camp was increased by half a tonne.

In Turkey, the e‐Food Card Programme was expanded to an additional camp, increasing the number of benefciaries by 20,000 to 140,000 people per month.

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Syria Regional Response Plan ‐ RRP6 (all agencies) Funding status as at 14 April 2014

The requirements presented in this funding update refer to the 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan covering the period January to December 2014.

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Six wounded, including two police, in Cairo bomb blasts

04/16/2014 00:35 GMT

CAIRO, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - Two bomb blasts in Cairo wounded six people including at least two policemen Tuesday, the latest attacks since Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted.

The first attack blew the roof off a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in Al-Galaa Square in the Egyptian capital's Dokki neighbourhood.

It was unclear whether the bomb, which exploded in the early morning, was planted at the site or thrown by assailants.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 28 March - 10 April 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than one million Syrian refugees have approached UNHCR for assistance in Lebanon. Refugees from Syria now equal one-quarter of the resident population. The host country has experienced serious economic shocks due to the conflict in Syria, including a decline in trade, tourism and investment and an increase in public expenditures.

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Egyptian president must reject flawed anti-terrorism laws

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Amnesty

New counter-terrorism legislation set to be approved by Egypt’s president is deeply flawed and must be scrapped or fundamentally revised, Amnesty International said.

Two draft anti-terror laws, which were sent to interim president Adly Mansour on 3 April and could be signed off at any time, would give the Egyptian authorities increased powers to muzzle freedom of expression and imprison opponents and critics.