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Jordan + 3 others
Three million tragic stories. When will it end?

By Misty Buswell, Director of Advocacy, Media & Communications, Middle East and Eurasia Regional Office, Jordan

29 August 2014 marks another terrible milestone in the Syria crisis: the three millionth registered refugee.

The war is more than three years old. At least 191,000 have died and nearly 11 million are in need of humanitarian aid inside Syria.

Meanwhile, three million, including more than 1.5 million children, have now fled a country in chaos. And those are only the ones who are officially registered.

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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World + 6 others
Agencies join to review of strategies to combat polio in the Middle East

A multi-country, multi-agency strategic planning meeting focused on reviewing strategies to limit the transmission of wild poliovirus in the Middle East was held recently in Amman, Jordan.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 6 - 19 August 2014


  • WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visits Damascus

  • Improved cross-line access spurs Syria deliveries

  • Food convoy attacked in Deir-ez-Zor

  • Insecurity precludes immediate UN return to Arsal

  • Beirut government okays WFP assistance for vulnerable Lebanese

  • Pilot e-card schemes imminent in Jordan camps

  • Social tensions persist in refugee areas of Turkey

  • Fear of Islamic State provokes refugees to flee Iraq camp

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Salesians Provide Emergency Relief, Shelter and Skills Training to Close to 800 Syrian Refugees Each Day

(MissionNewswire) Since the March 2011 outbreak of civil war in Syria, close to 9 million Syrians have fled their homes in search of safety, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More than 6 million of those affected are children who have been put at risk of violence, a lack of essential supplies and destroyed infrastructure that has closed schools and hospitals.

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WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food to Gaza through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007. A second convoy is expected to enter Gaza in the next few days.

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UN chief welcomes Egyptian-brokered ceasefire for Gaza

UN News Service

26 August 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today’s announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices, and said he hopes this will lead to a political process aimed at achieving a durable peace.

“A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.

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Save the Children Syria Crisis Response Updated 24 August 2014


According to UNHCR 2,978,079 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. In 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 51.5% of the refugee population. There are now an estimated 1,533,710 refugee children in the region.

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Egypt + 1 other
Egypt: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Food Security

US$3.2 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers in July


• In July, WFP’s food voucher distribution reached over 110,000 beneficiaries or 97 percent of the operational plan, including over 71,000 in Greater Cairo, 23,000 in Alexandria, 14,000 in Damietta, 700 in Marsa Matrouh and 500 in Tanta.

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Egypt + 1 other
Egypt: RRP6 Update - July 2014: Health

31,187 Chronic disease consultations in Primary Health Care since the beginning of 2014


• UNHCR in coordination with Ministry of Health (MOH) and UNICEF is working on gradually mainstreaming Syrians in the public health care system starting from mid of September in Alexandria and Damietta governorates. A joint flyer is currently being prepared for a massive distribution among Syrians about MOH public primary health care facilities, addresses, available health services, free and cost services with nominal fees.

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Egypt + 1 other
Egypt: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Basic Needs and Livelihood

More than $8,000,000 USD injected into the local economy through the monetization of assistance since the beginning of 2014


• UNHCR, Caritas and Resala are working together to assist vulnerable Syrian refugees meet their basic needs through the provision of monthly cash grants. In July, 30,876 vulnerable Syrian refugees were assisted, representing 22.3% of the registered Syrian refugee population in Egypt.

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Egypt + 1 other
Egypt Weekly Update: Syria Operation 22 July - 3 August 2014

As the conflict in Syria continues to escalate, the number of people fleeing into other countries in the region has been increasing. New arrivals of Syrians into Egypt, however, have been nominal since the introduction on 8 July 2013 of visa requirements. UNHCR has registered 138,223 individuals as of 2 August 2014. Most Syrians in Egypt are scattered in urban areas, renting and sharing accommodation, and benefit from access to public education and health care.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 10 - 16 August 2014


  • The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis (“Level 3”) in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcibly displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).

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WHO Response to the Syrian Crisis - Regional SitRep, July 2014


United Nations security council resolution 2165 Allows WHO and UN agencies to deliver Humanitarian Assistance to previously unreached in Syria through Cross border activities.

Heightened risk of epidemic-prone diarrhea diseases during the summer months across the subregion.

WHO and UNICEF in Syria urge all parties to the Syrian conflict not to deny vulnerable populations access to safe drinking water.

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Kuwaiti aid to WHO improves health for Syrians affected by conflict

21 August 2014, Geneva -- A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.

The much needed funds have been used to provide essential health care in both government- and opposition-controlled areas within Syria, as well as in neighbouring countries struggling to cope with 2.9 million Syrians who have taken refuge in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey.