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02 Mar 2015 description

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to the government of Canada for its donation of CAD$10 million (US$ 8 million) to support WFP school feeding for children of Syrian refugees alongside Egyptian children.

“I thank Canada for this substantial contribution allowing WFP to extend school feeding to include many vulnerable Syrian refugee children as well as those from the Egyptian host community adversely affected by the refugee influx,” said Lubna Alaman, WFP Country Director and Representative in Egypt.

02 Mar 2015 description

3/3/2015 - 06:01 GMT

Two people were killed and nine wounded, including seven policemen, in a bomb explosion Monday outside the Egyptian supreme court in Cairo, the health ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP that a 22-year-old man "died of injuries sustained in his backbone" in the attack.

Another man, aged 24, who had suffered head injuries and internal bleeding, also died of his wounds, he said.

Hospital officials earlier said that a man was in critical condition as the blast blew away part of his skull and brain.

01 Mar 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Sunday 3/1/2015 - 19:46 GMT

A bomb blast killed two people Sunday in Aswan, the first such attack in the Egyptian tourist town since a wave of violence following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, police said.

The explosion, caused by a device placed near a police station in the southern town, also wounded five people including a policeman, according to the same source.

Aswan is one of two main tourist towns in Upper Egypt, along with Luxor.

27 Feb 2015 description

RMMS presents an end of year trend summary and analysis for 2014 with a focus on the Horn of Africa and Yemen region and neighbouring areas and routes taken out of the region. For ease of reading this presentation uses few statistics but provides a generic overview of prominent trends. Statistical details can be found in RMMS literature produced during the course of 2014 (Regional Mixed Migration Monthly Summaries / Quarterly reports etc.).

26 Feb 2015 description

Cairo, Egypt | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 12:08 GMT

One person was killed Thursday in a bombing outside a pizzeria in the Egyptian capital as other blasts hit a police station and offices of cell phone companies, a health official said.

The bomb tore off the legs of the victim who was pronounced dead in hospital, health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told AFP. Two other people were wounded.

The restaurant was next to a branch of the Britain-based cell phone provider Vodafone.

26 Feb 2015 description

Syria - Humanitarian situation and conflict (ECHO, NGOs, Media)

  • On 23 February, ISIL forces kidnapped about 90 villagers including women and children after seizing the villages of Tal Shamiram and Tal Hermuz in north-east Syria according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. The abductions took place when ISIL attacked a number of largely Assyrian Christian villages along the banks of the Khabour river in Al-Hassakeh governorate.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11801

7394th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Neighbours Seek Burden-Sharing for Swelling Numbers of Refugees

The Security Council today heard strong and sustained pleas to demonstrate leadership to end the barbaric and brutal warfare in Syria, as two senior United Nations officials briefed the 15-member body on the wider consequences of a conflict that entered its fifth year.

24 Feb 2015 description

CAIRO, Egypt, February 23 (UNHCR) – A picture at an exhibition has helped to change the life of Judy El Khatib, a nine-year-old Syrian girl who had been unable to move her right arm since suffering bad burn injuries four years ago.

The young refugee suffered the debilitating injury in Damascus not long after the Syria crisis erupted in March 2011. She was playing in the kitchen when an explosion rocked the family home and knocked a pot of boiling water off the stove and all over her arm.

22 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Average levels of cereal crop production and import requirements estimated in 2014/15

  • Inflation rates easing after fiscal consolidation reforms and electronic ration card gradually rolled out

Planting of 2015 winter crops to be harvested from April, concluded in December. Vegetation response captured by the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index using satellite images suggests good establishment of winter crops.

Average cereal harvest gathered in 2014

18 Feb 2015 description

Summary: January 2015

Access restrictions tighten

Rafah border: The Rafah border with Egypt was opened on only 3 days in January, allowing only 33 patients to travel to Egypt for medical treatment.

18 Feb 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region

17 Feb 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Highlights

• Islamic Relief’s (IR) Syria Emergency Response has supported 7,126,795 people in Syria and neighbouring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq, since 2012.

• More than 223 projects have been implemented to support the most vulnerable Syrians in Syria,
Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq in various sectors since 2012.

• Interventions varied from providing food aid, nonfood items, education support, shelter assistance, psychosocial support, WASH, and medical assistance.

17 Feb 2015 description

Increasing its commitment to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, the United States is providing an additional $125 million in humanitarian assistance to the UN World Food Program (WFP), which feeds nearly six million Syrians and refugees from Syria every month. The announcement was made today by Kelly Clements, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Jack Myer, Principal Regional Advisor/Europe, Middle East and Central Asia, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, in Geneva, Switzerland.

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

15 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· Across the region, UNICEF vaccinated over 25 million children against polio including 2.9 million children in Syria alone resulting in the successful containment of the disease.

· UNICEF and partners provided water treatment chemicals to clean water for the network that reached 16.5 million people inside Syria, and has provided 2.1 million people with safe drinking water in host communities and camps in neighbouring countries

13 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

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