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02 Mar 2015 description

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Storm Zeina swept through the Middle East in January and left over 400,000 Syrian refugees out in the cold in Lebanon.

02 Mar 2015 description
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SC/11801

7394th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
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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.

02 Mar 2015 description
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During the first seven weeks of 2015, sixteen reporting sites including six Refugee and ten Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camps timely and weekly reported to EWARN system. The number of consultations increased by 18% (n=9519 in week 1 – n=13458 in Week 7). This brings the total consultations to 88,739 (Females 53% and males 47%). Fifty seven percentage of the cases are above 5 years and 43% under five years.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Iraqi Red Crescent

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) distributed urgent relief assistance for the displaced families to Samarra districts-Salahuldin governorate. As a cadre from IRCS distributed more than (300) relief assistance and (368) blanket for the displaced families from areas of (Dejla township, Makeshfa, Al-Hawey, Tal Al-Aleej, Al-Dour district, Al-Alam district and Yathreeb township) to Samarra at the south of Salahuldin governorate.

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Baghdad, 2 March 2015 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, urges all armed forces in Tikrit to do their utmost to spare civilians and to protect their security and safety in line with international standards.

02 Mar 2015 description
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The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) received more than 90 displaced families from Tikret to the city of Samarra, due to the events in the region.

02 Mar 2015 description
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The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) distributes humanitarian assistance to more than 400 displaced families in Erbil. As a cadre of Erbil branch/IRCS distributes food aid and relief assistance for 420 displaced families from Nineveh plain area to Erbil.

On the other hand, another cadre from IRCS carried out lectures to define the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent for the participants from (displaced people) who are now in Nineveh Center for Development and Economic development at Ein Kawa township.

02 Mar 2015 description

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• Snow melt is causing the increase of river levels in north-eastern Spain, including Navarra, Aragon and Basque Country, with one fatality in Navarra, as of 26 February. The Spanish CP has issued alerts for river increase and floods and has activated the Copernicus EMS.

02 Mar 2015 description

Salah al-Din governorate, located in north-central Iraq and home to one of Iraq’s largest oil refineries, has been the site of ongoing armed conflict since spring. Before June, Salah al-Din was a destination for IDPs fleeing violence in Anbar governorate. When this violence spread to Salah al-Din in June after the armed group (AG) takeover of Mosul and Tikrit, families began displacing from Salah al-Din en masse. This displacement has continued until today, with the majority of IDP families having fled north into Kirkuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

01 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Close to 2.5 million IDPs identified across Iraq; improved methodology cited

  • 8,000 families displaced in al-Baghdadi subdistrict

  • Polio and measles campaign targeting 5.9 million children across the country kicks off

  • Ashti IDP camp (Arbat Extension, Sulaymaniyah) to be completed in April

  • A total of over 19.4 million litres of kerosene have been distributed to over 186,680 IDP families by the government and cluster partners

01 Mar 2015 description

Baghdad, 1 March 2015 – According to casualty figures released today by UNAMI, a total of 1,103 Iraqis were killed and another 2,280 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence in February*. The number of civilians killed was 611 (Including 30 civilian police), and the number of civilians injured was 1,353 (including 29 civilian police).

A further 492 members of the Iraqi Army (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army / Not including casualties from Anbar Operations) were killed and 927 were injured.

01 Mar 2015 description
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28 February 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the “ongoing barbaric terrorist acts” committed by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and reaffirmed its determination in defeating the extremist group.

In a statement released late yesterday evening, the 15-member Council once again stressed that ISIL “must be defeated” and the “intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” adding that the “continued acts of barbarism perpetrated by ISIL do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.”

28 Feb 2015 description

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:21 GMT

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

28 Feb 2015 description

Samarra, Iraq | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 15:21 GMT

A suicide truck bomb killed at least 11 Iraqi forces south of Tikrit Saturday during operations paving the way for an assault on the jihadist-held city, the army said.

"Three suicide bombers driving tanker trucks sped towards a gathering of security forces at a checkpoint," an army lieutenant colonel told AFP on condition of anonymity.

28 Feb 2015 description

The situation in Syria and Iraq is exceptionally serious. We are seeing a humanitarian disaster with devastating consequences for an entire region and repercussions for the whole world. Both ISIL and the Assad regime in Syria are committing serious abuses on a daily basis.

27 Feb 2015 description
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BAGHDAD, Feb 27 (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed by bombs and rocket fire in Baghdad on Friday, police and medical sources said.

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Minorities in Iraq targeted in deliberate attempt to eradicate Iraq’s religious diversity

Minority communities in Iraq have been targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in a systematic strategy to remove them permanently from large areas of Iraq, says a group of human rights organizations in a report launched in Brussels today. The report provides critical information on the legal basis for war crimes prosecutions and follows a hearing on religious minorities in the European Parliament.

26 Feb 2015 description

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Briefing this Council in 2013, I said the Syrian war had unleashed the worst humanitarian crisis of our times and posed a terrible threat to regional and global peace and security – risking an explosion that could engulf the entire Middle East.

Today, we must face the fact that this is exactly what happened.