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10 Feb 2016 description

Baghdad, 10 February 2016 - Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq Jan Kubiš, at the conclusion of World Interfaith Harmony Week in Iraq, said that the people of Iraq have sent a clear message to their Government and to the political and religious leaders that they want action to counter extremism and sectarian policies and promote tolerance. He stressed continued UN support in such an effort.

10 Feb 2016 description
  • Since military operations intensified in Ramadi, in December 2015, about 4 000 displaced people have been transferred to three camps in Habbaniyah Tourist City and Ameriyat al Falluja complex. Displaced families continue to arrive in Ameriyat Al Falluja. Food distribution is ongoing this week, targeting all new arrivals from Ramadi. East of Ramadi, in the city of Fallujah, supply lines have been cut off due to the ongoing military operation, bringing the city under siege. Unconfirmed reports indicate prolonged severe shortages of both medicines and food, reportedly causing deaths.

10 Feb 2016 description

Around 13.5 million people are dependent on emergency aid

+++ Update (February 2016) 90.000 Syrian people flee to Turkish border as Aleppo assault intensifies. Huge crowds of refugees, mainly women and children, have been forced to wait at the Turkish border crossing, which remains closed. Near Azaz Humanitarian Aid Organizations set up refugee camps. Welthungerhilfe as well immediately started to help these refugees around Azaz through distribution of tents and stoves. Further activities are planned. +++

10 Feb 2016 description



  • 6 million children (under 18) are in need of humanitarian assistance

  • 2.8 million displaced Syrian children (under 18)

  • Over 2.1 million children (5-17 years) are out of school inside Syria

  • 2 million children are living in hard to reach areas; over 200,000 children are living in locations designated as besieged

  • The United Nations documented over 1,600 cases of grave child’s rights violations

10 Feb 2016 description

10 February 2016 – The World Health Organization welcomes the unprecedented support shown by countries participating in the "Supporting Syrians and the Region Conference" in London on 4 February, during which more than US$ 10 billion was pledged to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by the Syrian crisis over the coming 5 years.

10 Feb 2016 description

10 February 2016, Baghdad, Iraq: WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan is meeting senior health officials from the Ministry of Health in Baghdad and local and international health partners to discuss a number of emerging health needs and challenges in the country. The Regional Director and Her Excellency the Minister of Health Dr Adila Hammoud have discussed and endorsed a joint WHO/Ministry of Health biennial cooperation plan for 2016–2017.

10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 135,617

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 2,254

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 282

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total (2016): 21%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 234

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 265

10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Samos (Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 109,555

Total arrivals in Samos during Feb 2016: 477

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 60

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 152

% of arrivals in Samos compared to total in Greece (2016) : 7%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on UNHCR estimations)): 520

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 117

10 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 08 Feb 2016): 543,073

Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 6,880

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 860

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167

% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 2,035

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 777

09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

09 Feb 2016 description
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Despite Territorial Losses, Terrorists Still Attract Financing, Would-be Fighters

Despite recent territorial losses inflicted upon Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the international community urgently needed “unity and action” to combat the continuing threat posed by the terrorist group, the ranking United Nations political official stressed today as he briefed the Security Council.

09 Feb 2016 description


  • Sea arrivals to Greece reduced to an average of 13,500 per week in January, from 22,500 in December. Numbers fluctuate from 0-5,000 per day. Service provision becomes inadequate when high numbers of migrants arrive and when onward transport to the mainland is disrupted causing temporary build ups to occur. Similar issues occur at Idomeni, where there are recurrent border closures.

  • The conditions migrants find in Greece are still mostly inadequate, whilst conditions further along the route have improved.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced the distribution of more than 250 food parcels and relief materials for the displaced families from Anbar to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah and Salahuddin.

Ahmed Kadhum, the head of Operations Management at IRCS has said “IRCS’s teams received more than 90 displaced families from Joaibah area because of the security situation. IRCS’s teams who deployed in Al-Anbar has harboring families in Al-Salam camp and distributed food and relief assistance to more than 90 families as well as distributed ready meals daily for those families”.

09 Feb 2016 description


Food Security Clusters coordinate the food security response in humanitarian emergencies by addressing the issues of food availability, access and utilization.