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29 Jun 2016 description

Amman, Jordan | AFP | Wednesday 6/29/2016 - 11:49 GMT

by Mussa Hattar

Concern is growing for tens of thousands of refugees on the Syrian-Jordanian border after Amman blocked access to a makeshift refugee camp following last week's deadly jihadist attack at the frontier.

In stifling heat with minimal shelter and little access to food and water, some 70,000 refugees fleeing Syria's civil war have gathered at the Rukban border crossing in Jordan's remote northeast.

29 Jun 2016 description
  • Reference: 2016-164-EN

A new initiative from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support regions outside of Europe that are significantly affected by the refugee crisis has been welcomed by EU heads of state and governments meeting in Brussels today. Responding to a request by the European Council in March, EIB President Hoyer laid out how the EU Bank could step up its support and address the pressing needs of the regions with action to support growth, jobs vital infrastructure and social cohesion.

29 Jun 2016 description
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Analysis with Deimos-2 Data Acquired 26 June 2016, GeoEye-1 Data Acquired 23 May 2016, and Multiple Previous Images

29 Jun 2016 description

• The total number of refugees received from the berm (since 8th of March) is around 22,000 of which 4,743 were screened and reallocated to the unfenced area of village 2, 3 and 6 as of 21 June

• Since the car attack in Rukban on 21 June, the government of Jordan declared the northern and north-eastern borders as “sealed military zone” and no movement from the berm to Azraq camp has occurred since then

• As of mid-June, the estimate of the population stranded at the berm stood at 77,000 with some 65,000 people in Rukban and around 12,000 individuals at Hadalat.

28 Jun 2016 description

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SOUTH SUDAN
Since late June, tens of thousands of people have been displaced due to fighting in and around Wau town, Western Bahr el Ghazal. Up to 10,000 people are sheltering at the nearby UN base. Over 101,000 people were already registered as displaced in Wau county after fighting escalated in mid-February.

28 Jun 2016 description

Germany has supported the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Syria crisis response with an unprecedented record contribution of €570 million in 2016. The Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Rome, Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken, visited German-funded programmes in Jordan and Lebanon. He describes his impressions in an interview with WFP.

1. Mr. Ambassador, what were your main experiences in Lebanon and Jordan?

28 Jun 2016 description
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Context

With the conflict in Syria ongoing, refugees continue to enter Jordan in search of protection and safety. As the Syrian refugee population grows in Jordan, and as persons of concern move internally within the country, developing their own coping strategies, the information needs of humanitarian organisations increase. The humanitarian community looks for an accurate and reliable understanding of beneficiaries’ needs in order to be able to better design programming to support and assist.

26 Jun 2016 description

Agricultural Stress Index (ASI)

The Agriculture Stress Index (ASI) helps show how ‘stressed’ crop areas are by combining vegetation condition and temperature variables. The compiled results are then analysed over time, by comparing current values to the long-term minimum and maximum, and spatially, by aggregating agriculture areas by administrative area. The ASI can also be analysed together with individual variables that make up the ASI, such as Rainfall and Vegetation condition. These are available as separate RFSAN products.

23 Jun 2016 description

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Mortality

In the first quarter of 2016, 12 mortalities were reported from Azraq camp with a Crude Mortality Rate (CMR) of (0.2/1000 population/month; 2.8/1000 population/year) which is higher than the reported CMR in Azraq camp for 2015 and is lower than both the reported CMR in Syria prior to the conflict in 2010 (0.33/1000 population/month; 4/1000 population/year)1 as well as the reported CMR in Jordan in 2013 according to two sources; World Bank Indicators and Jordan Department of Statistics respectively; (0.33/1000 population/month; 4/1000 …

23 Jun 2016 description

INTRODUCTION

In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), the WHS secretariat commissioned Ipsos to conduct community consultations with crisis-affected communities in multiple focus countries. The countries chosen for the consultations were Afghanistan, Guinea, South Sudan,
Syria, and Ukraine, representing a diverse range of geographic regions, humanitarian contexts, and actors.

22 Jun 2016 description

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi sends his deepest condolences to Jordan and the families of soldiers killed and injured during an attack yesterday on a border guard post in north-east Jordan.

Condemning the attack, Grandi said: “UNHCR mourns the loss of life from this outrage”. The attack took place close to a waiting area for Syrians hoping to gain entry into Jordan. At least six Jordanian soldiers were killed in the attack in the remote region.

22 Jun 2016 description
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Highlights

  • UNICEF and other humanitarian actors in Syria have called on all parties to the conflict to lift sieges and allow unconditional and sustained UN access to deliver humanitarian assistance without removals or restrictions. In Syria, the first round multi-antigen routine vaccination campaign has reached 475,549 children under one from Damascus, and 410,396 children through cross border immunization.

22 Jun 2016 description

The “iron fist” security response pledged by Jordanian authorities in the wake of Tuesday’s car bombing of a military outpost along the border with Syria must not descend into closing the border and denying humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing armed conflict, Amnesty International said today.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the apparently well-coordinated attack, which killed six army border guards and injured several others.

22 Jun 2016 description
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European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 22 June 2016

The EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis launched new projects worth more than €200 million to support refugees who are fleeing the war in Syria and their overstretched host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

22 Jun 2016 description
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The Jordan Humanitarian Fund (JHF) mobilizes and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to urgent needs for Syrian refugees in Jordan, as well as vulnerable Jordanians affected by the Syrian crisis. The fund operates within the frame of the Jordan Response Plan and the UNSC resolutions 2165, 2191 and 2258.

To date the Fund has allocated US $5.73 Million to a total of 16 projects in host communities and camps, of which five projects support the needs of vulnerable Syrians in Southern Syria.