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26 Jul 2016 description

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  • On 21 June, a suicide bomb at the north-eastern border (the berm) was detonated, resulting in the deaths of six Jordanian security personnel. Consequently, the north and north-eastern borders have been declared a closed military zone. WFP suspended food distribution following the incident and is currently unable to restart its food assistance to the thousands of Syrian asylum seekers stranded at the berm, in desperate need of food assistance.

26 Jul 2016 description

The United States is contributing US$ 25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to the Agency’s 2016 Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal. These funds will support UNRWA’s emergency operations in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a ceremony in Washington D.C., on 12 July, as part of the country’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis.

25 Jul 2016 description

Geneva (20 July 2016) - “I have just concluded my first official visit as the newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. I travelled to Amman, Jordan where, over the course of 10-15 July, I met with a range of civil society groups, community representatives, UN officials, and Palestinian government officials to discuss the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

23 Jul 2016 description
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  • Hundreds of thousands of civilians in eastern Aleppo City cut off from humanitarian assistance

  • Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Menbij as fighting continues

  • Multiple attacks on hospitals in Aleppo and Idleb governorates

  • Airlifts of humanitarian supplies to Qamishli commence

  • An estimated 2.9 million children aged 5 and under know nothing but conflict

  • One out of three children under five not reached by routine vaccination

22 Jul 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Tightened border restrictions after last month's deadly bombing are cutting off desperately needed food and water.

Jane Arraf

There is no shortage of desperate refugees at the border who would be happy to fill them, but after five years of taking in Syrian refugees, Jordan - increasingly concerned about security - has slammed its last border post shut.

Read the full article on Al Jazeera.

21 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• June witnessed a significant escalation of conflict across Syria and the subsequent pattern of new and deepening humanitarian needs could continue and even intensify through July unless Geneva talks regain traction.

• In Syria in June UNICEF reached around 96,690 people in seven besieged areas and more than 279,600 people in 38 hard-to-reach locations with life-saving and critical services.

• The cross-border round of the nation-wide immunization campaign is ongoing in Syria and as of June reached around 722,000 children.

21 Jul 2016 description

After Yemen and Afghanistan, I expected to find a similar setting in Ramtha, northern Jordan. But I was impressed with this context; we were so close to the conflict zone, yet in a safe and peaceful place at the same time. It’s been almost a year since I came to the Ramtha Emergency Surgical Project in Jordan and I have seen many changes since then.

21 Jul 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 $5.75 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.

21 Jul 2016 description

By Lucia Sconosciuto

New financing to improve local services and support for small firms in refugee hosting communities

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has moved to the next stage of its refugee response plan that aims to strengthen the economies of Jordan and Turkey as they deal with the influx of millions of people displaced by the conflict in Syria.

20 Jul 2016 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 20 July 2016

The EU and Jordan reconfirmed their solid partnership, strengthening their relations on political, security, trade and cooperation matters, at the 10th EU-Jordan Association Committee in Amman this week.

20 Jul 2016 description

Geneva (ICRC) - Tens of thousands of people are in need of urgent assistance in a border area between Syria and Jordan. They are living in extremely harsh conditions in a desert area known as 'the berm'. The vast majority are women and children, who are seeking sanctuary from the ongoing violence in Syria. The reticence by so many Governments to take in more Syrian refugees means that the fate of these asylum seekers hangs in the balance.

20 Jul 2016 description

Amman, Jordan, 20 July 2016 – International medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) is calling for the medical evacuation of war-wounded Syrians through the sealed northern border of Jordan. This call coincides with the opening of a new surgical department within MSF’s emergency trauma surgery project in Ramtha government hospital, 5km from the border with Syria, to treat the large numbers of wounded.

20 Jul 2016 description
report Government of Italy

Following the funding commitment announced by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni, at the Syrian Donor Conference on February 4, the Italian government has approved giving a total of almost 19 million euros in emergency aid. Most of the money - 14.7 million euros - will be used to finance humanitarian projects to be implemented by Italian NGOs operating in the region, not only in Syria, but also in Lebanon and Jordan.

20 Jul 2016 description

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  • Following the start of the Holy month of Ramadan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia donated dates (306 mt) were distributed to all residents of Za’atri camp, Azraq camp and Cyber City.

  • On 24 June, the Jordan Country Office organized an iftar with a Syrian family in Amman. The iftar was attended by representatives from three donors (Germany, U.S. and France), the Country Director and WFP’s Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.

20 Jul 2016 description

265 micro, small and medium enterprises supported so far this year in Lebanon

HIGHLIGHTS:

In Lebanon, 265 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and cooperatives were supported so far this year. 2,875 targeted vulnerable people working on public infrastructure/environmental assets were upgrades, while 5,205 people have been targeted, trained and/or provided with marketable skills and services.

20 Jul 2016 description

73% of targeted beneficiaries have access to adequate drinking water, however sustained support is required

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Across Iraq, 96,290 Syrian refugees living in 10 camps continued to benefit from routine access to water, sanitation and hygiene services, while 17,967 Syrian Refugee children in camp schools and child-friendly spaces (CFS) continued to benefit from access to functional latrines. Some 13,251 refugees in urban, peri-urban and rural areas were assisted with WASH services since January 2016.

20 Jul 2016 description

Almost 27,000 households have received shelter assistance across the region this year

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In Lebanon, 820 persons have benefitted from shelter assistance during the month of May in the governorates of Bekaa, Baalbeck-El Hermel, Akkar and the North. In the South, Mount Lebanon and the metropolitan areas of Tripoli and Beirut, substandard buildings sheltering 3,000 to 4.000 persons are rehabilitated every month.

20 Jul 2016 description

Over 100,000 households receive regular, emergency or sector-specific cash assistance so far in 2016

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In Jordan, USD 8,240,034 worth of regular cash and non-food item (NFIs) were provided by the Basic needs working group to vulnerable beneficiaries from refugees and host Communities.