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27 Apr 2015 description

Beirut (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has delivered vital aid to Beirut's Roumieh Central Prison, after recent riots caused severe damage to the facility and left hundreds of detainees without drinking water, clothing and bedding.

27 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

Disaster in the Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record

27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Following the fourth anniversary of the Syrian conflict, Hayek is drawing attention to refugee children and families

27 Apr 2015 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today (Sunday) announced additional humanitarian funding of €2 million in response the ongoing crisis in Syria and the region, as well as funding of €9.5 million for the worldwide operations of two of Ireland’s key humanitarian partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Minister Flanagan is currently in Turkey during the visit of President Higgins to the region. The Minister has met with Foreign Minister, Cavusoglu.

26 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • Approval was granted by Turkish MOFA in late March for the renewal of UN radio frequency licenses which will be used to expand radio coverage in south-eastern Turkey. ETC has installed a UHF repeater in Gaziantep to expand radio coverage in the south.

  • Approval is still pending from Syrian MOFA to import telecommunications equipment to support the humanitarian community in Syria.

26 Apr 2015 description

The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has received a donation from AmCham Abu Dhabi, in support of its humanitarian efforts to assist the Syrian refugees.

Rashid Mubarak Al Mansouri, Deputy Secretary-General of the ERC for Local Affairs received the cheque from AmCham Abu Dhabi Chairman, Matthew E. Byrd, at the ERC headquarters, in the presence of Dr. Elias B. Sayah, AmCham, Deputy Chairman of AmCham Abu Dhabi, Mohammed Saeed Al Rumaithi, Director of the ERC branch in Abu Dhabi and Mohammed Ahmed Al Yamahi, Director of the Department of Fundraising at ERC.

24 Apr 2015 description

SG/A/1562*-BIO/4716*

Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé aujourd’hui la nomination de M. Philippe Lazzarini, de la Suisse, au poste de Coordonnateur spécial adjoint des Nations Unies pour le Liban, pays où il occupera en outre les fonctions de Coordonnateur résident et Coordonnateur de l’action humanitaire et Représentant résident du Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement au Bureau du Coordonnateur spécial des Nations Unies (UNSCOL).

24 Apr 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11874

7433rd Meeting (AM)

United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Citing ‘Atrocity after Atrocity’, Warns Time Running Out

Expressing alarm that the Syrian crisis had become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening regional stability, the Security Council this morning called for stepped-up, coordinated international support to neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the conflict.

24 Apr 2015 description

SG/A/1562*-BIO/4716*

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, where he will serve as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL).

24 Apr 2015 description

So far, the Syrian war and the involvement of Lebanese actors in it has not spread to Lebanon, despite the fears of many. In spite of irreconcilable differences on the Syrian issue, Lebanon’s political camps have reached a fragile consensus that makes it possible for political institutions to function at least rudimentarily and for the security situation to be provisionally stabilized. However, this consensus remains precarious and threatened by the ambitions of Lebanese actors and by regional tensions.

24 Apr 2015 description

Lebanon - This week IOM and the Lebanese High Relief Commission (HRC) launched a project to register and profile Lebanese returnees from Syria. During the first week of registration, 3708 individuals were registered at eight different centers across the country.

Four years into the Syria crisis, its impact upon Lebanon continues to grow. With a quarter of the population made up of displaced people, it is now the country with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. Public services are overstretched, unemployment is up, and social tensions have risen.

23 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP delivered enough food to support over 4 million people in March, of which almost 15 percent was delivered cross border from Turkey and Jordan

  • While efforts to negotiate access continue, WFP reached less than ten percent of those believed to be in need of assistance in hard to reach and besieged areas

  • Despite donor generosity, shortfalls forced WFP to cut assistance to some 1.8 million Syrian refugees by 30 percent since the beginning of the year

23 Apr 2015 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

Due to the severity and the frequency of the snow storms the DREF Operation was amended to meet the growing need for repairing ambulances and 4x4 ambulance jeeps that were damaged during our response.

Moreover the time frame of the operation had to be extended by two months in order to meet the multiple responses that occurred during these severe snow storms and weather conditions and to complete the beneficiary satisfaction survey.

Situation analysis

22 Apr 2015 description

BACKGROUND

Since early 2011, Lebanon has received the largest number of Syrian refugees after Turkey and has the world’s highest per capita concentration of refugees compared to its population. As of April 2015, over 1.1 million Syrians have registered with UNHCR.