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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #20, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014


  • U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announces nearly $378 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis.

  • Since 2012, the USG has provided nearly $438 million to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for cross-border humanitarian assistance.

  • On July 24, the U.N. sent its first humanitarian aid convoy from Turkey to Syria since the unanimous passage of UNSCR 2165 on July 14


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Lebanon + 2 others
Politics Complicates Education in Lebanon’s Refugee Camps

By Shelly Kittleson

BEIRUT, Aug 1 2014 (IPS) - The Shatila Palestinian camp has no library, nor does adjacent Sabra or Ain El-Hilweh in the south. And, after recent statements by Lebanon’s foreign minister, some fear that the thousands of Syrian refugee children within them will soon have even slimmer chances of learning to read and write.

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Lebanon + 3 others
Lebanon suspends work permits for Ebola-hit countries

08/01/2014 13:27 GMT

BEIRUT, August 1, 2014 (AFP) - With 20,000 citizens living in three countries affected by an Ebola outbreak, Lebanon is taking a series of measures to prevent the virus reaching its shores, government officials said Friday.

Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, during a tour of Beirut airport, said the ministry "has asked all airlines, particularly those bringing people from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, to inform Lebanese authorities about anyone displaying suspicious symptoms."

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Ebola: le Liban suspend les permis de travail pour des ressortissants africains

08/01/2014 10:32 GMT

BEYROUTH, 1 août 2014 (AFP) - Le ministère libanais du Travail a décidé de suspendre la délivrance de permis de travail aux ressortissants de pays africains où sévit l'épidémie d'Ebola qui a fait déjà plus de 700 morts sur ce continent.

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Sécheresse et mauvaise utilisation derrière la pénurie d’eau

Oriol Andrés Gallart

BEYROUTH, 31 juil (IPS) - En face de la mosquée Osman Ben Affan, dans une rue étroite au centre de Beyrouth, plusieurs camions-citernes sont en train d’être remplis avec de grandes quantités d'eau. La mosquée a son propre puits, qui lui permet de pomper l'eau directement à partir des aquifères qui traversent le sous-sol du Liban.

Une fois remplis, les camions commenceront à parcourir la ville pour approvisionner des centaines de maisons et de boutiques.

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United States Government Bolsters Aid To Hungry Syrians With A US$185 Million Contribution To WFP

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$185 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed the hungry in the fourth year of Syria’s protracted humanitarian crisis.

Of that amount, US$122 million will help Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and US$63 million will assist vulnerable people within Syria. This critical cash contribution will be used for food, cash-and-voucher and other programmes. The funds come from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Lebanon + 1 other
Conflict-sensitive aid in Lebanon


International Alert is working with UN agencies in Lebanon to help reduce tensions between the local population and Syrian refugees over healthcare provision.

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Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 20-26 July



• On 30 July, the Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on the first cross-border operation under SC Resolution 2165 (2014). The operation was carried out on Thursday, 24 July, from Turkey through Bab Al Salam border crossing into Syria and included food, shelter materials, household items and water and sanitation supplies for approximately 26,000 people in Aleppo and Idleb Governorates.

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Latest innovations in cash transfers


Instead of queuing for rations, many aid recipients today are quite likely to be given the means to buy their own food. As the cash transfer sector matures, IRIN spoke to experts to discuss the latest innovations and lessons learned.


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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

07/30/2014 18:07 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday unveiled $378 million in new humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, denouncing "appalling 'starve or surrender' tactics" by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"The regime is asphyxiating half a million Syrians in Aleppo by obstructing deliveries of food, water, and medicine," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

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Gaza: HI to expand humanitarian response

In response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, Handicap International is donating equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches to Al-Shifa hospital, where many of the injured are being treated. The organization made its first donation on July 23, and plans to make more donations this week.

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World + 17 others
Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14


Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Council scales up humanitarian assistance for Syria

European Union

In reaction to the continuing deterioration of the situation in Syria, the Council today approved 1 the increase of humanitarian and development assistance.

The Council backed a Commission proposal (12055/14) to increase humanitarian assistance by 50 million €, bringing the total humanitarian support for Syria to 150 million € in 2014. This is to address the most pressing needs of the most vulnerable persons inside Syria and in the neighbour countries. The additional support is notably aimed at helping health care services, providing medicines and scaling up water supply.

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World + 44 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Lebanon + 1 other
The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students & Scholars in Lebanon

The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector, not only in Syria but also in the neighboring countries that are hosting so many displaced Syrians. In this report, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis looks at the conditions and educational needs of Syrians university students and scholars in Lebanon.

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Syria Crisis Common Context Analysis

A product of the Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning (CALL) Initiative, this paper aims to save evaluation teams time and research, and avoid unnecessary duplication.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

By Oriol Andrés Gallart

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 09 - 22 July 2014


  • Food assistance reaches Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh

  • 12-truck WFP convoy departs for Deir-ez-Zor city

  • Nutrition programme for displaced women launched in Homs and Lattakia

  • Ramadan distributions in Jordan conclude ahead of Eid

  • WFP monitoring shows most refugees in camps in Turkey to be food secure

  • In Egypt, Carrefour provides 3 percent discount on purchases with WFP e-card

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Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 13 -19 July


  • On 14 July, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access to Syria. The resolution is intended to facilitate the delivery of aid in line with the approach pursued by UN humanitarian agencies, which aims at providing humanitarian assistance to persons need throughout Syria, through the most direct routes. Specifically, the resolution authorizes the UN to use four border crossing points (two at the Turkish, one at the Jordan and one at the Iraqi borders) in addition to those already in use.