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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Forced Migration Review No. 47: The Syria crisis, displacement and protection

The 6.45 million displaced people inside Syria make this the largest IDP crisis in the world, with possibly also the largest number of people who are ‘trapped’. In addition, the number of refugees from Syria continues to increase. The international community has an opportunity to set up, from now, an effective response to what will clearly become protracted displacement. These 20 articles discuss how to increase protection for the displaced and how to shape assistance to both the displaced and their ‘host

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis Issue No. 24 Period covered: 1 - 31 August 2014


SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: UNFPA reaches 20,300 woman of reproductive age in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Raqa and Hama, Deraa, Tartus and Latakia with reproductive health and GBV services. Additionally 7,100 Iraqi refugees in Al-Hasakah receive dignity kits and reproductive health supplies to ensure safe deliveries. UNFPA facilitates training and awareness raising sessions on reproductive health and GBV for 42 community leaders and NGO staff in Sweida.

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Syria crisis: three million refugees

Three million people have now fled Syria to escape fighting, and the crisis is getting worse by the day. [Please donate to our Syria Crisis appeal>>]( According to the United Nations, more than three million people have now fled Syria to escape fighting – and a further 6.5 million have been forced from their homes within the country.
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Helping Iraqi Christian Families Fleeing ISIS

By Renee Targos

Food for the Hungry (FH) is giving shelter and other relief support to Iraqi Christian families and Syrians escaping violence from the terrorist group, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

With international news coverage of ISIS beheading Christians in Iraq and many surrounding countries closing borders, Iraqi families are arriving in Lebanon—a country already taxed with Syrian refugees—in desperate need. Others are remaining in their country trying to seek safety.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014


• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Syrian Refugee Response: Lebanon Inter-Agency Update, 29 August 2014


  • The number of Syrian refugees registered in the region crossed the 3-million mark on 29 August. 1,175,000 are in Lebanon;

  • The number of children enrolled in non-formal education in 2014 reached 48,651;

  • 23,000 primary and secondary healthcare consultations were provided;

  • 51 per cent of registered Syrian refugees have benefited from shelter support as of this month;

  • 1,900 Syrian refugees accessed food in Arsal.

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UNRWA and WFP partner to secure food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon

UNRWA and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support cash for food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon.

The signing ceremony was hosted by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in his office in Baabda, and attended by ambassadors and heads of United Nations agencies in Lebanon.

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Syrian Refugee Crisis: Medair identifies unofficial settlements as refugee numbers soar to 3 million


Relief organisation Medair uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to map informal refugee settlements so that humanitarian agencies can coordinate and deliver aid.

As the number of Syrian refugees reaches 3 million, Medair continues to locate unofficial refugee settlements so that people receive the vital help they need.

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Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey - 29 August 2014

Regional highlights:

  • The rising number of conflicts in the region is further increasing the complexity of the Syrian refugee response. Host governments and communities are responding to meet the needs of both nationals and refugees affected by insecurity. In Iraq, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis are displaced within the country, which is also hosting some 220,000 Syrian refugees. Clashes in Arsal, Lebanon, have caused widespread damage, affecting both Lebanese residents and more than 40,000 Syrian refugees.

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TVET graduates look forward to improved job prospects in Lebanon

The annual graduation ceremony at the UNRWA Siblin Training Centre in Lebanon was a particularly special celebration this year, as it also marked the accreditation of the Agency’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programme by the Lebanese Ministry of Education.

Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon Ann Dismorr said the new accreditation will improve the job prospects of the Agency’s TVET graduates in Lebanon.

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Three million tragic stories. When will it end?

By Misty Buswell, Director of Advocacy, Media & Communications, Middle East and Eurasia Regional Office, Jordan

29 August 2014 marks another terrible milestone in the Syria crisis: the three millionth registered refugee.

The war is more than three years old. At least 191,000 have died and nearly 11 million are in need of humanitarian aid inside Syria.

Meanwhile, three million, including more than 1.5 million children, have now fled a country in chaos. And those are only the ones who are officially registered.

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3 million refugees and no end in sight


Life in Syria is so bad that around three million people have had to leave. According to the latest UN reports, the number of people leaving the country to seek refuge is likely to reach three million today (Friday 29 August).

Most of these people are living in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan where Tearfund and other agencies are helping them.

The conflict in Syria began more than three years ago in March 2011. Since then nearly 200,000 people have died in the fighting, according to some estimates. More than 6 million people are homeless.

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Children 'may never recover' from Syrian conflict

World Vision

World Vision is urging world leaders not to forget the ongoing suffering of children caused by the Syrian conflict, as refugee numbers surpassed three million, according to the UN.

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Three millions have fled the war in Syria - A terrible milestone

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries. “A terrible milestone”, says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Egeland agrees with the UN stating that Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era."

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Oxfam calls on Western governments to offer haven as number of registered Syrian refugees reaches 3 million


UK has so far only taken in 50 Syrian refugees under its vulnerable persons relocation scheme

Western and other rich countries should step up their efforts to resettle Syrian refugees, Oxfam said today after the number registered with UNHCR reached 3 million.

Urgent action is necessary in order to respond to a growing regional crisis caused by increasing displacement, insufficient aid and over-burdened infrastructure in neighbouring countries, Oxfam added.

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.