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Regular press briefing by the Information Service, 19 Sep 2014 - Deaths of children in Syria (WHO)

Christian Lindmeier, for the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke about an incident during a recent measles vaccination campaign in Syria. WHO was still relying on second hand information on the ground, and trying to get a clarification. WHO had dispatched a team of three to get the information verified on the ground.

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Denmark + 2 others
Denmark tightens asylum laws citing Syrian influx

09/19/2014 13:52 GMT

COPENHAGEN, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Denmark said on Friday it would introduce a new, temporary type of residence permit for asylum seekers fleeing civil wars such as the Syrian conflict after a huge surge in the number of applications.

It also unveiled a new plan for stemming the flow of Danish extremist fighters to Syria and Iraq.

"The majority of the refugees we see at the moment are not individually persecuted in their home country," Justice Minister Karen Haekkerup said in a statement.

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Italy + 7 others
Is the EU doing enough to prevent migrant deaths at sea?

Report
IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

JOHANNESBURG, 19 September 2014 (IRIN) - The news that up to 850 lives were lost in the Mediterranean this past weekend as a result of five shipwrecks of boats carrying migrants has sparked a new round of calls for the European Union (EU) to take more responsibility for preventing deaths at sea.

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Turkey + 1 other
Turkey reopens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS jihadists

09/19/2014 14:55 GMT

by Fulya OZERKAN

DIKMETAS, September 19, 2014 (AFP) - Turkey on Friday reopened its border with Syria to Kurds fleeing Islamic State (IS) militants, saying a "worst-case scenario" could drive as many as 100,000 more refugees into the country.

Groups of visibly exhausted Syrian Kurds, most of them women and children who had fled their homes on foot, were shown on live television crossing into the southeastern Turkish village of Dikmetas, under tight security.

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Lebanon + 3 others
Emergency Grant Aid in response to IDPs in Iraq and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon affected by the ISIL offensive

  1. According to the announcement of the United Nations, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, affected by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) offensive, is increased by approximately 1,800,000 people. Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon is also increased approximately 1,180,000 people (more than a quarter of all the population in Lebanon).

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Futures under threat: The impact of the education crisis on Syria’s children

Education Has Never Been Deadlier for Syria's Children

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Fairfield, Conn. (Sept. 19, 2014) — Education is now one of the deadliest pursuits for children and teachers inside Syria, as the country's schools are increasingly being damaged and destroyed in the conflict.

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World + 2 others
DEC Annual Report & Accounts 2013-2014

Saleh Saeed, DEC CEO, writes a special letter to all our supporters announcing the new DEC Annual Report.

Dear DEC supporter,

Last year was an extraordinary one for the Disasters Emergency Committee and we want to thank you for being part of it.

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Funding shortfall forces WFP to announce cutbacks to Syrian food assistance operation

In Syria, the size of next month’s food ration will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut, the agency said.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 18 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP is scaling back food assistance for Syrian refugees across the region from October as a result of funding shortfalls. Both the number of beneficiaries and the value of food vouchers will be reduced. As an example, monthly food assistance to around 440,000 Syrian refugees living in towns and villages in Jordan will be reduced from $34 to $16.

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Egypt + 1 other
Desperate Syrian refugees risk all in bid to reach Europe

Report
Guardian

Despite the many dangers of trying to cross the Mediterranean, tens of thousands of refugees still seek asylum in Europe

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Bulgaria + 2 others
Bulgaria: New Evidence Syrians Forced Back to Turkey

(Brussels, September 18, 2014) – Bulgarian border police have in the past month forced Syrian asylum seekers back to Turkey and beaten some of them, Human Rights Watch said today based on accounts by victims.

Human Rights Watch documented three separate incidents of summary returns from Bulgaria to Turkey involving at least 43 people, all Syrians. These incidents are consistent with the pushbacks to Turkey and abuse of asylum seekers and migrants by Bulgarian authorities that Human Rights Watch documented in an April 2014 report.

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 2 - 5 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Syria: During the reporting period, IOM distributed non-food items to an estimated 2,959 vulnerable and displaced individuals hosted in El Ifraj camp and in Kafar Amim village in Idleb.

Iraq: Between 7 July and 2 September, 2,834 Syrian refugees received inter-camp transportation assistance from IOM.

Jordan: During the reporting period, IOM screened 267 Syrian refugees for Tuberculosis (TB) and identified four new TB cases.

International Organization for Migration:

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UNHCR Syria In Focus Fortnightly Update - Sep- Issue 14 of 2014 [EN/AR]

Highlights

  • Helps with back to school expenses
  • UNHCR registers over 4000 Yazidis
  • 11 million CRIs distributed
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World + 6 others
Gulf countries: growing aid powers

Report
IRIN

DUBAI, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - Gulf countries are ramping up their overseas aid spending by providing hundreds of millions of dollars to emergencies both in the Middle East and further afield while at the same time broadening multilateral engagement and joining global debates on aid effectiveness.

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World + 10 others
New fund for victims of conflict-related violence and natural disasters

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

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Iraq + 1 other
Comparative Analysis of Syrian Refugees Staying In and Outside Camps: Kurdistan Region of Iraq Multi-Sector Needs Assessment Factsheet, September 2014

Introduction

According to the latest estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of 26 August 2014, more than 215,000 Syrian refugees reside in Iraq, over 90% of which currently live in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Around 90,000 of these refugees in the KRI reside in nine refugee camps (two of which were set up as transit sites), while the remaining 125,000 have settled among the host communities throughout the three Kurdish governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

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Iraq + 1 other
Multi-Sector Needs Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Camps: Kurdistan Region of Iraq Assessment Report, September 2014

Summary

As of 15 July 2014, according to the latest estimated from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 217,000 Syrian refugees reside in Iraq, most of whom (208,000) have settled in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Around 92,000 of these refugees in the KRI currently reside in nine refugee camps (two of which were set up as transit sites), while the remaining 116,000 have settled among the host community across the KRI.1