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30 Aug 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 13:55 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group has executed more than 90 people, a third of them civilians, over the past month in areas of war-torn Syria under its control, a monitoring group said Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 32 civilians were among 91 people executed for "crimes" in the jihadist group's self-proclaimed caliphate between July 29 and August 29.

The toll included IS members, rebel fighters and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

30 Aug 2015 description

Highlights

 Violence and armed conflict remain key drivers of displacement in Iraq that has forced about 3.2 million people to leave their homes since January 2014.

 Humanitarian access remains tenuous in hotspot areas in Anbar governorate.

 Emergency response continues to people who have fled towards the Bzeibiz bridge and Ameriyat al Falluja area in Anbar who reside in camps and informal settlements.

 About 80,000 people in Haditha need food, safe water and health services.

8.6 m people in need

30 Aug 2015 description

Introduction

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, detention and forced “disappearances” have occurred on a daily, and increasing, basis. Exacerbating the situation is the fact that a variety of parties rule different areas of Syria. The regime of Bashar al-Assad holds the greatest number of arbitrarily detained people, accounting for 96 percent of forced disappearances. The remainder are the responsibility of ISIS, the Kurd Self-Management Forces and other armed opposition groups.

29 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:40 GMT
Author: Reuters

TRIPOLI, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Three people have been arrested in Libya on suspicion of involvement in launching a boat packed with migrants that sank off the country's Mediterranean coast, killing up to 200 people, a security official said on Saturday.

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29 Aug 2015 description

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 20:01 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari with Simon Sturdee in Vienna

Calls multiplied Sunday for Europe finally to get to grips with its ever-deadlier migrant crisis after Austria's horrific truck tragedy, as people continued to pour into Hungary from Serbia despite a newly completed razor-wire barrier.

29 Aug 2015 description

Kecskemét, Hungary | AFP | Saturday 8/29/2015 - 13:18 GMT

by Peter Murphy with Serene Assir on the Greece-Macedonia border

A truce between Syrian regime forces and rebel groups in three key towns ended early Saturday as the warring parties resumed clashes and shelling, a monitor and a mediator said.

Pro-regime forces, including Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah militia, had agreed on a 48-hour ceasefire until dawn on Saturday in the rebel bastion of Zabadani and the government-held villages of Fuaa and Kafraya.

29 Aug 2015 description
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Enclosure

Note by the Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Progress in the elimination of the Syrian chemical weapons programme

29 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

28 August 2015 – The United Nations Security Council today condemned the use of sexual violence, in particular sexual enslavement and sexual violence “related to or resulting from forced marriage, committee, including as a tactic of war, in Syria and Iraq,” and urged all parties to armed conflict to take all feasible steps to protect civilians from such “abhorrent” acts.

28 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 28 August 2015 (IRIN) - On Thursday, Austrian police opened the back of a truck abandoned on the side of a motorway to find the bodies of 71 migrants. They had suffocated after paying smugglers to transport them across the border from neighbouring Hungary. The bodies were so decomposed it took a day to determine the number of dead.

28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

28 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 16:25 GMT

by Geza Molnar

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vaunted the razor-wire fence being laid along the Serbian border as the only answer to stop tens of thousands of migrants from getting in.

But a visit by AFP made clear that for people hardened by war in their home countries, treacherous journeys across the Mediterranean and trekking hundreds of miles, Orban is going to have to try harder.

28 Aug 2015 description

A generous pledge of US$ 15 million from the Government of Kuwait will help enable UNRWA to open its schools on time for the 2015/16 school year. UNRWA had been facing a budget deficit of US$ 101 million in its General Fund that risked delaying the school year for the Agency’s 685 schools, potentially affecting half a million Palestine refugee children in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

28 Aug 2015 description

By Corinne Ambler, IFRC

In a crowded tent on a dusty piece of ground near Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, the Samir family sits talking to a Red Cross doctor about the illnesses of the four children in the group. All around them, other children fight and wail, and Dr Sandra Ignjatovska has to shout to make herself heard.

28 Aug 2015 description

PALERMO, Italy, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – Abdel pushed his face up to the cracks between the wooden floorboards, gasping for air.

Next to him between 200 and 300 migrants and refugees – who departed Zuwarah, Libya in the early hours of Tuesday morning on a rickety wooden boat – were suffocating in the pitch-black hold.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" at the grim discovery yesterday of the bodies of 71 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary.

"This tragedy underscores the ruthlessness of people smugglers who have expanded their business from the Mediterranean sea to the highways of Europe. It shows they have no regard for human life and are only after profit," UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a press briefing in Geneva.

28 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 28 (UNHCR) – More than 300,000 refugees and migrants have used the dangerous sea route across the Mediterranean so far this year with almost 200,000 of them landing in Greece and a further 110,000 in Italy.

The UN refugee agency, revealing the latest statistics in Geneva on Friday, said this represents a large increase from last year, when around 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean during the whole of 2014.

28 Aug 2015 description

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda today, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and the host communities. In late July, 2015, UNRWA received credible reports of an outbreak of typhoid in Yarmouk and its surrounding areas, threatening the lives and wellbeing of thousands of civilians.

SITUATION REPORT – 27 AUGUST 2015

28 Aug 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme

The United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) is a network of depots around the world (Ghana, Italy, UAE, Malaysia, Panama, Spain) that stores and manages relief items on behalf of the humanitarian community. Strategic stocks of emergency relief goods are available at any given time and, at the onset of an emergency, UNHRD is ready to dispatch immediately.

28 Aug 2015 description

SG/SM/17036-DC/3579

SECRETARY GENERAL PRESS RELEASE

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The continuing reports of the use of chemical weapons, as well as the use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in the Syrian conflict are deeply disturbing. The Secretary-General strongly condemns any such use by any party to the conflict.