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30 May 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 5/30/2015 - 12:54 GMT

The Islamic State jihadist group launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The attack came a day after Kurdish militia executed 20 civilians accused of supporting the extremists, the monitoring group said.

"IS fighters started an assault on Hasakeh city and reached the city's southern periphery, where they are clashing with pro-regime forces," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

30 May 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

More than 1,200 families affected by conflict in Iraq are less likely to go hungry than before, thanks to an Islamic Relief project in Ninewa.

Continued conflict in northern Iraq has had a devastating impact on the ability of many families to meet even their most basic needs. Disruption to agriculture in the governorate of Ninewa has left farmers struggling to produce food to feed their families and to meet the needs of communities.

30 May 2015 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Saturday 5/30/2015 - 15:11 GMT

by Zein al-Rifai with Maya Gebeily in Beirut

Barrel bombs dropped from regime helicopters Saturday killed more than 70 civilians in Syria's Aleppo, while government forces in neighbouring Iraq retook an area west of the jihadist-controlled city of Ramadi.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said "at least 71 civilians were killed, and dozens wounded when regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs" on the provincial town of Al-Bab and the Al-Shaar district of the city of Aleppo.

30 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Barbara Goldberg

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) - A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday.

"One of the drivers of displacement and potential conflict over the next 10 to 20 years will be climate (change) - resource scarcity," said Miliband, a former foreign minister of Britain. "Climate change is going to compound the cocktail that's driving war and displacement."

29 May 2015 description

Editorial by MSF Belgium President Meinie Nicolai, who recently returned from a mission as Nurse Supervisor on the Bourbon Argos, one of two Search and Rescue ships MSF is operating in the Mediterranean.

In what is being described as “record time”, the European Union has proudly agreed on a naval mission to target smugglers that bring refugees and migrants from Libya by boat across the Mediterranean to Europe.

29 May 2015 description

A new project in Northern Syria run by SOS Children’s Villages and financed by the European Commission will provide complete care for hundreds of unaccompanied children and reunification services to reunite them with their families if possible.

29 May 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 29 May 2015, Brussels - Syrian refugee crisis: EU Trust Fund launches first response programmes for €40 million, helping up to 400,000 people in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

Today, the new EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, held its first board meeting and adopted European response programmes for € 40 million. It will provide aid to 400,000 Syrian refugees and host communities in need in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, focusing on education, livelihoods and food security targeting especially children and young people.

29 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • On 24 May, IOM suspended its evacuation flights out of Sana’a until further notice due to ongoing difficulties faced on the ground in Sana’a, including the imposition of undue constraints by various parties, which have continued to hamper IOM efforts to support the evacuation of third country nationals in a transparent and non-discriminatory manner

  • On 24 May, the Somaliland authorities announced they would suspend arrivals in Berbera until further assistance could be committed by partners on the ground

29 May 2015 description

Copenhagen, 29 05 2015. The Danish Red Cross (DRC) together with its consortium partners, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the German Red Cross (GRC) and the Norwegian Red Cross (NorCross) have been granted financial support of four million Euros from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).

29 May 2015 description

Budget Snapshot

Key Headlines:

  • The single biggest cut to Australia’s aid budget since the beginning of the aid program: Almost $1 billion was cut from 2015-16, representing a 20% cut for the year. The budget also confirms $2.7 billion of additional cuts in 2016-17 and 2017-18. By 2016-17, total Australian Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) as a share of Gross National Income (GNI) will fall to 0.22%. This is the lowest ever level since records began.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11911

7452nd Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Syrian Ambassador: End Turkish, Qatari, Saudi Terrorist Alliance

Syria’s descent into “deeper depths of despair” over the past four years had surpassed what even the most pessimistic observers thought possible, the top United Nations humanitarian official told the Security Council today, urging the 15-member body to set aside its political differences and prevent the abandonment of Syrians to further hopelessness.

28 May 2015 description

Highlights

• Approximately 45,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are recorded with UNRWA in Lebanon (12,700 families).

• Due to a shortfall in funding, UNRWA will be forced to significantly reduce cash assistance in the coming months.

• PRS in Lebanon are becoming increasingly vulnerable, with UNRWA cash assistance representing the main source of income for 95 per cent of PRS in Lebanon.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· UNICEF Syria participated this month in inter-agency cross-line convoys which provided humanitarian assistance to hard-to-reach locations delivering health, nutrition, WASH and education supplies to an estimated 125,575 beneficiaries.

· In Lebanon, UNICEF supported the enrolment of 67,490 Syrian refugee children and 11,600 vulnerable Lebanese children in formal public schools.