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(New York, 17 December 2014) I welcome the news that the Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution 2191, which renews resolution 2165, reaffirming their commitment to helping millions of Syrians in need of aid and protection.

Humanitarian organizations are committed to continuing to help people in desperate need despite the dangerous conditions we face. Syrians need a peaceful and stable future. I hope that a political solution will soon be found to end the crisis so that Syrians can face a future without fear.

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Summary

For 2015, this revised Emergency Appeal budget totals CHF 122m. With some CHF 76m of contributions received, the net multi-lateral needs amount to CHF 46m to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) to respond to the increased humanitarian needs on the ground by delivering assistance and support to 2.5m people (8m people during the total appeal time frame).

17 Dec 2014 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Wednesday 12/17/2014 - 17:25 GMT

The bodies of 230 people killed by the Islamic State group have been found in a mass grave uncovered by their relatives in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The discovery brings the number of Shaitat tribal members slain during the jihadists' summer advance in Deir Ezzor province near Iraq to more than 900, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Save the Children

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,323,031 have now fled Syria.
More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 53.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,727,976 refugee children in the region

URGENT NEEDS

17 Dec 2014 description

By decision of Development Minister Sirpa Paatero on 17 December, in the last distribution of funds for humanitarian assistance, Finland has granted 13.5 million euros to long-lasting and underfunded crises. The support is awarded to Finn Church Aid and UN organizations. The decision brings Finland’s humanitarian assistance this year to 105.7 million euros. This is a record-high amount for Finland, which indicates the extent of the world’s crises.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Fadia* balanced the tarp sheets on her right shoulder, lifted her one year-old daughter under her right arm, and walked unsteadily towards her tent, her plastic sandals squelching through the soft mud.

Fadia hails from Northwestern Syria and has been living with 30 families in one of many informal refugee settlements in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, since they fled the war in their country. This is her third winter in Bouday, a small town nestled amid tobacco fields at an altitude of 1,000 meters.

One tent for two families

17 Dec 2014 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.

17 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2014 – Having raised $88 million in a 10-day global fundraising effort, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said its funding for December 2014 was secure and the agency could resume providing food assistance through electronic vouchers to 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.

16 Dec 2014 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 12/16/2014

Nearly 200 combatants on both sides were killed in 24 hours when the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda took two regime bases in Idlib province, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain but gleans its information from a wide network of activists and medics on the ground, said Al-Nusra Front attackers also captured more than 100 regime soldiers.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Save the Children

Last week Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her refusal to back down from what she believes is right – and for shining a light on the daily struggle of millions of children around the world whose right to an education is under attack.

What happened to Malala – shot by a Taliban gunman on her school bus for speaking up for her right to an education – was a turning point. Her life changed forever, of course.

16 Dec 2014 description

This autumn, Palestine refugee students in Damascus, Beirut and Irbid linked up with students in the United Kingdom in the UNRWA school partnership project #myvoicemyschool. As the students got to know each other, they quickly developed friendships that transcended conflict and cultural differences. Craig, a student at Eastbury Comprehensive School in Essex said, “I was surprised at how we interacted so quickly when we had never met before.”

16 Dec 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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16 December 2014

Muhammad Al Humsi is one of the 100,000 Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp in Jordan. He and his family were forced to flee from their home nearly two years ago. Since then, he has been trying to get on with life as refugees in Jordan, learning useful skills like first aid especially to look after his ageing father. As he reminisces about his home and his land, he hopes to go back some day.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2139

On 22 February 2014, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2139 which, among other aspects demands all parties that allow rapid, safe and unhindered access by UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners to people in need. Humanitarian assistance is to be delivered through the most direct routes whether across borders or across conflict lines.

16 Dec 2014 description

UN Security Council Resolution 2165

On 14 July 2014, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2165 which, among other aspects, allows the UN and its implementing partners to use routes across conflict lines and the Turkey | Syria border crossings of Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa to ensure that humanitarian assistance, including medical and surgical supplies, reaches people in need throughout Syria through the most direct routes.