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27 Nov 2014 description

Damas, Syrie | AFP | Thursday 11/27/2014 - 13:53 GMT

Syrian troops have killed 50 "terrorists" in an ambush in the largely rebel-controlled countryside east of Damascus, according to state media.

"An army unit killed 50 terrorists in an ambush while they tried to flee Mediya village," SANA news agency reported late Wednesday, using the standard official term for the rebels.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 30 people, all of them men ,had been killed in the operation, backed by fighters of Lebanon's Hezbollah.

27 Nov 2014 description


  • Phase 1 of UNHCR’s winterization programme is under way in the centre and south of Iraq, while the Office began phase two in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I); distributed items include jerry cans and stoves.

  • Officials began distributing kerosene for IDPs this winter primarily in Dohuk.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Jordan Red Crescent

2½ years in Amman, poor health and wish for education.

Sayah H. Mutawi is 65, and lives with his wife Khawla (57) and daughter Faizah (16) and his wife’s two sisters in a two bedroom apartment in downtown Jordan. Barefoot, Sayah takes us into the main lounge room where his wife is lying in a large bed, with one of her sisters perched by her side.

27 Nov 2014 description

IERAPETRA, Grèce | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 15:21 GMT

Around 700 migrants aboard a freighter that had been drifting in the Aegean Sea for two days began disembarking on the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, local officials said.

The migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, include "a lot of women and children", said Theodosis Kalantzakis, the mayor of Ierapetra.

The Kiribati-flagged freighter Baris was towed to the seaside town of Ierapetra after suffering engine failure on Tuesday.

27 Nov 2014 description

In Jordan between January and October 2014, the RRP6 has delivered humanitarian assistance to 620,000 refugees and over 600,000 vulnerable Jordanians, combined with resilience and capacity support to communities, government services and institutions.

As of October 2014, the RRP6 Jordan is over 60% funded of a 1 billion USD appeal. The total appeal budget is divided 32% between camps and 68% for urban and rural areas. This compares to 20% of the total refugee population in camps and 80% living in host communities.

27 Nov 2014 description

26 NOVEMBER 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA was not cleared to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 26 November.

27 Nov 2014 description
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Banks Behaving Badly: US$27bn invested in cluster munition producers while use of banned weapon continues in Ukraine and Syria

27 Nov 2014 description

Leading aid and refugee agencies are launching a new call for the UK to offer up to 10,000 resettlement places to refugees from Syria.

The call comes at the latest immigration statistics are expected to reveal that only around 100 refugees have been resettled in the UK since the Government set up its special resettlement scheme for Syrians in January.

Oxfam, Save the Children, Amnesty International, the Refugee Council and over 25 other organisations have today signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to offer safe haven to more refugees from Syria.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description

CHANIA, Greece, November 26 (UNHCR) – Nineteen-year-old Doaa al Zamel fled her home in Syria in the hope of finding safety and a better future; she ended up desperately fighting for her life in the Mediterranean Sea and losing her fiancé.

She still relives the trauma of September 10, when an unidentified vessel rammed into the smuggler's trawler that was carrying Doaa and more than 500 other people, including many women and children, who dreamed of reaching Europe. The vessel quickly sank off the east coast of Malta; there were just 11 survivors.

26 Nov 2014 description

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

26 Nov 2014 description

IERAPETRA, Grèce | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 12:31 GMT

The Greek island of Crete was preparing on Wednesday to take in some 700 migrants aboard a freighter immobilised by engine failure, local officials said.

The Kiribati-flagged ferry Baris was being towed by a Greek navy frigate to the Cretan port of Ierapetra, and was expected to arrive on Thursday, the Greek coastguard said.

"The freighter is expected to arrive early on Thursday owing to poor weather conditions," a coastguard spokesman told AFP.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Geneva Call

From 17th to 20th November, Geneva Call held in Geneva its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment and gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders and officers and legal advisers – of 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) coming from 14 different countries including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most are signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.

26 Nov 2014 description
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Echoes from Syria Issue 6 - Human trafficking, exploitation, and displacement in Syria, November 2014 EN/AR

26 Nov 2014 description

Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 19:49 GMT

by Serene Assir

Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold Raqa have killed at least 95 people, while a delegation from President Bashar al-Assad's government held talks Wednesday with key ally Russia.

The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by Assad's air force in Raqa since fighters from the Sunni extremist IS seized the city last year and declared it their capital.

More than half of the dead were civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

26 Nov 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.

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-ninth session,
60th & 61st Meetings (AM & PM)

Offering a range of solutions for moving the Middle East peace process forward, while regretting the steps backward due to escalation of violence in recent months, the General Assembly adopted six draft resolutions today by recorded vote on the question of Palestine and the situation in the Middle East overall.

25 Nov 2014 description

Security Council Briefing on Syria
25 November 2014
As delivered

Mr. President,

Nine months ago this Council adopted resolution 2139 which sets out a comprehensive series of proposals to tackle the significant protection, access and humanitarian challenges facing civilians and humanitarian partners in Syria.