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report IRIN

By Samya Kullab

BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.

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BERLIN, Nov 24 (UNHCR) – Gripping the handlebars of the unfamiliar, borrowed bicycle, Shiraz peers down at her right foot and places it hesitantly on the raised pedal. Lifting her head, eyes fixed on the wide sweep of park beyond, she glides off as her left leg falls irresistibly into a pedalling rhythm.

25 Nov 2015 description

At the invitation of Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Italian counterpart Gentiloni, the Foreign Ministers of the Western Balkans met in Berlin on Tuesday, 24 November. The main focus of the talks was the current refugee crisis. The Ministers also discussed economic issues regarding investment and economic growth in the region.

The refugee and migrant crisis does not just pose a major challenge for the European Union but also for the countries in the Western Balkans.

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Turkish officials say their fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday 24 November after warning it ten times in the space of five minutes that it was violating Turkish airspace. Moscow said that a SU-24 was downed but could prove the aircraft never left Syrian airspace, with President Vladimir Putin himself saying it was 1km inside Syria. Drawing on the expertise of its analysts covering Syria, Turkey and Russia, International Crisis Group has compiled this background Q&A on possible dangers ahead.

25 Nov 2015 description


6,000 Refugees registered since the outbreak of the crisis
2,612 Registered females.
2,277 Registered children and adolescents.


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Amman, New York, 25 November 2015

This statement is attributable to Kevin Kennedy, Assistant-Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

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AMMAN/IRBID — The Norwegian Refugee Council on Wednesday handed over new classrooms at alTaybeh Primary School for Girls to the representatives of the Ministry of Education, during a ceremony attended by the Norwegian Embassy, a government delegation and several international agencies.

The extension increases the capacity of the school by around 30%, allowing it to cater to an additional 360 students, both Jordanians and Syrian refugees, in addition to creating a new toilet block.

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  • In October 2015 the Syrian Government increased the official price of bread to SYP 50/bundle (from SYP 35/bundle), gas cylinder to SYP1,800 (from SYP1,600), diesel to SYP135/L (from SYP130/L).
    Consequently, the purchasing power and food security situation of poor households, who mainly depend on food purchases, has continued to deteriorate and increasing their dependence on external assistance to cover their basic food needs.

25 Nov 2015 description

Turkey’s humanitarian relief efforts continue for the Bayirbucak Turkmens who faced a series of attacks in the NW of Syria and sought refuge in Yamadi Camp, near the Hatay, Yayladagi border.

24 November 2015, Hatay / Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) coordinates the humanitarian relief efforts in cooperation with Ministry of Health, the Governorship of Hatay, Turkish Red Crescent and a number of NGOs, for the 507 Turkmen families in Yamadi camp.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

John Owens
Last updated on: November 24, 2015 6:05 PM

BEIRUT, LEBANON— Concerns are growing as winter approaches and more Syrian refugees in Lebanon are driven by debt into makeshift shelters.

Aid agencies are attempting to reduce the potentially devastating consequences of freezing conditions and snowstorms that killed eight last year, including three Syrian refugees.

Many refugees are reliant on handouts because governments restrict their ability to provide for themselves.

25 Nov 2015 description

Al-Zerba Primary Health Care Center Bombed

November 24th, 2015 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Physicians Across Continents (PAC Global) have issued an official statement expressing their deep sorrow at the assault against Al-Zerba Town, southern Aleppo Countryside, on Sunday, which caused severe damage but no casualties.

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Statistics/ Highlights

  • 2, 201 refugees and migrants arrived: 2,027 from fYRo Macedonia and 174 from Bulgaria.

  • 6,234 departed to Croatia.

  • 3,819 asylum seekers were registered on 23 November, bringing the total to 467,960.

25 Nov 2015 description
report European Commission

The European Council on 15 October welcomed the Joint Action Plan with Turkey as part of a comprehensive cooperation agenda based on shared responsibility, mutual commitments and delivery. The European Council also agreed to step up political and financial engagement with Turkey in a number of areas. As foreseen in the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan, the EU has committed to provide immediate and continuous humanitarian assistance in Turkey.

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The Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This infographic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

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The Humanitarian Coalition welcomes the Government of Canada’s Syrian refugee plan announced today, which focuses on the most vulnerable: families, women and members of the LGBT community, whether men or women.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session,
63rd & 64th Meetings (AM & PM)

The General Assembly today adopted six resolutions on Palestinian and Middle East issues, as diverse as the Syrian Golan and the United Nations special information programme on the question of Palestine, all by recorded votes, exposing divisions in the world body.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UN News Service

24 November 2015 – Stepping up efforts to broker a ceasefire in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, is briefing various opposition groups on latest international efforts to end a five-year conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.