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Jordan + 1 other
Syrian wrestling champion brings hope to refugee youth

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Mercy Corps

Mohammed Al Karad is a familiar face to many Syrians. The 32-year-old from Dara'a rose to notoriety during more than a decade as Syria’s national wrestling champion, and went on to coach the national team.

But despite his glorious past and titles, Mohammed is a refugee today — just like nearly three million of his fellow Syrians who have fled their country’s civil war.

At the gates of Za’atari

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Iraq + 1 other
IOCC Assists Syrian Families Seeking Refuge In Northern Iraq

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Syrian refugee families wait patiently for their turn to receive emergency relief items from a distribution center in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region. More than 220,000 Syrian refugees have fled here from the violence of civil war – often arriving with nothing but the clothes they wear. Many have sought refuge at Kawergosk Refugee Camp in Erbil, which has already surpassed its capacity to shelter 10,000 people since it opened less than a year ago.

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Urgent Appeal for More CWS School Kits

Following the two latest shipments of CWS School Kits to our partner IOCC for children in Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Church World Service has just over 5,000 CWS School Kits in stock, against pending requests for 15,000 from Romania and 3,000 from Moldova – and more requests are expected soon.

CWS School Kits give children buffeted by war, natural disaster and poverty some of the basic tools for learning, so it is vitally important that we replenish our supplies as quickly as possible.

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Security Council Weighs Effectiveness during ‘Eventful and at Times Tragic Month’

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7231st Meeting (PM)

Although the Security Council should be commended for overcoming divisions and adopting important measures in the face of several grave international crises, it remained clear that Council members were once again unable or unwilling to use their influence to find sustainable political solutions, the representative of Rwanda, Council President, told the 15-member body today.

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Syria army shelling near Damascus kills 12: NGO

07/30/2014

DOUMA, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Twelve people were killed, among them a child, in Syrian army shelling late Wednesday on Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, a monitoring group said.

"At least 12 people were killed, among them a child and a woman... in fierce shelling by regime troops on several areas of Douma," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Several dozens more, including children, were wounded," said the Britain-based group, which relies on a broad network of activists, doctors and lawyers for its reports.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement to the press on Syria

Today I briefed the Security Council on the situation of the millions of Syrians in desperate need of aid and protection, and on progress in implementing resolutions 2139 and 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria.

Attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of international humanitarian and human rights law.

In addition attacks on medical facilities are at their highest levels since December 2012.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

07/30/2014 18:07 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday unveiled $378 million in new humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, denouncing "appalling 'starve or surrender' tactics" by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"The regime is asphyxiating half a million Syrians in Aleppo by obstructing deliveries of food, water, and medicine," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

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Iraq + 1 other
IKEA Foundation helps restore sense of home for Syrian refugees in Iraq

ARBAT REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, July 30 (UNHCR) – Since arriving from Syria nearly a year ago, 52-year-old Halima Murad and her family have been at the mercy of Iraq's extreme weather in this camp near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah.

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Armenia + 1 other
Helping to settle a Syrian family in Armenia

It is seven months since I first met Maral Gahvesjian, waiting patiently in a long queue of Syrians of Armenian descent, for their WFP food rations at Charents 20, a residential area of the capital, Yerevan. Maral, her husband and their three sons, fled their home in Aleppo, Syria nearly two years ago – as she put it, “leaving the dark days behind."

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Barrage of Barrel Bombs

Attacks on Civilians Defy UN Resolution

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(New York) – The Syrian government is raining high explosive barrel bombs on civilians in defiance of a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution, Human Rights Watch said today. Resolution 2139 of February 22, 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 29 July 2014

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

"There was no UNRWA distribution in Yarmouk today, 29 July. UNRWA has been informed by the Syrian authorities that distribution will be permitted to recommence on Thursday, 31 July, following completion of the Eid al-Fitr period. UNRWA stands ready to resume operations immediately and is encouraging all parties to continue facilitation of food and medical assistance to civilians in Yarmouk, as soon as possible.

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World + 17 others
Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

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Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Treaty banning cluster bombs marks four-year anniversary

(August 1, 2014) On the fourth anniversary of it first becoming binding international law, campaigners will today urge every country in the world to join the international treaty banning cluster bombs.

The call comes just days after the second anniversary of the start of ongoing use of cluster munitions against civilians in Syria, in July 2012.

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Council scales up humanitarian assistance for Syria

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European Union

In reaction to the continuing deterioration of the situation in Syria, the Council today approved 1 the increase of humanitarian and development assistance.

The Council backed a Commission proposal (12055/14) to increase humanitarian assistance by 50 million €, bringing the total humanitarian support for Syria to 150 million € in 2014. This is to address the most pressing needs of the most vulnerable persons inside Syria and in the neighbour countries. The additional support is notably aimed at helping health care services, providing medicines and scaling up water supply.

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World + 44 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Tajikistan + 7 others
Humanitarian Bulletin South Caucasus and Central Asia, Issue 03 | 1 January – 30 June 2014

In the first half of 2014, cross-border tensions continued in the Fergana valley, while multiple disasters hit Tajikistan. Authorities are warning that drought is looming over Kyrgyzstan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Syria rebels advance towards key airport in Hama province

07/29/2014 09:24 GMT

BEIRUT, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian rebels pressed on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military aiport, a rebel commander and a monitor said Tuesday.

"The rebels are now nine kilometres (six miles) away from Hama military airport, which they want to put out of action," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

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Lebanon + 1 other
The War Follows Them: Syrian University Students & Scholars in Lebanon

The crisis in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on professors, university students, and the education sector, not only in Syria but also in the neighboring countries that are hosting so many displaced Syrians. In this report, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and its Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis looks at the conditions and educational needs of Syrians university students and scholars in Lebanon.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Crisis Appeal: left with nothing

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Christian Aid

July 2014

More than 1.2 million people are now believed to have fled their homes in the last month. As violence and instability continues to spread, and as summer temperatures reach 45°C, those displaced are in urgent need of assistance.

Families need water, food, shelter, healthcare, sanitation and protection from violence.

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Syria: Car bombs target Eid shoppers

Syria – MSF: Car bombs in northern Syria target Eid shoppers

Paris, July 28 2014. Two car bombs exploded in towns in northern Syria on 26 July – one in Atmeh and the other in Azaz – causing large numbers of civilian casualties, including a Syrian staff member of the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF strongly condemns these deadly attacks on civilians.