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23 Jul 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 7/23/2016 - 17:13 GMT by Layal Abou Rahal

Islamic State group militants clashed on Saturday with US-backed fighters in the Syrian town of Manbij, pursuing their fierce defence of the jihadist stronghold and ignoring a deadline to leave.

There are growing fears for the fate of civilians trapped in Manbij, formerly a key stop along IS's supply route from neighbouring Turkey into its self-styled Islamic "caliphate" in Syria.

23 Jul 2016 description


  • Hundreds of thousands of civilians in eastern Aleppo City cut off from humanitarian assistance

  • Tens of thousands of civilians trapped in Menbij as fighting continues

  • Multiple attacks on hospitals in Aleppo and Idleb governorates

  • Airlifts of humanitarian supplies to Qamishli commence

  • An estimated 2.9 million children aged 5 and under know nothing but conflict

  • One out of three children under five not reached by routine vaccination

22 Jul 2016 description

Geneva, 21 July 2016

Jan Egeland (JE).: We have now been working in the Humanitarian Taskforce of the ISSG since mid-February, about five months. When we take stock after this first half year, this year, we see that we [the UN] have now reached 1 million people, in hard to reach areas and in besieged areas. We have reached 400,000 of the 590,000 people inside the besieged areas, at least once in the course of these five months.

We have had 76 air drops to Deir ez-Zor, the air lifts to Qamishly in Hasakah is now working well, there has been 16 airlift operations.

22 Jul 2016 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 18:24 GMT |

The Islamic State group is using civilians as human shields in Syria, a US military official said Friday, at a time when the coalition has been accused of killing dozens of civilians in strikes near Manbij.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the coalition of killing 56 civilians, including 11 children, as they fled Tuesday from a village near Manbij, a strategic waypoint between Turkey and the jihadist stronghold of Raqa.

22 Jul 2016 description

SNHR has published a report entitled “Russian Forces are Pouring Cluster Munition over Syria”. The report draws upon 21 accounts by eyewitnesses, survivors, and local media activists that SNHR contacted.

The report sheds light on the incidents of cluster munition use that have been documented from the beginning of the Russian military action in Syria until the commencement of Cessation of Hostilities statement on 27 February 2016. This, however, doesn’t mean that Russian forces have ceased the use of cluster munitions after the Cessation of Hostilities was put into effect.

22 Jul 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Government Should Urgently Allow Aid Into Opposition-Held Areas

(New York, July 22, 2016) – The Syrian government and allied forces should urgently allow access to aid to besieged eastern Aleppo, Human Rights Watch said today.

22 Jul 2016 description

This report aims to analyze how formal and informal security providers implement their respective social order agendas through a security “assemblage”. It also aims to inform the debate on refugee protection and security provision in urban settings, in the context of Lebanon’s hybrid security system. The accounts collected illustrate how state security institutions tacitly accept – or even rely on – informal security actors, managing at times to achieve their political and strategic goals through decentralized and/or illegal forms of control.

22 Jul 2016 description
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Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 20 Jul 2016): 159,297

Total arrivals in Greece during Jul 2016: 920

Average daily arrivals during Jul 2016:**46**

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2016:**52**

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland:**68**

22 Jul 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Tightened border restrictions after last month's deadly bombing are cutting off desperately needed food and water.

Jane Arraf

There is no shortage of desperate refugees at the border who would be happy to fill them, but after five years of taking in Syrian refugees, Jordan - increasingly concerned about security - has slammed its last border post shut.

Read the full article on Al Jazeera.

22 Jul 2016 description
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242,179 arrivals by sea in 2016
2,977 dead/missing
published 07:30 CET 22 July
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

22 Jul 2016 description

WASHINGTON, 21 July (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency expressed gratitude on Thursday to the government and people of the United States following the latest release of US funding in support of the agency’s efforts to protect and assist refugees and internally displaced people around the world.

21 Jul 2016 description
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Security That Protects: Informing Policy on Local Security Provision in Lebanese Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees

Lebanon should upgrade the systems of its security institutions in a way that strengthens protection of the Lebanese communities and the Syrian refugees they host, according to Alert’s new policy brief with Lebanon Support.

21 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• June witnessed a significant escalation of conflict across Syria and the subsequent pattern of new and deepening humanitarian needs could continue and even intensify through July unless Geneva talks regain traction.

• In Syria in June UNICEF reached around 96,690 people in seven besieged areas and more than 279,600 people in 38 hard-to-reach locations with life-saving and critical services.

• The cross-border round of the nation-wide immunization campaign is ongoing in Syria and as of June reached around 722,000 children.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.