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06 Jul 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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Reporting period from 28 February 2015 to 26 June 2015

I. Introduction

  1. The present report provides a comprehensive assessment of the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006) since my previous report of 28 February 2015 (S/2015/147).

05 Jul 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Violence has recently intensified in the north, north-east, and southern parts of Syria, increasing humanitarian needs and internally displacing an estimated 850,000 persons this year alone, and leading hundreds of thousands to flee the country. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

04 Jul 2015 description
report Al Jazeera

There is almost no avenue to higher education for Syrian refugee youths, raising fears of a lost generation

04 Jul 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 7/4/2015 - 16:57 GMT

The Islamic State group on Saturday released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.

The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the jihadist group captured the city on May 21.

It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.

04 Jul 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 7/4/2015 - 01:39 GMT

An explosion in a mosque in northern Syria killed 25 members of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, including one of its leaders, as they attended Ramadan prayers, a monitoring group said Friday.

Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said the death toll could rise as dozens of civilians were also injured in the explosion during Iftar prayers in the city of Ariha.

04 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Leslie Gevirtz

NEW YORK, July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.S. Treasury, at the behest of the U.S. State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), guaranteed $1.5 billion worth of bonds issued by Jordan earlier this week.

The purpose of the bonds, according to the U.S. government agencies, was to "provide critical services to its citizens as it hosts nearly 630,000 Syrian refugees."

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03 Jul 2015 description

Report Methodology:

Since 2011, the Syrian regime has refused to recognize any arrests it had made as it accused Al-Qaeda and the terrorist groups of committing these crimes. Also, the Syrian regime doesn’t recognize any torture cases or torturing to death. SNHR acquire its information from former prisoners and prisoners’ families where most of the families get information about their beloved ones who are in prison by bribing the officials in charge.

03 Jul 2015 description

3 July 2015

The World Food Programme (WFP) Staffer Victoria Clasen pens a guided tour of the enormous logistical effort behind the food assistance WFP provides to displaced communities inside Syria. Starting from a warehouse belonging to one of Turkey’s major food producers in Mersin, to the trucks and ships crossing borders to bring food to Syria, Clasen paints a vivid picture that culminates in WFP’s ultimate objective: food for conflict-affected families inside Syria.

03 Jul 2015 description

69% reduced the number of meals eaten each day

58% limited their meal sizes

77% bought food on credit or borrowed money to buy extra food

13% of families withdrew children from school

4% relied on children to generate additional incomes

BACKGROUND

03 Jul 2015 description

SURUC REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey, July 3 (UNHCR) – The sun offers relentless heat and pitiless light which bounces off soil bleached almost white.

This is the plain of Suruç, home of Turkey's biggest refugee camp. Almost 25,000 people live in UNHCR-AFAD* tents here, and almost all of them are Kurdish and most fled Kobane in Syria when the fighting engulfed the area in September 2014.

03 Jul 2015 description

This map illustrates the price and availability of a range of basic commodities in 12 sub-districts of Idleb and Aleppo governorates in Northern Syria. Primary data was collected by CBR members from 11–19th June 2015, on behalf of the Cash-Based Response Technical Working Group, in order to understand the impact of the ongoing conflict on markets in Syria and inform the implementation of humanitarian cash programs within those markets.

03 Jul 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Children, Women, Elderly Among Kobani Targets

(New York, July 3, 2015) – Armed militants believed to be members of Islamic State, also known as ISIS, deliberately targeted people they knew were civilians in a June 25, 2015, attack in and around the northern Syrian city of Kobani, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrian Kurdish authorities and local human rights groups said that 233 to 262 civilians were killed and at least 273 wounded.

03 Jul 2015 description
report Sphere Project

A pharmacist with a degree on health management, Rita Rhayem discovered the humanitarian field thanks to a short stint with Doctors Without Borders during the 2006 Lebanon War. "That experience was an eye-opener and I decided to work in that field," she says.

One year later, Rhayem began her humanitarian career as head of the health department at Caritas Lebanon. It was in that capacity that she first learned about the Sphere standards. "I realised it was something important that I should know more about."

03 Jul 2015 description

From 29 June to 1 July, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl visited Brussels for a range of senior-level meetings to draw attention to the Agency’s crucial role and activities and to raise the alarm regarding its dramatic level of underfunding, as well as to officially open the UNRWA photography exhibition ‘I Am Not a Statistic’, held in the European Parliament until 3 July.

03 Jul 2015 description

SECURITY COUNCIL
PRESS CONFERENCE

Debates on the Middle East and security challenges in small island developing States would be the highlights of the New Zealand presidency of the Security Council in July, a month that would also see several briefings and mandate renewals.

03 Jul 2015 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has allocated £900 million since 2012 to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross). This is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

02 Jul 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Thursday 7/2/2015 - 20:04 GMT

At least nine people were killed and dozens wounded on Thursday as a new Islamist opposition alliance, including Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, attacked government-held parts of Aleppo city, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said four civilians had been killed and more than 70 wounded in a massive multi-district assault by the rebel coalition.

Another five rebel fighters were killed in the clashes that erupted with government forces in western Aleppo.