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February 14th, 2016 ― Doha

On Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10:30 a.m., fighter jets suddenly attacked a shelter town built by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) for displaced Syrian families in Afes, a town in Saraqib City, Idlib countryside. The clay houses were targeted by two missiles, which left behind two houses completely destroyed, two damaged houses, eight people killed (including six children and one paralyzed old woman), and nine injured (some in critical condition).

14 Feb 2016 description

Munich, Germany | AFP | Sunday 2/14/2016 - 12:23 GMT

A senior figure in the Syrian opposition movement on Sunday criticised the truce deal forged by the US and Russia, saying Moscow was continuing its onslaught on civilian areas.

"We have gotten used to conferences and hope put into words but what we need is action, and the action I see is that Russia is killing Syrian civilians," said Riad Hijab, head of the High Negotiation Committee that represents several Syrian opposition groups.

14 Feb 2016 description
report Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps continues to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid into Syria, but our efforts are threatened by an even greater escalation of violence in the last two days.

"We must ask again, why wait a week for this urgently needed cessation of hostilities?" says Dalia Al-Awqati, Mercy Corps Director of Programs for North Syria, "Each delay places innocent civilians at greater risk and impedes our efforts to support the half a million people who depend on us for food and other essential supplies."

14 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• At least 50,000 people have reportedly been displaced since 31 January as a result of the ongoing intense fighting in Aleppo governorate. Eighty per cent are reported to be children and women.

• Based on estimates of 300,000 people in eastern Aleppo city, approximately 129,000 children at risk of being cut off from essential supplies and services.

• Water supply to Aleppo governorate continues to be cut off, since 16 January.

14 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Italy

In view of the humanitarian truce agreed in Munich on Thursday, Italy has allocated three million euros for humanitarian aid in Syria. ''These are emergency actions to alleviate the suffering of the tens of thousands of civilians, mostly women and children, fleeing the bomb attacks and the ongoing violence in the north of the country, near Aleppo," said Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Paolo Gentiloni.

14 Feb 2016 description

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent(SARC) –Aleppo Branch managed to deliver humanitarian relief aid to Nubl and Al-Zahra towns in rural Aleppo on 7-8/02/2016.

The mentioned relief aid, which is supported by IFRC, ICRC, WHO and PU, included medical items, medicines, food parcels, hygiene kits and children clothes.

About 5300 family in Nubl and 3200 family in Al-Zahra are to be benefited from these relief aids.

14 Feb 2016 description

While they were carrying out their duty in evacuating four humanitarian cases, The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) cars came under fire despite of coordination with all parties on ground on Tuesday 9 February 2016.

However, SARC team continued on its mission and was able to evacuate the cases and deliver them to the specialized hospitals in Damascus.

13 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan 2015 - 12 Feb 2016): 933,144

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2016: 15,919

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 1,327

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,952

Total asylum applications during Dec 2015: 1,314

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

96 dead - 34 missing (28 Jan. 2016)

13 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 10 Feb 2016): 137,348

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 3,985

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 332

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total (2016): 22%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 60

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 212

13 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 2/13/2016 - 18:49 GMT

A convoy carrying medical aid on Saturday entered the besieged rebel-controlled Douma area, a flashpoint near the Syrian capital, the Red Crescent said.

The aid consists of medicines and also milk for children, said Syrian Red Crescent director of operations Hazem Bakla, quoted by state news agency SANA.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) confirmed the aid delivery to Douma in the Eastern Ghouta, a rebel stronghold east of Damascus besieged since 2013.

13 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Saturday 2/13/2016 - 17:03 GMT

by Rouba El Husseini with Stuart Williams in Istanbul

Turkish artillery on Saturday shelled areas of Aleppo province in northern Syria held by Kurdish forces, a monitor said, as Ankara said it could launch a ground assault alongside Saudi troops.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkish artillery struck areas of Aleppo, including Minnigh airbase recently taken by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia from Islamist rebels.

13 Feb 2016 description

EIRUT, 13th February, 2016 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, KF, today set off a US $ 1.5 millon aid distribution campaign in response to UAE's announcement to help the Syrian refugees in Lebanon during the winter session.

The campaign, which was lunched under the supervision of the Office of the Attache for Humanitarian and Development Affairs at the UAE Embassy in Beirut, will benefit 24,280 displaced Syrian families and the affected Lebanese.

13 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 10 Feb 2016): 544,735

Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 8,542

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 854

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167

% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%

Estimated residual population staying on the island ((Based on estimations provided by authorities): 1,554

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 525

13 Feb 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures: According to European Commission sources, between 17 December and 31 January (thus, over 46 days) the number of people arriving to the EU from Turkey remains high (110,211) despite winter weather conditions. 99.2% of these people crossed the Aegean Sea. There was a significant decrease as compared to total arrival figures for October 2015 (214,792), however when compared to arrival figures in November (154,381) and December (110,835), the trend appears fairly constant.

13 Feb 2016 description

New York – As we mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, tens of thousands of boys and girls are associated with armed forces and groups in conflicts in over 20 countries around the world.

“Again this year, the multiplication of conflicts and the brutality of tactics of war have made children extremely vulnerable to recruitment and use,” said Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

12 Feb 2016 description
report United Nations

(New York, 12 February 2016) The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh, expressed alarm at the deepening humanitarian emergency and lack of protection of civilian populations in Syria, and welcomed the commitment made on 11-12 February by members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to immediately facilitate the full implementation of

12 Feb 2016 description
report UN News Service

Following agreement late yesterday by diplomats meeting in Munich as part of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to work with Syrian parties to implement a nationwide cessation of hostilities, a United Nations-backed task force met today on quickly delivering aid to besieged towns and war-weary civilians in hard to reach areas across the country.

12 Feb 2016 description
report European Commission

Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the State of Play of Implementation of the Priority Actions under the European Agenda on Migration: EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan - Implementation Report

Period: 17 December 2015 to 31 January 2016

Introduction

12 Feb 2016 description

Munich, Germany | AFP | Friday 2/12/2016 - 19:05 GMT

Russian bombing killed 16 civilians in Syria early Friday, hours after world powers agreed to a deal to end hostilities within a week, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

"Despite the agreement we made last night, Russia continued bombing the civilians -– they killed 16 civilians this morning," he said in Munich, where the Syria agreement was struck.

"There have been strikes against schools and hospitals as well."

12 Feb 2016 description

The Secretary-General has submitted the first report of the OPCW – UN Joint Investigative Mechanism to the Security Council today, pursuant to resolution 2235 (2015). The report provides an overview of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism to date, the sources of information available to the Mechanism and the methodology behind their investigation. The Secretary-General appreciates the professional, independent, objective and impartial work that is being carried out. The Security Council is expected to consider the report on 22 February.