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28 Feb 2015 description

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:21 GMT

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

28 Feb 2015 description

Damascus, Syria | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 20:30 GMT

UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo.

He met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and agreed to send a delegation from his Damascus office to Aleppo on a fact-finding mission, state news agency SANA said, without giving a date.

De Mistura's visit started as the army and pro-regime fighters regained territory in southern Syria from forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

28 Feb 2015 description

His Excellency, the Italian Ambassador in Lebanon, Mr. Giuseppe Morabito received Mr. Luca Renda, UNDP Country Director in Lebanon, Mrs. Annamaria Laurini, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon, and Mr. Frank Hagemann, acting Regional Director of the ILO in the Arab States, for the presentation of three programmes implemented by the mentioned UN Agencies with the contribution of the Italian Government for a total amount of 2.5 million Euro.

28 Feb 2015 description

The situation in Syria and Iraq is exceptionally serious. We are seeing a humanitarian disaster with devastating consequences for an entire region and repercussions for the whole world. Both ISIL and the Assad regime in Syria are committing serious abuses on a daily basis.

27 Feb 2015 description

27 February 2015, Geneva/Beirut – The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is calling for a greater support to Palestinian refugees and people affected by the Syrian crisis. Millions of people have been displaced and are desperately in need of humanitarian support.

During a two-day meeting in Beirut, focused on the work of the Palestine Red Crescent Society in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria, Movement representatives and other stakeholders stressed the humanitarian imperative of increasing support to refugees.

27 Feb 2015 description

Percentage increase from January 2014 to February 2015

  • Official Diesel prices increased by 102% from January 2014 to February 2015

  • Official Petrol prices increased by 30% from January 2014 – February 2015

Start of 2014 At the start of January 2013, the official price of petrol was 100 Syrian Pounds (SYP) per litre, and a litre of diesel was officially priced at 62 SYP.

Mid-year By Week 40 of 2014, the official price of petrol was at an all-time high of 140 SYP with diesel now at 80 SYP.

27 Feb 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 15:28 GMT

Eleven people were killed on Friday in a car bomb blast in a rebel-held area outside the Syrian capital, while seven people died in regime air raids, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll from the bomb blast, which occurred near a mosque in the town of Dmeir, was expected to rise because of the number of people seriously wounded.

27 Feb 2015 description
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26 February 2015 – In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior United Nations relief officials warned today that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-Wha Kang told the 15-member body that parties to the conflict continue to kill civilians and target critical infrastructure which condemn people to unnecessary suffering.

27 Feb 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 12:00 GMT

Syria's main domestic and exiled opposition groups said Friday they had agreed a joint draft roadmap for the first time, calling for a transitional governing body and an end to the brutal conflict.

The draft document comes after representatives from the exiled Syrian National Coalition and the domestic National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCCDC) met in Paris.

27 Feb 2015 description

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

"UNRWA was not able to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 26 February, due to persistent insecurity at the distribution point.

27 Feb 2015 description

Tripoli, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 03:27 GMT

by Sara Hussein

Syrian refugee Yasmine Khalaf lies next to her day-old daughter Israa in a Lebanese hospital, worrying that her tiny newborn risks life without a legal identity.

Israa, sleeping swaddled in a fluffy pink blanket, is one of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees born in Lebanon who are threatened with statelessness because of the hurdles to registering their births.

26 Feb 2015 description

As Delivered

On behalf of USG and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.

As Syria enters its fifth year of conflict, violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. The indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in populated areas, by all parties, claimed more lives this month and displaced thousands. Government aerial bombardments, including the use of barrel bombs, and attacks by armed opposition groups have intensified in many areas - including Aleppo, Dar’a and Rural Damascus.

26 Feb 2015 description

Mr. President,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Briefing this Council in 2013, I said the Syrian war had unleashed the worst humanitarian crisis of our times and posed a terrible threat to regional and global peace and security – risking an explosion that could engulf the entire Middle East.

Today, we must face the fact that this is exactly what happened.

26 Feb 2015 description
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Bekaa, Lebanon

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag today said the United Nations continues to support Lebanon as it faces the impact of the conflict in Syria. In the course of her visit to the Bekaa, she expressed her appreciation for Lebanon’s residents in host communities for their generosity and solidarity with the refugees from Syria.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11799

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Liu Jieyi (China):

26 Feb 2015 description

Background

Building on lessons learnt from 2012-2014 and the successes of the RRP system, the following work-plan is intended to set out key areas of focus for the inter-agency refugee coordination structures in first half 2015. The focus is at the inter-sector level including common processes between sectors and location based fora, as well as capacity building activities. It will be updated throughout the period.