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Iraq + 1 other
Dozens of Yazidi women 'sold into marriage' by jihadists

08/30/2014 12:29 GMT

BEIRUT, August 30, 2014 (AFP) - Several dozen Yazidi women kidnapped by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq have been taken to Syria, forced to convert and sold into marriage to militants, a monitoring group said Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based NGO, said it had confirmed that at least 27 Yazidi women had been sold for around $1,000 each to IS fighters.

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Turkey + 2 others
Number of Yazidi refugees in Turkey swells to 16,000

08/30/2014 15:05 GMT

ISTANBUL, August 30, 2014 (AFP) - The number of refugees from Iraq's Yazidi religious minority who have fled to Turkey from the advance of jihadists has risen to 16,000 and may rise further, a top provincial official was quoted as saying Saturday.

The number marks a sharp rise from the figures of several thousand previously given and shows Turkey is dealing with another major influx of refugees as it gives sanctuary to some 1.2 million fleeing the Syria conflict.

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32 Filipino peacekeepers evacuated, others under attack

08/30/2014 18:11 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, August 30, 2014 (AFP) - Thirty-two Filipino United Nations peacekeepers have been evacuated after being caught up in heavy fighting on the Golan Heights while others remain under fire, the UN confirmed Saturday.

The group was part of a 72-member contingent situated in two different locations in the area.

Those remaining are currently still under fire, preventing them from being moved out, the UN said in a statement issued from its New York headquarters.

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Iraq + 1 other
Joint Press Statement: KRG – United Nations, Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) most affected by recent wave of violence with over 850,000 displaced Iraqis this year [EN/AR]

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Up to 1.8 Million Iraqis nationwide have been displaced since January 2014

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 28 August 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food and provided health assistance to 350 families in Yarmouk today, 28 August. This is the second consecutive day of operation following a one-day break on 26 August, after clashes and mortar impacts affected the distribution area on 25 August.

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Jordan + 3 others
Three million tragic stories. When will it end?

By Misty Buswell, Director of Advocacy, Media & Communications, Middle East and Eurasia Regional Office, Jordan

29 August 2014 marks another terrible milestone in the Syria crisis: the three millionth registered refugee.

The war is more than three years old. At least 191,000 have died and nearly 11 million are in need of humanitarian aid inside Syria.

Meanwhile, three million, including more than 1.5 million children, have now fled a country in chaos. And those are only the ones who are officially registered.

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3 million refugees and no end in sight

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Tearfund

Life in Syria is so bad that around three million people have had to leave. According to the latest UN reports, the number of people leaving the country to seek refuge is likely to reach three million today (Friday 29 August).

Most of these people are living in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan where Tearfund and other agencies are helping them.

The conflict in Syria began more than three years ago in March 2011. Since then nearly 200,000 people have died in the fighting, according to some estimates. More than 6 million people are homeless.

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Turkey + 2 others
Mercy Corps helps refugees and neighboring countries that host them stretch scarce resources

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Mercy Corps

Middle East Staggers Under Weight of 3 Million Syrian Refugees

Portland, OR – According to the United Nations, there are now 3 million registered Syrian refugees spread across the Middle East, with the majority living in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps works closely with these refugees and the neighboring countries hosting them to stretch scarce resources and strengthen communities’ ability to peacefully resolve urgent issues.

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Syrian Refugee Stories: A Life in Limbo # 3

The 3rd episode of “A Life in Limbo” series of stories that follows the lives of two Syrian refugee families, one living in Zaatari camp and the other in a Jordanian host community, presents 14 year old Fatima, the eldest daughter of the Youssef family, living in Zaatari camp.

This week we return to the Youssef family in Zaatari camp to find out what life is like for Dima’s eldest child, 14-year-old Fatima.

Being 14 in a dusty desert refugee camp

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UN in talks to win release of peacekeepers in Syria

08/29/2014 17:16 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - UN officials were locked in negotiations on Friday to win the release of 44 peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels who also besieged 72 other blue helmets in the Golan Heights.

Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji.

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Iraq + 1 other
Crisis in Iraq: The European Union's humanitarian response

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been deteriorating rapidly: the ongoing conflict has been dispersing populations throughout the country and putting them in need of assistance. The European Commission is responding with all its humanitarian aid tools and coordinating with Member States through the European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). Still, the crisis exceeds the present capacity of the international community to respond.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq Weekly Humanitarian Situation Report, 19th – 25th August 2014

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  • After temporary disruption of most ongoing water trucking activities in the North of Iraq, due to armed conflict, UNICEF is supporting the Dahuk Water Directorate with the daily provision of 67 water trucks across Dahuk Governorate, serving 80,500 IDPs in schools, settlements, unfinished buildings, and within the host communities.

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Rebel-held district of Syrian capital under heavy fire

08/29/2014 15:09 GMT

DAMASCUS, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian government forces on Friday bombarded the Jubar eastern district of Damascus in a fierce offensive aimed at wresting control of the key sector back from rebels, multiple reports said.

Jubar has been in insurgent hands for a year, and is strategic because it provides a gateway to the centre of the capital.

It is also opens onto the Eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold in Damascus province.

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Lebanon + 2 others
Children 'may never recover' from Syrian conflict

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World Vision

World Vision is urging world leaders not to forget the ongoing suffering of children caused by the Syrian conflict, as refugee numbers surpassed three million, according to the UN.

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Iraq + 1 other
Northern Iraq - Emergency opens a clinic in Khanaqeen

In Northern Iraq the emergency continues. There are 700,000 evacuees by now and the local Kurdish authorities are unable to meet the needs of the constantly increasing flow of refugees on their own.

The evacuees - recently primarily Iraqi Christians and Yazidis - are fleeing from combat and IS violence which has pushed all the way to within the borders between the Kurdish region and the central Baghdad government.

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Lebanon + 4 others
Three millions have fled the war in Syria - A terrible milestone

More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries. “A terrible milestone”, says Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Egeland agrees with the UN stating that Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era."

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Jordan + 4 others
Oxfam calls on Western governments to offer haven as number of registered Syrian refugees reaches 3 million

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Oxfam

UK has so far only taken in 50 Syrian refugees under its vulnerable persons relocation scheme

Western and other rich countries should step up their efforts to resettle Syrian refugees, Oxfam said today after the number registered with UNHCR reached 3 million.

Urgent action is necessary in order to respond to a growing regional crisis caused by increasing displacement, insufficient aid and over-burdened infrastructure in neighbouring countries, Oxfam added.

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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Needs soar as number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million

UNHCR said most of the refugees remain in countries neighbouring Syria, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (1.14 million), Jordan (608,000) and Turkey (815,000).