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Syria presidential vote on June 3: parliament speaker

04/21/2014 10:18 GMT

DAMASCUS, April 21, 2014 (AFP) - Syria will hold presidential elections that are expected to return President Bashar al-Assad to office on June 3, the country's parliamentary speaker said Monday.

As lawmakers met to hear the election date announced, mortar fire hit near the parliament building, killing at least two people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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RCA breaks ground for Kidzone in Erbil refugee camp

WAM Abu Dhabi, 20th Apr. 2014 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA) has laid the foundation stone for its kidzone project at the refugee camp in Erbil in Iraq in the presence of Rashid Mohammed Al Mansouri, UAE Consul General to Kurdistan Region, and Sheikh Idris Barzani, President of Rwanga Charity Foundation.

The project is the first of its kind in terms of recreational, sports and internet facilities, as well as musical and cultural activities.

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Australia provides $20 million for children affected by Syrian crisis

Today I am announcing that Australia will provide $20 million for children in Lebanon and Jordan who have fled across borders as refugees due to the Syrian crisis.

The funding will be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced.

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The crisis in Yarmouk camp, 19 April 2014

19 APRIL 2014

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

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RCA distributes aid to 400 displaced Syrian families north of Jordan

WAM AMMAN, 19th April, 2014 (WAM) -- The UAE Red Crescent Authority's relief team in coordination with the concerned Jordanian authorities of the displaced Syrian affairs, has distributed a huge amount of dates and relief items among more than 400 displaced Syrian families in Mafraq City near the Syrian-Jordanian borders.

The distribution process, which included blankets and shoes, went on at ease by following the mechanism that gives priority to the underprivileged families.

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UN agency warns no food left in besieged Palestinian refugee camp

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The recent escalation of fighting has prevented the delivery of food aid in Yarmouk, where more than 20,000 civilians are dependent on UN assistance.

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Kidnapped foreign journalists still held in Syria

04/19/2014 14:28 GMT

NICOSIA, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Several foreign reporters remain captive in Syria, dubbed by a media watchdog as the most dangerous country for journalists, after four French colleagues were freed Saturday after 10 months in captivity.

Thirteen major international news organisations, including the New York Times, BBC News, Reuters, The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse, said in December that more than 30 journalists were being held in the war-ravaged country.

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French journalists free after 10-month Syria hostage ordeal

04/19/2014 12:27 GMT

by Frederic DUMOULIN with Burak AKINCI in Ankara

PARIS, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed on Saturday after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media.

French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres, saying they were "in good health despite the very challenging conditions of their captivity".

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Training Syrian Educators on the INEE Minimum Standards in Turkey

An interview with Zeynep Turkmen Sanduvac from Mavi Kalem Social Assistance and Charity Association

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Syria army advances in Homs as car bomb kills 14

04/19/2014 01:47 GMT

DAMASCUS, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian army forces advanced Friday around rebel-held areas of the Old City of Homs, as a car bomb hit a regime-controlled part of the city, killing 14 people.

Around 1,200 rebel fighters and nearly 200 civilians are believed to be inside the rebel-held parts of the Old City, under army siege for nearly two years.

The army, which began a broad offensive there on Tuesday, "is progressing daily by capturing buildings and tightening the noose around the terrorist groups", a security source said.

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OPCW-UN mission reports further progress in eliminating Syria's chemical weapons

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19 April 2014 – Syria has, as of 19 April, removed or destroyed in-country approximately 80 per cent of its chemical weapons material, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations announced today.

Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission, said in a statement that further engagement is expected to sustain momentum and to complete removal operations during the next days.

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Syrian Refugee Response: Lebanon Inter-Agency Update, 18 April 2014

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

 680,000 individuals have so far this month benefited from food assistance;

 20,000 individuals received blankets, mattresses, fuel and other household items;

 10,500 individuals received primary and secondary health care services;

 15,000 individuals benefited from health awareness sessions;

 Some 1,500 refugees benefited from social and mental health consultations;

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The crisis in Yarmouk camp, 17 April 2014

17 APRIL 2014

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

"UNRWA was not authorised to distribute food assistance in Yarmouk on 17 April. This is the ninth consecutive day that UNRWA has been unable to distribute food assistance inside Yarmouk. Our food parcels last ten days so in about 36 hours people will have no food from the UN.

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Farnesina makes multilateral emergency contribution to OCHA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make a multilateral emergency contribution of 200,000 euro to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for a programme aimed at the satellite monitoring of Syria that will allow the UN to monitor compliance with the obligations set out in Security Council resolution no. 2139 on access to humanitarian aid. The Security Council will receive periodical reports on compliance with international humanitarian law and, in particular, on the Syrian population’s access to humanitarian aid in areas under siege.

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Plus d'un million de Syriens réfugiés au Liban

Trois ans après le début du conflit, le millionième réfugié syrien au Liban a été enregistré le 3 avril dernier par le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR). Cependant, pour les acteurs humanitaires qui interviennent au Liban, une estimation est difficile à donner, tous les réfugiés syriens n'étant pas comptabilisés.

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Iraq: Qushtapa Public Health Profile Week 10 | 2-8 March 2014

This public health profile for Qushtapa refugee camp is compiled from health data obtained from reporting agencies. Data is collected using standardised Health Information System (HIS) data collection and reporting tools and aims to be as accurate as possible.

Agencies reporting:

DOH-ERBIL

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Iraq: Kurdistan camps summary Public Health Profile Week 10 | 2 - 8 March 2014

This public health profile for Kurdistan camps is compiled from health data obtained from reporting agencies. Data is collected using standardised Health Information System (HIS) data collection and reporting tools and aims to be as accurate as possible.

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Iraq: Kawergosk Public Health Profile Week 10 | 2-8 March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Indicators normal.

Upper respiratory tract infections remain the major cause of morbidity

This public health profile for Kawergosk refugee camp is compiled from health data obtained from reporting agencies. Data is collected using standardised Health Information System (HIS) data collection and reporting tools and aims to be as accurate as possible.

Agencies reporting:
MSF

Alerts
One case of acute flaccid paralysis reported

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Iraq: Gawilan Public Health Profile Week 10 | 2-8 March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

Health facility utilisation rate, above expected range.

This public health profile for Gawilan refugee camp is compiled from health data obtained from reporting agencies. Data is collected using standardised Health Information System (HIS) data collection and reporting tools and aims to be as accurate as possible.

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UN concerned for Syrian civilians trapped in Homs

The Security Council urged the immediate implementation of a February resolution to improve humanitarian access after Syrian troops fought their way into rebel-held neighbourhoods of Homs.

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