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29 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

In April, there were an average of 119 daily arrivals to the Greek shores. This figure represents an 86% decrease as compared to the average arrivals in March of 870 people daily.

In Italy, the number of refugees and migrants who arrived in April was noted to be 8,490. As compared to the same month in 2015 (16,063), the total number of arrivals has dropped by more than half.

Critical Developments

29 Apr 2016 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Friday 4/29/2016 - 11:43 GMT

by Karam al-Masri

Regime aircraft pounded rebel areas of Syria's second city Aleppo on Friday, damaging a clinic just days after a strike on another hospital killed two doctors and sparked international outcry.

More than 200 civilians have been killed in Aleppo over the past week, as rebels fire rockets into government-held neighbourhoods and regime air strikes hit opposition areas.

29 Apr 2016 description

The death toll at the Al Quds hospital, which was supported by MSF and a number of other organisations, has now risen to more than 50. This number includes patients from the hospital and surrounding areas where the bombs first hit, as well as at least six medical staff.

· The situation in Aleppo is critical as airstrikes have left no part of the city untouched. Already today there are reports of another health centre – not MSF supported – being struck.

29 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Fighting in Aleppo increases while relative calm continues to prevail in several parts of Syria

  • More than 40,000 displaced along Turkish/Syrian border

  • Conditions inside Yamouk Camp worsen

  • Further progress made in reaching hard-to-reach and besieged locations

  • Scoping mission to Darayya, undertaken; thousands of civilians in need

  • Evacuations for 515 people undertaken under Four Towns Agreement

Situation Overview

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GENEVA/NEW YORK- 29 APRIL, 2016, We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.

We are outraged at the alarming frequency of attacks on health personnel and facilities in Syria. These incidents come amid an escalation of violence in particular in the northern parts of the country.

29 Apr 2016 description
map UNOSAT

Analysis with Pleiades Data Acquired 24 September 2015 and 05 December 2015, WorldView-2 Data Acquired 02 November, 01 CE20130604SYR October and 25 July 2014, Deimos-2 Data Acquired 03 February 2016 and 24 April 2016

29 Apr 2016 description
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Iraq - On 27 April, 100 Syrian families living in host communities in Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) received a one-off unconditional cash transfer to help them meet their most pressing needs, including food, shelter and healthcare. In total, 440 individuals benefitted from this assistance.

Each family received USD 150 (IQD 166,000). The 100 families were identified by IOM Iraq and the local government as among the most vulnerable.

29 Apr 2016 description

Greece - IOM reports an estimated 183,017 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 27. Latest fatalities stand at 1,244.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday that 1,400 migrants rescued through last weekend have been brought to shore in recent days. Additionally, 237 migrants were brought to Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday night.

29 Apr 2016 description

183,017 arrivals by sea in 2016

1,244 dead/missing

published 10:00 CET 29 April

1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

29 Apr 2016 description

Libya - IOM Libya staffer Ashraf Hassan met Thursday with Egyptian diplomats in Tunisia to investigate reports of the killings this week of more than a dozen Egyptian men, migrants bound for Europe, who authorities say were shot to death in Bani Walid, near Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

29 Apr 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Syria's delegation said the talks were 'useful and constructive' as the third round came to a close. The UK's foreign minister called on Damascus to end its siege of Aleppo after more civilians were reportedly killed.

Syria's UN ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari on Tuesday said the third round of indirect talks aimed at fostering a political solution to the conflict in Syria was "useful and constructive," reported the official Syrian Arab News Agency.

29 Apr 2016 description

‘Beat Diabetes’, a global initiative launched this past month, resonates with the commitment of UNRWA to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD) and monitor health in Syria. With 13 per cent of Palestine refugee patients over 40 years old suffering from diabetes in the country, the fight against this chronic disease remains a priority.

29 Apr 2016 description

The Protection of Civilians (PoC) expands the responsibility of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for international peace and security to the internal affairs of conflict-ridden countries. As s​​uch, it bolsters the authority of the five permanent members (the P5) in world politics and presents them with a flexible tool for exercising this authority. In addition to shaping their responses to situations like Syria and Libya, the principle of PoC shapes the very dynamics of the Council itself, and ultimately the decisions of conflict actors anticipating international responses.​

29 Apr 2016 description
report UN Women
  • Based in camp settings, initiated in January 2013, targets the most vulnerable women (and 20% men) living in Za’ataricamp – soon to expand to Azraq camp, through roughly 200 opportunities per day.

  • Opportunities focus on linking women’s labour to the camp economy –comprehensive maternal kits, school uniforms, healthy school meals.

  • Cash for work linked to comprehensive services to support ‘empowerment ’ –day care, remedial education, awareness, civic engagement and protection referral services.

28 Apr 2016 description

SG/SM/17712

Secretary-General
Press Release

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General condemns yesterday’s aerial strikes against Al Quds hospital in Aleppo. Civil society groups report at least 20 people killed as a result of the attack, including three children and the area’s last paediatrician. The Secretary-General expresses his deep condolences to the bereaved families.

28 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

On 27 April, Sweden's Migration Agency forecast that Sweden expects between 40,000 and 100,000 people to claim asylum this year (which is a decrease from the original forecast of between 70,000 and 140,000).

Conditions of People

28 Apr 2016 description

SdeM - Good afternoon. I think I have said all what I needed to say yesterday night or early morning, but you will see it is obviously linked to the discussions we have had now at the special meeting we just ended. So I will give the floor to you Jan, in order to focus on what we discussed and on where is the whole connection with my message yesterday is reflecting on the humanitarian aspect as well. Thank you very much.

28 Apr 2016 description

This paper sets out an account of developments and the work plan executed by the UN Special Envoy during the round of UN facilitated Intra-Syrian Talks held in Geneva between 13-27 April 2016.

Agenda

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Geneva (27 April 2016) - The Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has just briefed the Security Council via video conference on the conclusion earlier today of this round of Intra-Syrian Talks convened on the basis of Security Council resolution 2254. These Talks ran from 13 to 27 April in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mr. de Mistura is also releasing a mediator´s summary outlining the process and substance of this round of Talks, which focused on an agenda of political transition and the establishment of an inclusive transitional governance.