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24 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Halt Deportations; Investigate Shooting

(Beirut) – Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations. Those deported include wounded men and unaccompanied children.

24 Nov 2014 description

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (UAE), 23 November 2014 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees- (UNHCR) – Earlier this year, the Government of the United Arab Emirates made a generous AED 18 million (US$ 5 million) contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the provision of health assistance in the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan, of which AED 7 million (US$ 2 million) will be allocated to health activities and AED 11 million (US$ 3 million) for water, sanitation and health (WASH).

24 Nov 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

Hundreds of displaced families have received life-saving aid through Islamic Relief’s emergency response to the increasingly complex crisis in Iraq and the wider region.

24 Nov 2014 description

20 NOVEMBER 2014

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

"UNRWA was cleared to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 20 November, for the first time this week. UNRWA distributed a total of 200 food parcels, 200 hygiene kits and provided primary health services to 54 civilians over the course of the day. The team arrived at the distribution point at 10:45, commencing distribution at 12:25 and finishing at 14:35.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Kuwait News Agency

AMMAN, Nov 23 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) donated USD 18 million to Jordan Sunday as part of Kuwait's efforts to help regional countries cope with influx of Syrian refugees.

The grant agreement was signed by KFAED Director General Abdulwahab Al-Bader and Jordanian Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Ibrahim Saif.

The bulk of the donation, USD 15 million, would fund the improvement of health care for Syrian refugees, Al-Bader told KUNA after the signing ceremony.

23 Nov 2014 description

11/23/2014 - 13:53 GMT

Fierce fighting pitted regime loyalists against rebels backed by Al-Qaeda on Sunday, after insurgents launched an offensive aimed at seizing two Shiite villages in northern Syria, a monitoring group said.

The villages of Nubol and Zahraa in war-battered Arbil province have been under rebel siege for a year and a half.

23 Nov 2014 description


 The number of new arrivals from Syria to Jordan has significantly decreased since 25 September, with no entries through informal border crossings registered by UNHCR since 1 November. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Syrian refugees are reportedly camped at the berm near the border at Rukban and Hadalat in north-eastern Jordan. UNHCR continues to advocate with authorities for access to the territory.

23 Nov 2014 description

The Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF) mobilises and channels resources to humanitarian partners to respond to the current situation in Syria and initiate life-saving humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.
Since its inception in March 2012, the ERF has received $79 million. To date, the ERF has allocated $76 million for 211 projects in Syria, Iraq, Jordan,Lebanon and Egypt. The total ERF balance is $3.6 million. 10 Projects amounting to $5.4 million are currently under review.

23 Nov 2014 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 15:52 GMT


Some 220 Syrian migrants crammed onto a fishing boat were rescued off the northern coast of Cyprus on Sunday as the vessel hit rough seas in the Mediterranean, authorities said.

Turkish Cypriot authorities were able to rescue the passengers including a number of children in an operation lasting several hours in bad weather, local police said in a statement.

23 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Italie | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 21:07 GMT

A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.

The Italian coastguard said it helped pluck 520 people from five boats in trouble in Libyan waters overnight Thursday to Friday after a communications centre in Rome traced distress calls sent by cellphone from the boats heading towards Sicily.

22 Nov 2014 description

ABU DHABI, 21st November, 2014 (WAM)--The UAE Emirates Crescent Authority (ERC) has continued to offer relief aid to the displaced Syrians in Lebanon under the supervision of the UAE Embassy in Lebanon.

The ERC launched a new relief campaign at the Lebanese-Syrian border villages to coincide with the winter season in response to appeals for relief received by the Embassy from these areas, where 10,000 Syrian and Palestinian families who were displaced in the wake of recent violence in the region.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Oriol Andrés Gallart

BEIRUT, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Hassan (not his real name) has been given two months to find an employer willing to cough up for a work permit, something extremely unlikely to happen. After that, his presence in Lebanon will be deemed illegal.

21 Nov 2014 description

Rome, Yogyakarta, 21 November 2014 – The Jesuit Refugee Service observes with deep sadness yet another sudden retroactive change in the policy of Australia towards people seeking international protection in Southeast Asia. Yesterday, the government of Australia announced its decision to stop the resettlement of refugees who had registered with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Indonesia on or after the 1 July 2014. The number of refugees resettled by Australia from Indonesia will also be further reduced in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 15:26 GMT

Several foreign jihadists who joined the Islamic State in Syria but then tried to desert have faced arrest and execution at the hands of the radical group, activists said Friday

Those who have tried to flee are usually young and mostly non-Arabs who regretted joining the IS once they saw the reality on the ground, several activists told AFP via the Internet.

21 Nov 2014 description

19 NOVEMBER 2014

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

"UNRWA was not cleared to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 19 November.