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Factsheet: The UK's humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis and region (22 July 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £600 million to provide humanitarian support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

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In a Syrian City, ISIS Puts Its Vision Into Practice

Report
New York Times

By an EMPLOYEE of THE NEW YORK TIMES and BEN HUBBARD

RAQQA, Syria — When his factory was bombed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the businessman considered two bleak options: to remain at home and risk dying in the next airstrike or flee like hundreds of thousands of others to a refugee camp in Turkey.

Instead, he took his remaining cash east and moved to a neighboring city, Raqqa, the de facto capital of the world’s fastest growing jihadist force. There he found a degree of order and security absent in other parts of Syria.

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Iraq + 1 other
Third report of the Secretary-General submitted pursuant to paragraph 6 of resolution 2110 (2013) (S/2014/485)

I. Introduction

In paragraph 6 of its resolution 2110 (2013) , the Security Council requested me to report to it every four months on progress made towards fulfilling the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The present report covers key political and security devel opments related to Iraq and provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Iraq since the issuance of my report dated 14 March 2014 (S/2014/190 ).

II. Summary of key political developments pertaining to Iraq

Internal developments

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Voices in crisis: A monthly insight into the human rights crisis in Syria: July 2014

Report
Amnesty

Tens of thousands of civilians across Syria, including children, have been forced to endure a life of hardship under siege. Most of the sieges are imposed and maintained by forces loyal to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Others have been mounted by opposition and other non-state armed groups. Both government and non-state actors have committed war crimes and other serious human rights abuses in besieged areas.

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May Marks Deadliest Month for Medical Personnel in Syria; June was Second Highest for Facility Attacks

Latest Data Show Government Forces Responsible for 90 Percent of Attacks on Syria’s Health System

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released the latest numbers on attacks on health care in Syria, which show that – with 30 deaths – May was the deadliest month for medical professionals. Twelve new attacks on medical facilities were recorded in June, marking the second highest month for attacks on medical facilities.

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Qatar Charity Projects Offer Lifeline to Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

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Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity has implemented water projects worth USD 140,000 for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The ‘Watering of Goodness' project involves the drilling of a well, in addition to the establishment of a water tank and an electric generator for the benefit of Syrian refugees.

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Syria air raid kills 6 children from same family: NGO

07/23/2014 07:49 GMT

BEIRUT, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Six children from the same family were killed in an air strike by government forces on a village in the northern province of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, citing local residents, said three boys and three girls from the Moslem family died in Tuesday's raid on Wahshiyeh.

The village is located in a rebel-held area of Aleppo province that has come under constant aerial bombardment since late last year.

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Saudi clinics treat 2,158 Syrians in Al-Zaatari camp in Jordan

A number of specialized Saudi clinics located in the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan have intensified their efforts to provide medical care for Syrian patients, as directed by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The Regional Director of the Saudi Campaign to Support the Brothers in Syria, Dr. Badr bin Abdulrahman Al-Samhan, said that the Saudi clinics have finished their 80th week of service at the Al-Zaatari camp by providing medical treatment to 2,185 Syrian patients.

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Food Insecurity a New Threat for Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees

A severe drought has put the Lebanese agricultural sector at risk. The average rainfall in 2014 is estimated at 470 mm, far below annual averages of 824 mm.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 22 July 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 476 families in Yarmouk on 22 July, in addition to 20 baby hygiene kits, vitamin packs rehydration salts, lice/scabies treatments and a range of other food items.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 21 July 2014

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 475 families in Yarmouk on 21 July, in addition to 20 baby hygiene kits, vitamin packs rehydration salts, lice/scabies treatments and a range of other food items.

"The UNRWA team arrived at northern Bateekhah entrance at 11:00 and was authorized to commence distribution in Yarmouk at 11:30. Distribution continued until 16:00, when Syrian authorities signalled an end to the distribution. UNRWA acknowledges the facilitation of the Syrian authorities in today's distribution.

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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

Report
Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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Five migrants accused of 'massacre' on refugee boat: reports

07/22/2014 21:35 GMT

ROME, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Five migrants were arrested on Tuesday by Italian police accused of killing fellow passengers aboard a boat in which 30 bodies were found by rescuers earlier this month, Italian media reported.

Italian and Maltese naval crews who rescued more than 560 refugees -- most of them Syrian -- from the ship on July 19 made the grim discovery. The dead, who included a baby, had apparently been overcome by heat and engine fumes having been locked in the hold by the crew.

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Urging Israeli-Palestinian parties to renew ceasefire efforts, Secretary-General tells Security Council conflict’s root causes must be addressed

SC/11485
Security Council
7222nd Meeting (AM)

Speakers Also Debate Pressing Concerns in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen

Although a ceasefire was critical in ending the escalating violence, if the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were not addressed, the problem would never be solved, but merely delayed for yet another time, the Secretary-General told the Security Council today during an open debate on the Middle East.

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WFP Airlifts Food To Displaced Families Amid Growing Hunger In Northeastern Syria

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started today airlifting food for a total of 50,000 of the most vulnerable displaced people in Syria’s northeastern Al Hassakeh governorate as food deliveries by road are blocked and concern is rising about growing needs.

The first of 23 WFP-chartered flights from the Syrian capital of Damascus landed at Qamishli airport, bringing critically needed food rations including rice, lentils, oil, pasta, bulgar, canned food, wheat flour, beans, salt and sugar for 4,000 people.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Protection

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

As 30 June 2014, 220, 210 Syrians were registered with UNHCR (82,0020 households). An estimated 1% of the population is pending registration at the end of the reporting period.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Food Security

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

•Due to changes in the lab testing requirements before importation of food commodities into Iraq WFP faced a complete pipeline break resulting in the delay of food distributions in most of the Syrian refugees. Pending delivery of the new food consignment, beneficiaries in Akre received their partial rations to cover two weeks. The remaining rations were distributed after a two week delay before the end the month.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Education

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

UNICEF has supported the MOE to hold examinations for 6574 children in the camps. This is a major success for the education sector who has been advocating for the children who studied the Syrian curriculum to be certified.

Construction continued of 8 schools, 5 in the non-camp settings and 3 in the camp s . One 12 classroom school completed in Erbil was handed over to the Ministry of Education which appointed a head teacher. UNICEF continues to advocate with MOE to recruit teachers in order to open in September.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - June 2014: Health

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS:

• More than 32,400 refugees utilised available primary, secondary and tertiary health care services provided by the Directorate of Health (DoH) and NGO partners with the support of UN agencies. The overall health care utilisation rate is stable, no outbreaks of communicable diseases occurred.