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23 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • Displacements from and within Ar-Raqqa Governorate continued due to heavy fighting and airstrikes. An estimated 202,702 people have been displaced since 1 April, including 32,510 since 1 June.

  • As of 11 July, estimates indicate that between 20,000 and 50,000 people remain inside Raqqa city.

  • As of 11 July, Ar-Raqqa city is militarily surrounded by the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF). Unverified reports, state that between 20 and 30 per cent of Raqqa city has been taken over by SDF forces.

23 Jul 2017 description

The Jordanian Context

“Despite being an upper middle-income country, Jordan maintains pockets of food insecurity, especially in communities that with protracted economic hosting refugees. It is home to nearly 700,000 UN-registered Syrian refugees.

Jordan is one of the world’s four most water-deficit countries. Due to scarce water supplies, recurrent drought, urbanization and desertification, agricultural production is insufficient, making Jordan a net importer of food” (WFP, 2017).”

23 Jul 2017 description
report Voice of America

BEIRUT — Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus Sunday, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The British-based monitoring group said Saturday had been relatively calm after the ceasefire took effect with isolated incidents of shellfire.

On Sunday, six air strikes hit the towns of Douma and Ain Terma in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, it reported.

There was no immediate comment from the government or army.

23 Jul 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

846,252 Internally displaced Iraqis verified as being currently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

571,000 IDPs, returnees and members of the host community from Mosul and surrounding areas assisted by UNHCR since 17 October 2016.

259,061 Individuals (53,558 households) impacted by military operations to retake Mosul since October 2016 are currently enrolled in ASSIST, UNHCR’s assistance tracking tool

3.3 million IDPs since January 2014

23 Jul 2017 description

Syria and Russia have announced agreement on a cease-fire in an area that is a stronghold of opposition forces near the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian military command the Russian Defense Ministry said separately on July 22 that a truce would begin in Eastern Ghouta, one of the last bastions for forces in western Syria fighting against troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian army said in a report by the state SANA news agency that after days of heavy air strikes it would "halt fighting in some areas of Eastern Ghouta" from July 22.

22 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.

21 Jul 2017 description

Syria: The PH&CCD Directorates-MOH & WHO

Highlights:

  • (4) AFP cases were reported during this week, (3) cases from Al-Mayadin in Deir-ez-Zor, (1) case from Rural Damascus.  A notable decrease in SM cases reported for three consecutive weeks.

  • (58) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week: from Ar-Raqqa (17), Damascus (17), Deirez-Zor (14), and Dar’a (6)

Completeness & Timeliness of Reporting

21 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• During the first half of 2017, close to 93,000 refugees and migrants arrived on European shores mainly through the Central Mediterranean Route - around half of them arrived in just May and June 2017. While barely one in six of sea arrivals this year are children, the number of unaccompanied or separated children (UASC) coming to Italy is on the rise with 11,406 newly registered UASC between January and June 2017.

21 Jul 2017 description
report Global Communities

The sudden influx of Syrian refugees put significant pressure on the already strained health services in Wasatyeh. As the health care service providers struggled to serve a 20% increase in population, the quality of services deteriorated and tensions in the community rose. Poorly equipped health centers started referring patients to the regional hospital, but those who could afford the transportation costs faced long waiting periods.

21 Jul 2017 description

On July 18, another shipment of humanitarian aid has been airlifted to Syria by the Czech Army as part of a joint project of Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense as well as the Czech Red Cross (CRC). The aid was forwarded by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Syria Eva Filipi and Director of the CRC Office Josef Konečný to the representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The SARC provides health care to about two million persons in 144 facilities.

21 Jul 2017 description

In this edition:

  • IOM’s FAP Continues to Help Families Reunite in Germany
  • Kitting out the Turkish National Police and Coast Guard
  • IOM Integration Programmes Build the Basis for Independent Lives
  • Psychosocial Support Certificate Programme in Turkey Aids War-affected Communities
  • Boosting Refugee Access to Health Centres along TurkishSyrian Border

€ 20 Million EU Project Supports Turkish Coast Guard to Save More Migrant Lives

21 Jul 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12917
20 JULY 2017
SECURITY COUNCIL
8007TH MEETING (AM)

The Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution reinforcing its resolve to adapt to evolving terrorist threats, encouraging Governments to update their methods for cutting off funds to terrorist groups, preventing their travel, banning them from acquiring arms and ensuring that sanctions were fully implemented.

20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

20 Jul 2017 description

With support from the European Commission, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is running safe spaces for refugee women and girls in Greece. Nazia and Rolian met some months ago in the Eleonas refugee camp near Athens, where their families are neighbours. The two girls attend the space to socialise, learn and practice their favourite hobby: dancing.

20 Jul 2017 description

SNHR has published its periodic death toll report for the month of June 2017 in which it documented the killing of 5381 civilians in the first half of 2017 at the hands of the parties to the conflict in Syria. The report sheds light on the de-escalation zones agreement that went into effect on May 6, 2017, after it was announced at the end of the fourth round of negotiations that was held between Russian, Turkish, and Iranian representatives, who attended as the sponsoring states of Ankara Ceasefire Agreement.

20 Jul 2017 description

With the SlovakAid funds, Habitat for Humanity started renovating primary and secondary schools for local and refugee children in Lebanon. Almost 2500 children aged 6 to 18 will benefit from this work.

20 Jul 2017 description

By Jennifer Dathan

In the first half of 2017, civilian deaths from air-launched explosive violence have risen by 44% compared to the same period in 2016, new figures reveal.

Within the first six months of 2017, UK-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has recorded at least 2,945 civilian deaths from air-launched explosives as reported in English language media. Of these deaths, 88% took place in populated areas, such as homes, markets, hospitals and schools.