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23 Jan 2017 description

Progress Since the last Sitrep

Since last WoS Nutrition SitRep, the Nutrition sector with its partners continued the provision of essential nutrition services from Damascus and Gaziantep.

From Damascus hub, partners screened close to 4,000 girls and boys under five years of age and pregnant lactating mothers for acute malnutrition using MUAC (3185 children and 698 women).

22 Jan 2017 description
report Sphere Project
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Detailed content of the training by session - Arabic version

A new version of the Sphere Training Package customised to the Syria response is available for download in Arabic from the Sphere website.

This new version of the Sphere training pack was developed by the Sphere community to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian staff working in and around Syria. It seeks to help them professionalise and improve the effectiveness, quality and accountability of the response.

The training package includes the following modules:

22 Jan 2017 description

Rebels appear more divided than ever as they prepare for peace talks next week

  • Opposition fears talks could further divide rebels

  • Russia launched diplomacy after rebels' Aleppo defeat

  • Turkey-backed groups set to attend, HNC excluded

  • Russia-backed diplomacy widened schism with jihadists

By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi

22 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • An ISIL advance on Deirez-Zor that started on 15 January has effectively cut the besieged enclave in two as of 17 January, and resulted in the death and injury of scores of civilians

  • The areas of Deir-ez-Zor under the control of the government of Syria, in which some 93,500 live, have been besieged by ISIL since July 2014, depriving people from regular access to food, medicines and other essentials.

22 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Progress Since the last Sitrep

Since last WoS Nutrition SitRep, the Nutrition sector with its partners continued the provision of essential nutrition services from Damascus and Gaziantep.

22 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

230,836
Syrian refugees registered as of 31 December 2016

371,638
IDPs reached with protection monitoring in 2016

158,400
Persons of concerns (108,540 IDPs/49,860 refugees) received Cash assistance in 2016

360,000
IDPs received Shelter and CRI assistance in 2016

Population of concern
A total of 5.7 million people of concern

Funding in 2016
USD 546.9 million requested:

22 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 21 January 2017 13:20 GMT

Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan is home to refugees and also to rebel groups

(Adds details, death toll)

BEIRUT, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A car bomb on Saturday killed at least four people and critically injured a number of others at the Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring organisation.

21 Jan 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

The people of Syria and Lebanon show great readiness to help others, says Christian Reuter, secretary-general of the German Red Cross. He recently spoke with DW's Kersten Knipp.

DW: Mr Reuter, in recent days you've been traveling through Syria, including to the city of Homs. What is your impression of the city?

21 Jan 2017 description
report Women Under Siege

By Annie Hylton/Guest Blogger — January 20, 2017

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • For the first time since the beginning of the refugee crisis in Turkey, there are more Syrian children in school than out – as of November, over 490,000 Syrian children are currently enrolled in formal education, a 50% increase in enrolment since the end of the previous school year in June 2016.

  • Over 100 Temporary Education Centres (TECs) were upgraded or provided with essential furniture in December, bringing the total number of TECs supported in 2016 with this intervention to 259.

21 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Since 14 January, an estimated 1.8 million people in Aleppo city and eastern rural Aleppo have been cut off from their main source of water supply following a technical failure in Al Khafse water station. The UN is supporting the response to the water crisis.

  • More than 121,350 people who from east Aleppo city have been officially registered. Of those, 65,345 remained or re-registered in east Aleppo, 50,929 are registered as sheltering in west Aleppo, and 5,077 remain in the Jibreen collective shelter.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Backlogs and brutal weather compound hardships facing stranded children

NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.

21 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The past year was a turning point in the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, marked by changing migration trends, more dangerous journeys and shift in the profiles of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, including women and children. Moreover, in 2016 the number of unaccompanied and separated children crossing the Central Mediterranean doubled compared to the previous year.

21 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 20 January 2017 15:33 GMT

Experts to be allowed to repair a pumping station damaged by the fighting, allowing water service to Damascus to be restored

BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) - German diplomats helped broker a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in a mountainous valley near Damascus, a deal designed to restore water supplies to the capital, the German foreign ministry said on Friday.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

20 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:09 GMT

The pillars of Lebanon's economy - remittances from overseas workers, tourism and real estate - have been damaged by the war in Syria

BEIRUT, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Lebanon's prime minister called on Thursday for "adequate and substantial" foreign investments worth nearly $10 billion to address the Syrian refugee crisis and upgrade the country's crumbling infrastructure.

20 Jan 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean
3,161
arrivals by sea in 2017
230
dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Sea Arrivals

20 Jan 2017 description
report Oxfam

As winter unfolds, migrants and refugees across Europe and the Middle East are encountering freezing temperatures. Many are surviving in tents or makeshift shelters with little infrastructure to support them. In Greece, Serbia, Jordan and Iraq, we are distributing essential items to help people brave this harsh winter.

Greece

According to the Greek Government about 63,000 migrants, including refugees, remain in Greece with over 15,500 stuck on the islands, where designated sites are unable to accommodate more than 8,000.

20 Jan 2017 description

Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya.

20 Jan 2017 description

The proliferation of IEDs by armed groups, resulting from explosive materials taken from poorly-monitored ammunition sites, is a growing and substantial issue facing the international community. Securing ammunition stockpiles is a pressing concern in itself. According to a UN Security Report of the Secretary General, over the past decades, unintended explosive events relating to poorly stored or managed ammunition stockpiles have affected more than 50 countries.