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18 Aug 2017 description

New York, 18 August 2017): At an event today to mark World Humanitarian Day, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for global action to protect civilians trapped in armed conflict and joined UN staff to symbolically “stand together” with all those affected by conflict.

18 Aug 2017 description

Attacks against health workers in conflict areas are on the rise. According to the World Health Organisation, 979 health workers were injured or killed in attacks in 2016, an increase on the year before. Despite the growing dangers, doctors, nurses and other health care workers continue to brave tremendous risks to treat the wounded and heal the sick. We spoke to four doctors in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen to find out what it is like to work in some of the world’s most challenging conflict zones.

15 Aug 2017 description

Attacks against health workers in conflict areas are on the rise. According to the World Health Organisation, 863 health workers were injured or killed in attacks in 2016, an increase on the year before. Despite the growing dangers, doctors, nurses and other health care workers continue to brave tremendous risks to treat the wounded and heal the sick. We spoke to four doctors in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Yemen to find out what it is like to work in some of the world’s most challenging conflict zones.

15 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • Displacements from and within Ar-Raqqa Governorate continued due to heavy fighting and airstrikes. An estimated 224,250 people have been displaced since 1 April, including 45,486 since 1 June.

  • Up to 25,000 people are estimated to remain inside Raqqa city, amid heavy fighting between ISIL and the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF).

13 Aug 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 730,200 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 30 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 126 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 2,610.1 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

11 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • At the end of July 2017, Hayyat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Hezbollah reached an agreement whereby civilians and HTS fighters in Arsal Mountains (Lebanon) and Flita Mountains (Syria) would be “evacuated” to north-western Syria.

  • After delays due to disputes between the parties to the agreement, 5,288 people were evacuated from Arsal and Flita mountains to parts of Idleb and Aleppo governorates.

03 Aug 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 730,200 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 30 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 121 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 2,499.1 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

03 Aug 2017 description

Highlights
- First wave of refugees return to Syria.
- Cash Consultation brings together partners to discuss the sustainability and effectiveness for the cash response in Lebanon.
- Lebanon Humanitarian Fund allocates USD 4 million to support people with special needs.
- Statelessness raises risk of increased marginalization and vulnerability of children.
- Funding received for LCRP in 2017 is 30 per cent less than by May 2016.

01 Aug 2017 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Large-scale fighting is over for now, but civilians face diversifying risks.

  • Returnees face insecurity, community distrust and low employment.

  • Donors pledge an additional $200 million in Washington, but more funds are still urgently needed to keep the response on track.

  • Massive destruction in West Mosul leaves 200,000 homeless

FIGURES

  • Number of people in need 11m

01 Aug 2017 description

On 30 July the first ever inter-agency convoy reached the besieged town of Nashabiyeh in eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus, in Syria. The aid supplies were delivered by the UN and Syria Arab Red Crescent and reached 7,200 people. This followed a humanitarian convoy on 29 July to 33,000 people in hard-to-reach Al Derkhabia and Zakia towns in Rural Damascus. Supplies included food, nutrition, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies. These convoys provided welcome relief to people who have been cut off from aid.

31 Jul 2017 description
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  • From 19 – 25 July, infighting among non-state armed groups (NSAGs) disrupted the provision of humanitarian services in northwestern Syria.

  • The Bab Al-Hawa border crossing effectively was closed between 19 – 25 July, after the Turkish border became inaccessible from the Syrian side, resulting in the stoppage of humanitarian aid and commercial cargo from Turkey to Syria.

  • Several humanitarian organizations suspended operations for several days since 19 July. Most have resumed activities since then.