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23 Jun 2017 description

Highlights
- (8) AFP cases were reported during this week, (5) cases from Al-Mayadeen in Deir-ez-Zor, (3) cases from Homs.
- (106) Suspected Measles cases were reported during this week: from Damascus (17), Rural Damascus (19), Homs (16), Deir-ez-Zor (10), and Lattakia (12).

23 Jun 2017 description

Overview of migrant situation in Turkey

According to the latest available gures from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) currently there are approximately 3,3 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking for the international protection.

23 Jun 2017 description
report Building Markets

New report by Building Markets finds that Syrian-owned businesses create jobs and economic opportunities in Turkey

NEW YORK, June 20, 2017 –– A new study released today by the U.S.-based nonprofit organization, Building Markets, and its partner Syrian Economic Forum (SEF), finds that displaced Syrians in Turkey are drivers of entrepreneurship and job creation.

22 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • Heavy fighting between the SDF and ISIL in ArRaqqa city continued as the SDF made advances in the northwestern and eastern parts of the city.

  • Since early June, an estimated 50,000 people have been displaced in Ar-Raqqa governorate, some for short periods. Of these, 7,655 IDPs have so far been verified by CCCM cluster as remaining displaced for longer periods. The situation continues to be fluid, with new displacements coexisting with rapid return movements to areas taken over by SDF.

22 Jun 2017 description
  • In Syria, 15 new cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) were reported in the past week, bringing the total number of cVDPV2 cases in the country to 17. Sixteen of the 17 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir-Al-Zour governorate, and one case is from Raqua district, Raqua governorate. All cases had onset of paralysis between 3 March and 23 May.

  • The 14th report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) has been published, following the group’s meeting in May.

22 Jun 2017 description

Muhanad, a surgeon in northern Syria, happened to be visiting his nephew not far from the town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017. During the visit, he was called to a local field hospital that was receiving emergency cases of patients exposed to gas. He realized their symptoms weren’t what he was used to seeing with similar incidents. “More than 30 patients came in the afternoon,” he says. “They were in convulsions. That’s not a chlorine gas symptom.”

“I froze.”

22 Jun 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Assisting the Most Vulnerable Would Be Significant Progress

When looking for solutions to the global refugee crisis, Japan is often identified as a country that could do more. It contributes generously to the United Nations refugee agency but does very little in terms of recognizing asylum seekers in Japan or in resettling refugees stranded, often in terrible conditions, in Thailand, Lebanon, Kenya, Pakistan and elsewhere.

22 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Syria, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to several locations continued to be hampered due to ongoing or renewed hostilities. During May 2017, only three interagency convoys to Duma, Wadi Barada and Jirud in Rural Damascus took place, with UNICEF delivering multi-sectoral assistance to 42,000 people in need.

22 Jun 2017 description
infographic REACH Initiative

Introduction

This multi-sector needs assessment is part of a monthly data collection exercise which aims to gather information about needs and the humanitarian situation inside Syria. The factsheets present information collected in May 2017, referring to the situation in April 2017.

22 Jun 2017 description
report Redhum, REACH Initiative

This area-based city profi le details the main results and fi ndings from an assessment conducted by IMPACT initiatives in Mafraq city between January and April 2017 which aimed at piloting an innovative methodology. Conducted at neighbourhood and city level, the pilot focused on:

1) Understanding areas, through delineating boundaries of community and service areas,

22 Jun 2017 description

By: Josie Le Blond and Gordon Welters in Berlin

Bookshelves laden with Arabic works are pushed aside, chairs and cushions rearranged and microphones tested. In a loft above the Berlin rooftops, Muhannad Qaiconie and team are preparing their unique library for a reading event.

22 Jun 2017 description
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During May an escalation of fighting in the North East and North West of Raqqa caused the displacement of thousands of people to a number of different camps and informal settlements. Large numbers of people were displaced from the north western side of Raqqa which resulted in thousands of IDPs arriving in to Ein Issa, Maskana and Aleppo. In response,
UNHCR scaled up its operations in the North of Syria as well as continuing its response to both refugees and IDPs in the Al Hol, Newroz, Mabrouka and Roj camps in the Hassakeh governorate.

22 Jun 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 690,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 23 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, 96 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,977.6 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

22 Jun 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the decision by the Kingdom of Morocco to admit a group of Syrian refugees stranded in difficult circumstances at the country’s border with Algeria since 17 April.

The remaining 28 refugees from an original group of 41, including women and children, were collected on 20 June by the Moroccan police from the border and transported by bus to Bouarfa, from where they were transferred to the capital Rabat. UNHCR is working with the authorities of Morocco and other countries to find a durable solution to the plight of these vulnerable refugees.