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22 Mar 2017 description

The Humanitarian Situation in Eastern Ghota

Due to its large population, Damascus has been divided into two governorates. Damascus governorate, the capital of Syria, and Rural Damascus which consists of the countryside surrounding Damascus City. Rural Damascus is commonly called Ghota, and it is divided into Eastern Ghota and Western Ghota.

22 Mar 2017 description

SARC’s Disaster Management Team- Damascus Branch participated in the vaccination campaign that was launched on 13-16/03/2017 in Al-Qadam area and targeted 901 children from the mentioned area as well as to Al-Yarmouk Camp and Al-Hajar Al-Asswad. The campaign which was carried out in cooperation with Damascus Health Directorate and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society- Syria, is aimed to support the children age group (day one to 5 years old) with polio and other supportive vacancies in addition to the oral vitamins.

22 Mar 2017 description

Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk.

At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.

22 Mar 2017 description


270,546 Iraqis currently internally displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since military operations to retake the city began on 17 October 2016

34,337 core relief item kits distributed to families in camps, assisting some 182,000 IDPs from Mosul and surrounding areas

7,990 family plots currently occupied out of 12,497 family plots (for some 75,000 people) in UNHCR built camps ready to receive IDPs displaced from the Mosul corridor

3 million IDPs since January 2014

22 Mar 2017 description
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Key Facts
- 2,000 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece based on analysis from referrals to EKKA (as of 17 March 2017)
- 1,352 Total number of places available in UAC shelters (filled, pending assigned cases as of 17 March, including 90 vacant places in the process to be filled)
- 891 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter (as of 17 March) including:
- 130 in Reception and Identification Centers
- 18 in protective custody

22 Mar 2017 description

Australia’s commitment to resettle an additional 12,000 people displaced by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq has been met with 12,000 visas now issued to Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

More than 10,000 of the refugees have already started to make a new home in Australia with the remainder to arrive in Australia in coming months.

Priority for the additional places was given to people assessed as the most vulnerable – persecuted minorities, women, children and families with the least prospect of ever returning safely to their homes.

22 Mar 2017 description

◾Lebanon is the neighbouring country hit the hardest by the Syria crisis. With more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, compounded with other refugee communities hosted by the country, Lebanon accounts for the highest refugee per capita rates in the world. Since the beginning of 2015 and with the enforcement of stricter regulations applied by the Government, access to Lebanon by those fleeing the conflict in Syria has become close to impossible.

22 Mar 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

ANKARA, March 21 (KUNA) -- The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) on Tuesday signed with Turkey three agreements worth USD 15 million to contribute to the response plan of Syrian refugees living in the Turkish cities of Gaziantep, Kilis and Sanliurfa.

The agreements were signed by KFAED's Director General Abdul-Wahab Al-Bader and Mayors of Gaziantep, Kilis and Sanliurfa, in the presence of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

21 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Recommendations for Global Coalition Summit

21 Mar 2017 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights BMC series – open, inclusive and trusted 2017 17:7 DOI: 10.1186/s12914-017-0116-4© The Author(s). 2017

Received: 17 September 2016 Accepted: 11 March 2017 Published: 20 March 2017

Waleed M. Sweileh


21 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Sara Elizabeth Williams

Last February, Jordan and the international community agreed on a radically new approach to the Syrian refugee crisis. Instead of viewing refugees as a burden that could only be alleviated by humanitarian aid, the new agreement described them as “a development opportunity” that, with sufficient levels of investment and structural reforms, could benefit Jordan’s entire economy.

21 Mar 2017 description


○ Food basket cost in Deir-ezZor and Al-Hasakeh governorates decreased significantly compared to January 2017.

○ Extreme shortage of fuel reported from markets in Damascus, Lattakia, Tartous and Aleppo.

○ February market data reveals slight decline for national average retail prices of rice (-3%) and bulgur (-7%), compared to last month.

21 Mar 2017 description

UNRWA noted the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of Damascus. Fighting among all parties to the conflict in the area at the end of February caused large displacement of families, impeded civilian access to live-saving aid and resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees. UNRWA is closely monitoring the situation and started providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced in February

21 Mar 2017 description


  • Over the past two weeks, fighting around Menbij has displaced over 60,000 people in two major displacement waves.

  • From 27 - 28 February, fighting in the southwestern countryside of Menbij has displaced more than 35,000 people northwards, and again from 1 March onwards. An estimated 20,000 people were displaced from Maskana,
    Dayr Hafir and Al Khafsa to villages in the southwestern countryside of Menbij and to Menbij city itself.

21 Mar 2017 description


  • Over 7,860 refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia. 87% (6,768) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest stayed rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.