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16 Mar 2017 description

Through #VoicesfromSyria, UNRWA is sharing six stories of Palestine refugees spanning three generations describing details of daily life in Syria. The narratives reveal extraordinary resilience, and hope is encapsulated in the song, ‘Dreaming of the Future’, recorded for the campaign.

16 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • The Syria conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs are huge, population displacement persists and fighting continues in the country.

16 Mar 2017 description

Worsening economic situation leads thousands of Syrian refugee families in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to seek refuge in oversubscribed camps.

By: Bathoul Ahmed | 15 March 2017

16 Mar 2017 description


  • In February, Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) payments reached 260,000 vulnerable refugees across Turkey. In total, over 200,000 family applications (over one million people) have been received and are being assessed. The innovative multi-purpose cash ESSN assistance scheme is funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) and implemented by WFP, the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and the Turkish Red Crescent.

16 Mar 2017 description


  • The Annual Report for the Syria operation was released in February.

  • WFP delivered food assistance for 3.5 million people. In total, 30 percent of the assistance was delivered to high-conflict areas through cross-border, cross-line and air deliveries.

  • UN organized peace talks took place in Geneva, but no major breakthroughs were observed.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Médicos del Mundo

338 instalaciones de salud fueron atacadas en 2016. Sólo el 12% de las que siguen operativas cuenta con energía para garantizar su funcionamiento

Madrid-París, 15 de marzo de 2017.-Seis años después del inicio del conflicto, Siria sigue siendo devastada por la guerra, mientras la comunidad internacional se ha demostrado incapaz de detener el sufrimiento que sufre su población. Médicos del Mundo reclama la necesidad de establecer una tregua duradera para facilitar el movimiento de las poblaciones sitiadas y el trabajo humanitario.

16 Mar 2017 description
report United Nations

Geneva, 15 March 2017 - The Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura condemns terrorist attacks in Damascus that took place today, coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. These attacks have claimed the lives of innocent civilians. They are also plainly designed to spoil attempts to sustain political talks.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

ISTANBUL, March 15 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's Al-Rahma International and "Ataa charity for relief and development" agreed on establishing a USD three million fund to support small Syrian enterprises. This came during the Syria's Developmental Vistas Conference which kicked off in the Turkish capital on Wednesday, with the participation of international charities, including co-organizers Al-Rahma. Ataa charity, involved in relief operations for the Syrian people, is registered in Turkey.

16 Mar 2017 description


Basic Assistance partners have reached more than 226,000 households through different assistance modalities. More than $113 million was injected in local markets through cash assistance for winter between November 2016 and March 2017.

16 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Syria: Questions and Answers on ‘Safe Zones’

Calls for Safe Zones Raise Concerns

(Beirut) – Human Rights Watch today released a question-and-answer document on “safe zones” and the armed conflict in Syria. A number of leaders and governments have suggested that creating safe zones in Syria near the Turkish or other borders could protect civilians while stemming the flow of refugees from the conflict.

16 Mar 2017 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:12 GMT

Six years of conflict have brought the Syrian health service, once one of the best in the Middle East, close to collapse

*Sanctions make it harder to import to Syria

*US and EU sanctions are not designed to target medicine

*But foreign drugs firms, banks wary of dealing with Syria

*State spending cuts, currency dive also hit drugs imports

By Dahlia Nehme

16 Mar 2017 description
report European Union

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria on 14 March 2017.

15 Mar 2017 description

R2P Monitor is a bimonthly bulletin applying the Responsibility to Protect lens to populations at risk of mass atrocities around the world. Issue 32 looks at developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Myanmar, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Philippines and Central African Republic.

Issue 32 also includes an insert regarding states that have endorsed the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. For more information on the Kigali Principles, see: Peacekeeping and the Kigali Principles.

15 Mar 2017 description


The following statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was issued today:

For six years now, the Syria people have been victims of one of the worst conflicts of our time.

As the war enters its seventh year, I issue two urgent appeals to all parties.

First, make the most of the 30 December 2016 ceasefire established by the guarantors of the Astana meetings, enhance it further and ensure that humanitarian aid can reach all those in need in Syria without any obstacles and impediments.

15 Mar 2017 description

BEIRUT, March 15 (Reuters) - Two suicide bomb attacks killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens more in Damascus on Wednesday, state media reported, in the second such spate of bombings in the Syrian capital in five days.

The first suicide bomber targeted the Palace of Justice, the main courthouse in central Damascus near the Old City. Justice Minister Najem al-Ahmad told reporters the initial death toll was 31, mostly civilians.

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