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United States Government Bolsters Aid To Hungry Syrians With A US$185 Million Contribution To WFP

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$185 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed the hungry in the fourth year of Syria’s protracted humanitarian crisis.

Of that amount, US$122 million will help Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and US$63 million will assist vulnerable people within Syria. This critical cash contribution will be used for food, cash-and-voucher and other programmes. The funds come from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Struggling to Build an Alternative to Assad

Structural Flaws and Lack of Protection Undermine Syria’s Opposition Government

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Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) (S/2014/525) [EN/AR]

  1. This fifth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) and paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all Syrian parties to the conflict.

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WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Reach Eastern Aleppo City and Mouadamiya in rural Damascus

Damascus, 31 July 2014 – Subsequent to an agreement with the Syrian government and the opposition, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) delivered surgical and medical assistance to the besieged eastern Aleppo city and besieged communities in Mouadamiya in rural Damascus.

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Urgent Appeal for More CWS School Kits

Following the two latest shipments of CWS School Kits to our partner IOCC for children in Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Church World Service has just over 5,000 CWS School Kits in stock, against pending requests for 15,000 from Romania and 3,000 from Moldova – and more requests are expected soon.

CWS School Kits give children buffeted by war, natural disaster and poverty some of the basic tools for learning, so it is vitally important that we replenish our supplies as quickly as possible.

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Syria army shelling near Damascus kills 12: NGO

07/30/2014

DOUMA, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Twelve people were killed, among them a child, in Syrian army shelling late Wednesday on Douma, a rebel-held town near Damascus, a monitoring group said.

"At least 12 people were killed, among them a child and a woman... in fierce shelling by regime troops on several areas of Douma," said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"Several dozens more, including children, were wounded," said the Britain-based group, which relies on a broad network of activists, doctors and lawyers for its reports.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement to the press on Syria

Today I briefed the Security Council on the situation of the millions of Syrians in desperate need of aid and protection, and on progress in implementing resolutions 2139 and 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria.

Attacks on civilians by all parties to the conflict and human rights abuses continue in flagrant violation of the most basic principles of international humanitarian and human rights law.

In addition attacks on medical facilities are at their highest levels since December 2012.

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

07/30/2014 18:07 GMT

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday unveiled $378 million in new humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, denouncing "appalling 'starve or surrender' tactics" by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

"The regime is asphyxiating half a million Syrians in Aleppo by obstructing deliveries of food, water, and medicine," Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement.

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Barrage of Barrel Bombs

Attacks on Civilians Defy UN Resolution

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(New York) – The Syrian government is raining high explosive barrel bombs on civilians in defiance of a unanimous United Nations Security Council resolution, Human Rights Watch said today. Resolution 2139 of February 22, 2014, ordered all parties to the conflict in Syria to end the indiscriminate use of barrel bombs and other weapons in populated areas.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 29 July 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"There was no UNRWA distribution in Yarmouk today, 29 July. UNRWA has been informed by the Syrian authorities that distribution will be permitted to recommence on Thursday, 31 July, following completion of the Eid al-Fitr period. UNRWA stands ready to resume operations immediately and is encouraging all parties to continue facilitation of food and medical assistance to civilians in Yarmouk, as soon as possible.

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Treaty banning cluster bombs marks four-year anniversary

(August 1, 2014) On the fourth anniversary of it first becoming binding international law, campaigners will today urge every country in the world to join the international treaty banning cluster bombs.

The call comes just days after the second anniversary of the start of ongoing use of cluster munitions against civilians in Syria, in July 2012.

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Council scales up humanitarian assistance for Syria

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European Union

In reaction to the continuing deterioration of the situation in Syria, the Council today approved 1 the increase of humanitarian and development assistance.

The Council backed a Commission proposal (12055/14) to increase humanitarian assistance by 50 million €, bringing the total humanitarian support for Syria to 150 million € in 2014. This is to address the most pressing needs of the most vulnerable persons inside Syria and in the neighbour countries. The additional support is notably aimed at helping health care services, providing medicines and scaling up water supply.

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Syria rebels advance towards key airport in Hama province

07/29/2014 09:24 GMT

BEIRUT, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian rebels pressed on with a fresh advance in the central province of Hama, as they bid to take out its military aiport, a rebel commander and a monitor said Tuesday.

"The rebels are now nine kilometres (six miles) away from Hama military airport, which they want to put out of action," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

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Syria: Car bombs target Eid shoppers

Syria – MSF: Car bombs in northern Syria target Eid shoppers

Paris, July 28 2014. Two car bombs exploded in towns in northern Syria on 26 July – one in Atmeh and the other in Azaz – causing large numbers of civilian casualties, including a Syrian staff member of the international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). MSF strongly condemns these deadly attacks on civilians.

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Syria Crisis Common Context Analysis

A product of the Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning (CALL) Initiative, this paper aims to save evaluation teams time and research, and avoid unnecessary duplication.

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6 children among 15 dead in Aleppo bombing: Syria monitor

07/28/2014 11:32 GMT

BEIRUT, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Six children were among at least 15 civilians killed in overnight bomb attacks by government and rebel forces in the divided city of Aleppo, a monitoring group said Monday.

"At least nine civilians, three of them children, were killed in barrel bombs (dropped by regime aircraft) in Shaar," an eastern district, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 09 - 22 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food assistance reaches Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh

  • 12-truck WFP convoy departs for Deir-ez-Zor city

  • Nutrition programme for displaced women launched in Homs and Lattakia

  • Ramadan distributions in Jordan conclude ahead of Eid

  • WFP monitoring shows most refugees in camps in Turkey to be food secure

  • In Egypt, Carrefour provides 3 percent discount on purchases with WFP e-card

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 27 July 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"For the fourth consecutive day, UNRWA was able to provide basic healthcare and medicines to 305 patients, including 38 non-communicable disease (NCD) patients, at a temporary health point inside Yarmouk. Medicines included antibiotics, treatments for hypertension, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, as well as oral rehydration salts and lice/scabies treatments.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 26 July 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp