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27 Nov 2014 description

Leading aid and refugee agencies are launching a new call for the UK to offer up to 10,000 resettlement places to refugees from Syria.

The call comes at the latest immigration statistics are expected to reveal that only around 100 refugees have been resettled in the UK since the Government set up its special resettlement scheme for Syrians in January.

Oxfam, Save the Children, Amnesty International, the Refugee Council and over 25 other organisations have today signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to offer safe haven to more refugees from Syria.

26 Nov 2014 description

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

26 Nov 2014 description
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Echoes from Syria Issue 6 - Human trafficking, exploitation, and displacement in Syria, November 2014 EN/AR

26 Nov 2014 description

Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 19:49 GMT

by Serene Assir

Syrian regime air strikes on the Islamic State group stronghold Raqa have killed at least 95 people, while a delegation from President Bashar al-Assad's government held talks Wednesday with key ally Russia.

The bombing Tuesday was the deadliest by Assad's air force in Raqa since fighters from the Sunni extremist IS seized the city last year and declared it their capital.

More than half of the dead were civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

26 Nov 2014 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

25 Nov 2014 description

Security Council Briefing on Syria
25 November 2014
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Mr. President,

Nine months ago this Council adopted resolution 2139 which sets out a comprehensive series of proposals to tackle the significant protection, access and humanitarian challenges facing civilians and humanitarian partners in Syria.

25 Nov 2014 description

QAMISHLI, Syria, November 25 (UNHCR) – Life on the run has not stopped Iraqi refugee Aisha from ensuring that her five children get an education, and this learning has given them hope for the future despite the problems they face in Syria.

"Education is not a luxury, it's a necessity for our children," said the mother of five, who fled from the northern Iraq city of Mosul in 2011 to escape mounting sectarian violence.

Her son Mohamed, aged 14 years, says he loves going to school and dreams of becoming an engineer.

25 Nov 2014 description
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Introduction

  1. This ninth 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 parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

25 Nov 2014 description
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Amman, Jordan, 25 November 2014 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has contributed four million Euros to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) emergency response to children affected by the on-going conflict inside Syria, and in neighboring Jordan where refugee children are now living in camps and host communities.

25 Nov 2014 description

SARC-Aleppo health care team distributed medical items to 11 health facilities including hospitals and PHCs that work in providing care to pediatric and internal chronic diseases.

SARC-Aleppo health care team made an assessment in the areas of “Al-Sukkari, Al-Maadi, Old Aleppo, elderly care home, Seif Al-Dawla, Al-Maghayer, Jeb Al-Qubba, Al-Shaar, Al-Sheikh Maqsoud and Bustan Al-Qasr” where the distribution was made upon the medicinal need of each. It should be noted that those medications were donated by WHO and targeting 43000 beneficiaries.

25 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

  • Syria: IOM provided emergency Non-Food items (NFIs) for 19,560 displaced and affected individuals in cross-line and hard to reach areas in Rural Damascus and Al-Hasakeh governorates.

  • Jordan: Under the leadership of the MoH and in cooperation with WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and partners, IOM supported the fourth national polio campaign 26 – 30 Oct 2014 through providing 16 cars and 3 buses to transport the MOH vaccination staff in Irbid, Mafraq, Zarqa, Karak Ma’an and Ajloun governorates.

25 Nov 2014 description

Aleppo, Syria | AFP | Tuesday 11/25/2014 - 02:17 GMT

by Sammy Ketz with Zein al-Rifai in eastern Aleppo

The front line that slices through Aleppo separates the ancient Syrian city's residents into two distinct worlds, the only thing uniting them the fear of stepping into a sniper's sights.

This feeling is eerily similar on each side of the line, scanned by gunmen perched in once residential buildings.

On one side, the charred hulks of buses are used as roadblocks; on the other, canvas masks alleyways so people can cross without becoming targets.

25 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announces nearly $135 million in new humanitarian assistance, bringing total U.S. Government contribution to the Syria crisis to more than $3 billion.

  • Humanitarian actors continue providing cold weather-appropriate relief items to populations in need.

  • U.N. report details the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) violations, including restrictions on humanitarian access.

24 Nov 2014 description
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Highlights

· In Aleppo city, shortage of water supply is affecting at least 2 million people in the east and western parts. Reduction in the level of dams compounded with control of water supply by armed opposition groups is contributing to the current water crisis.

24 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Al-Nusra Front (ANF) and allies consolidated their control of the Zawiya Mountains in Idleb.

• Fighting between two factions of the Islamic Front controlling the Bab-al Hawa border prompted Turkish authorities to close the crossing on 16 November 2014.

• During the reporting period, UN cross-border shipments under the Security Council Resolution 2165 reach 107,500 individuals in Aleppo, Idleb and Hama Governorates

24 Nov 2014 description
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REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 3,249,401 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 52.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,699,436 refugee children in the region.