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31 Jul 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

Syria: Household-level study assesses critical humanitarian needs in Aleppo

The conflict in Syria which broke out in 2011 spread to the Aleppo Governorate almost a year later in early 2012. As a result of ongoing fighting, Aleppo- the largest city in Syria- has become fractured between a regime-held “western” section and an opposition-controlled “eastern” section. In March 2015, REACH conducted a household-level humanitarian needs assessment within eastern Aleppo, with a focus on food security and livelihoods.

31 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • The ETC radio training mission in Turkey trained 88 humanitarian staff in Ankara and Gaziantep.

  • Approval is still pending from Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) to import telecommunications equipment to support the humanitarian community in Syria.

  • The new ETC website went live on 02 July 2015.

31 Jul 2015 description
report UN News Service

30 July 2015 – The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has been tasked with reinvigorating an inclusive political process towards ending the crisis in the country, based on the aims set out in the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, which was adopted by the first international conference on the issue and has been endorsed by the UN security Council.

30 Jul 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 15:02 GMT

At least 18 people were killed Thursday when Islamic State group jihadists attacked a town in northern Syria recently captured by Kurdish forces, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said several IS fighters infiltrated Sarrin, in Aleppo province, and attacked a school being used as a base by the Kurds.

A first attacker blew himself up with the rest then opening fire, the Britain-based monitor said.

29 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

BEIRUT, 29 July 2015 (IRIN) - In the past week, Turkey has gone from an unhappy observer in the Syrian civil war to a full-blown combatant. Following two attacks by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), the country has begun a bombing campaign targeting both the Islamist militants in Syria and Kurdish separatists in Iraq.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also allowed the United States to use the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey in its bombing campaign against ISIS.

29 Jul 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11988

7497th Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Describing the Syrian conflict as a “shameful symbol” of the international community’s divisions and failure, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the Security Council to endorse fresh recommendations by his Special Envoy on finding a political settlement based on the 2012 Geneva Communiqué.

29 Jul 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

  1. The present report is the seventeenth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested me to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

29 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

NFI

  • Since the beginning of the year, 2,187,296 individuals have been supported with a total of 7,223,489 NFIs [(16.5) Items per family in average .

  • The Sector endorsed its Monitoring Format and reviewed the mapping of contingency stock/pipeline as well as the NFIs catalogue.

  • The Sector is collecting and compiling its specific planning figures and the NFI forward planning assumptions for the next six months

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29 Jul 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 02:24 GMT

by Sammy Ketz

Syrian troops and Kurdish fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Hasakeh on Tuesday, more than a month after the jihadists attacked the northeastern city, a monitoring group said.

On the political front, UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is due to brief the Security Council Wednesday, while UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien said he would visit Damascus in a bid to secure better humanitarian access to Syrians most in need.

29 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

I can still hear my children’s worried voices from the backseat. ‘Mom, do you think they will be nice? What if I won’t make any friends?’

It was the fall of 2001, my daughter was four, my son was six. We had just moved to Syria and were driving to their first day of school and pre-school outside of Damascus, full of the same nervous anticipation that millions of other children and parents feel every year on the first day of class.

28 Jul 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11984

7493rd Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

With no humanitarian solutions to the crisis in Syria, the immense suffering of its people would only worsen until a political settlement ended the conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

28 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· In Syria, access to humanitarian assistance for children in hard-to-reach areas continues to remain a significant challenge. The UN estimates that up to 2 million children are still not being reached due to deteriorating security, shifting frontlines, capacity limitations and administrative hurdles.

28 Jul 2015 description

Mr. President,

Distinguished members of the Security Council,

With much regret, my inaugural statement to the Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria continues where my predecessor left off, chronicling yet another month of grim statistics to convey the horrors of a brutal conflict and the immense suffering of beleaguered civilians, particularly women, children, the elderly and those living with disabilities.