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East Damascus hit by fiercest clashes in months: monitor

07/22/2014 15:25 GMT

BEIRUT, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Eastern Damascus was hit Tuesday by its fiercest fighting in months, a monitor said, as rebels stepped up a bid to break a siege and pro-regime forces tried to stop them.

The air force pounded the rebel-held eastern neighbourhood of Jobar, as opposition fighters launched mortars into army-held parts of Damascus, killing one person and wounding others, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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UAE Pledges $15 million for Palestine Refugees in Syria

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD) on Monday 21 July provided a donation of $15 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to distribute desperately needed food-aid to Palestine refugees who continue to suffer the worst effects of Syria’s civil war, now in its fourth year.

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EU reinforces sanctions against Syrian regime

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European Union

ST 12023/14 PRESSE 409 Brussels, 22 July 2014

In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council today reinforced EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime.

The Council has targeted three additional persons and nine entities due to their involvement in the violent repression of the civilian population or their support to the regime. These will be subject to an asset freeze and a ban from entering the EU.

Today's decision brings the total of persons under EU restrictions to 192 and the number of entities to 62.

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Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy

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Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region

38 confirmed polio cases with 765,000 Syrian children in hard-to-reach areas

Amman/ Cairo, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 20 July 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 478 families in Yarmouk today, 20 July, in addition to 20 baby hygiene kits, vitamin packs rehydration salts, lice/scabies treatments and a range of other food items.

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In an Agreement with the UNRWA - The UAE gives AED 55 million worth of urgent relief to Palestinians in Syria

The aid is part of the UAE pledge at Kuwait 2nd donors conference on Syria The relief targets 361,300 victims, representing 92,200 displaced Palestinian families inside Syria

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MICAD and UNICEF partner to provide health and nutrition services for Syrian children

The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, and UNICEF have yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining cooperation for providing an integrated health and nutrition plan to help battle malnutrition among Syrian children affected by the ongoing conflict.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 18 July 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 600 families in Yarmouk today, 18 July, in addition to 20 baby hygiene kits, vitamin packs rehydration salts, lice/scabies treatments and a range of other food items.

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WHO delivers medicines and medical supplies to Dar’a governorate

Dar’a, Syria, 20 July 2014 – In response to the critical health needs in Dar’a governorate, WHO has supported 424 500 people by providing local health authorities with 25 metric tonnes of life-saving, chronic disease medicines and intravenous fluids, including multivitamins for children.

"This breakthrough delivery will bring much needed medical supplies to vulnerable populations in one of the areas most in need of medical assistance in Syria,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria.

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UNHCR Syria In Focus Fortnightly Update Issue 11, July 2014

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• UNHCR delivers through an airlift operation emergency Core Relief Items covering up to 50,000 individuals due to the influx of Iraqi refugees and Syrian returnees.

• Outreach Volunteers provide a different form of humanitarian assistance to IDPs

• 300 IDPs especially women and girls will benefit from a new community-based initiative in Tartous

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Echoes From Syria Issue 2 - July 2014 [EN/AR]

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Families are frequently torn apart as a result of forced displacement pushing them to flee their homes on short notice which affects the most vulnerable family members including children who could become separated or unaccompanied.

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Syria: Emergency Shelter and NFI Sector Factsheet - Issue 1, July 2014

Highlights

◊ Shelter

• 37,000 individuals have benefitted from the shelter response. This represents only a fraction of the target which is 258,000 beneficiaries.

• The sector has developed and endorsed guidelines and standard requirements for collective shelter rehabilitation and private shelter upgrade and is working on development of alternative shelter response options.

◊ NFI

• Since the beginning of the year, 2,4689,593 beneficiaries have been supported with a total of 10,268,599 NFIs (20 items per family in average).

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Malnutrition Hits Syrians Hard as UN Authorises Cross-Border Access

By Shelly Kittleson

BEIRUT, Jul 19 2014 (IPS) - Gaunt, haggard Syrian children begging and selling gum have become a fixture in streets of the Lebanese capital; having fled the ongoing conflict, they continue to be stalked by its effects.

Most who make it across the Syria-Lebanon border live in informal settlements in extremely poor hygienic conditions, which for many means diarrhoeal diseases, malnutrition, and – for the most vulnerable – sometimes death.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 16 July 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 600 families in Yarmouk today, 16 July, in addition to 20 baby hygiene kits, vitamin packs rehydration salts, lice/scabies treatments and a range of other food items. The UNRWA team also delivered three thousand doses of polio vaccine for use inside Yarmouk.

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Violence survivors seek support amid Syrian conflict

DAMASCUS, Syria – “All I know is that I need help,” said Amal,* a 46-year-old mother of five as she was admitted to the Al-Halbouni clinic in Damascus, Syria, for a medical consultation after she was severely beaten by her husband. “I do not know if I have any rights or even access to support of any kind… I have suffered enough. I feel lost, vulnerable and hopeless.”

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service 18 July 2014 - Syria

The town with a population of about 20,000 has essentially been under siege since August 2013. Approximately 9,200 children are in desperate need of medical hygiene and nutritious supplies.

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Jihadists kill 270 in Syrian gas field 'massacre': NGO

07/19/2014 01:00 GMT

BEIRUT, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters, civilian security guards and employees since seizing a gas field in Homs province, a monitoring group said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday's takeover of the Shaar field as "the biggest" anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS) since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last year.

The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of 115, said it had documented "the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed" since Thursday.

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U.A.E. grants dh 44 million for victims of Syrian Crisis

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, The Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (MICAD), Head of the National Committee for the Coordination of Foreign Aid, has said that the under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the U.A.E. has attained a reputable status as one of the world's largest donors of developmental assistance, especially in terms of its growing contributions and support for refugee crisis around the world, best demonstrated in the U.A.E.'s commitments towards brotherly Syrian refugees.