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18 Apr 2015 description

For Immediate Release
April 17, 2015

New York, NY - Yesterday morning, the Syrian American Medical Society's medical coordinator in Idlib, Dr. Mohamed Tennari, and president, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, gave their first-hand and expert accounts of the recent Idlib chemical agent attacks in front of the UN Security Council at an Arria-formula meeting. They spoke alongside Qusai Zakarya, a human rights activist and survivor of the 2013 chemical weapons attack on Moadamiya. The Arria-formula meeting was hosted by U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power.

18 Apr 2015 description

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  • The humanitarian community remains extremely concerned about the protection of civilians given reports of intense fighting, shelling and aerial bombardment of Idleb city and surrounding areas. There are unconfirmed reports of 1,500 people injured in the past week.

17 Apr 2015 description

Washington, DC – Today, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) launches a new report entitled Slow Death: Life and Death in Syrian Communities under Siege. The report presents new estimates that suggest that the scale of the crisis of civilians under siege in Syria is more than three times higher than the current UN OCHA estimates, with over 640,200 Syrians currently living in at least 49 besieged communities across the country.

17 Apr 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 15:44 GMT

The Islamic State group is now issuing photo identity cards in Syria's Raqa province, but only to males, along with a range of administrative documents, a monitor and activists said Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had begun issuing "identity cards to those without proof of identity and boys over the age of 13 in Raqa province."

17 Apr 2015 description

March 2015 saw first documented attack on a hospital by coalition forces

Deliberate attacks on hospitals and health care professionals in Syria persist despite three United Nations resolutions aimed at protecting civilians and new hopes of relief following recent international pledges of aid to Syrians in need, according to an online map of attacks on health Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) updated today.

17 Apr 2015 description

Syria - Five years into the Syria crisis, millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) continue to face many challenges. Among the most dangerous in the many of overcrowded places sheltering IDPs, is access to safe water. For people living in al Kisweh, one of the largest cities in Rural Damascus, 16 km outside the city of Damascus, water scarcity profoundly affects families’ and communities’ daily life.

17 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. The UNRWA responsein surrounding areas continued today, 16 April 2015, with a fourth mission to Yalda, an area to the east of Yarmouk hosting dispalced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

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16 Apr 2015 description
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SNAP Estimated Areas of Control Map

March 2015
This map is intended to provide humanitarian actors with a regularly-updated picture of which groups control territory in Syria, in order to facilitate an estimation of the obstacles that may be faced in program operations. Due to the limitations of available data, it is not comprehensive, and should be used to complement, not replace, information from the field.

16 Apr 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 21:45 GMT

by Carole LANDRY

The UN Security Council on Thursday heard graphic first-hand accounts from Syrian doctors of deadly chemical weapons attacks in their country, vowing it will take action against those responsible.

US Ambassador Samantha Power, who said many council members were reduced to tears, told reporters following the closed-door meeting that the Security Council will now seek to identify those behind the attacks and ensure they face justice.

16 Apr 2015 description

Over the past three days, UNRWA has completed three successful missions to Yalda, an area adjacent to Yarmouk, which is hosting a large number of displaced civilians.

UNRWA delivered essential humanitarian materials, including food , water purification treatments, mattresses, blankets, family kitchen sets and hygiene kits. UNRWA has treated 304 patients in Yalda so far after establishing a mobile health point. This live-saving assistance was provided to families affected by the recent eruption of violence in Yarmouk, Palestinians and Syrians alike.

16 Apr 2015 description

Author: Ahmad al-Salim | Location: Idlib

Humanitarian organisations are delivering urgent aid programmes to help needy Syrians affected by a particularly harsh winter.

Aid convoys aimed at helping tens of thousands of people have been dispatched by the Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), a Qatari charity, and the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation.

16 Apr 2015 description

Beirut, Lebanon | 08:24 GMT

The conflict in Syria has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago with an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a key monitoring group said Thursday.

"We have counted 222,271 deaths since the start of the revolt in March 2011," the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.

Based in Britain, the Observatory uses a broad network of sources on the ground in Syria to gather information about the conflict.

16 Apr 2015 description

By UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl

It is the individual lives at the heart of the Yarmouk story that make the imperative for humanitarian action so compelling. I encountered two such individuals on my mission to Damascus – Jihad and Mohammad -- tiny vulnerable infants who left Yarmouk in recent days, a place that was described last week by the Secretary-General as one of the “lower circles of hell”. The fact that they are alive truly make them miracle children.

15 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 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.