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06 Mar 2015 description

United Nations, United States | | Friday 3/6/2015 - 18:46 GMT

The UN Security Council on Friday adopted a US-drafted resolution condemning the use of chlorine in Syria and threatening measures if chemicals are used in future attacks.

The resolution was approved by 14 of the 15 council members including Russia, Syria's ally, but Venezuela abstained.

"Today this council makes crystal clear that the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon is no less an evil than the use of any other chemical as a weapon," US Ambassador Samantha Power told the council.

06 Mar 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage and destruction per neighborhood in the city of Kobane, Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Using satellite imagery acquired 22 January 2015 compared with imagery from 6 September 2014, UNITAR / UNOSAT identified a total of 2,730 affected structures by 22 January 2015 within the neighborhoods. Approximately 961 of these were destroyed, 969 severely damaged, and 800 moderately damaged. A total of 246 impact craters were also identified within the city of Kobane. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field.

06 Mar 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected damage and destruction in a portion of the city of Kobane, Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Using satellite imagery acquired 22 January 2015, 6 December 2014, and 6 September 2014, UNITAR / UNOSAT identified a total of 3,247 affected structures by 22 January 2015 within the area analyzed. Approximately 1,206 of these were destroyed, 1,169 severely damaged, and 872 moderately damaged. A total of 979 impact craters were also identified within Kobane and its immediate surroundings. The inset images show craters likely caused by air strikes.

06 Mar 2015 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates security analysis at the Yarmouk and Falesteen Palestinian Refugee Camps, in Damascus, Syria. Imagery from 3 November 2014 showed 21 possible roadblocks and 2 possible checkpoints in strategic locations around the camps. As of 10 January 2015 the situation remains the same and 22 possible roadblocks and 2 possible checkpoints are detected in the imagery. All visible roadblocks and checkpoints remain operational, indicative that the area is under control and access is restricted in and out of the camp area.

06 Mar 2015 description

As the world marks International Women’s Day this Sunday, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement calls for greater efforts to protect and support women and girls, who are exposed to multiple forms of violence due to the conflict in Syria and who badly need access to critical healthcare services. Women are playing a vital role in helping families and communities survive this enduring trauma, now entering its fifth year, and they deserve far greater support and encouragement.

06 Mar 2015 description

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels and jars of jam to 339 families in Yarmouk today, 5 March. This was the first food distribution since 6 December, 2014.

06 Mar 2015 description

One million people injured, generations of Syrians sacrificed in the war.

Tens of thousands of victims of the Syrian conflict need orthopaedic fitting, a prosthesis or orthosis, and rehabilitation care.

Handicap International, which is already working in 4 countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria) to provide orthopaedic fitting and equipment and to care for the injured highlights the urgent need for immediate care to avoid permanent disabilities.

06 Mar 2015 description

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent launched the “Hygiene Promotion” campaign in Al-Qamishli city on Feb 26th 2015. The campaign, which comes under a mutual collaboration with the UNICEF, is planned to go all over the country.

The SARC’s hygiene teams started the campaign in Manahel Al-Birr School in Al-Qamishli with beneficiaries of 650 child.

The teams carried out educational and entertaining activities that include issues of hand washing and the way to avoid lice infection. The activities contained story narrations, play shows and distribution of soap and lice shampoo kits.

05 Mar 2015 description

By Emily Loewen

March 5, 2015

MUTTENZ, Switzerland – There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church in Muttenz, Switzerland. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and colors is a bit boring. In Syria, where Ibrahim is from, people like brighter shades, and more of them.

“She tells us we’re doing the colors all wrong,” said Margrit Amstutz with a laugh. Amstutz is in the same quilting group.

05 Mar 2015 description

3/5/2015 - 22:43 GMT

by Layal Abou Rahal

Heavy fighting shook the Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday as the exiled opposition chief said for the first time that President Bashar al-Assad's ouster need not be a pre-condition for peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said meanwhile that "military pressure" may be needed to oust Assad, as Moscow announced it would host a fresh round of peace talks next month.

05 Mar 2015 description

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

"UNRWA was not able to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 3 March.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Josh Butler

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 4 2015 (IPS) - Syrian citizens “have no faith” in the international community to solve the chaos and war raging across their country, according to a prominent human rights defender.

Yara Bader, Managing Director of the Syrian Center For Media and Freedom of Expression, made the claim at United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, at a panel discussion on arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance in Syria, co-sponsored by Amnesty International and the German Mission to the United Nations.

04 Mar 2015 description

In February 2015, Yarmouk and its surrounding areas continue to experience high levels of armed violence, which prevented distribution of humanitarian assistance by UNRWA. The Agency has not been able to complete a successful distribution since 6 December 2014. In addition, UNRWA has been unable to operate its temporary health point or provide residents with clean water and basic non-food items. The Agency continues to advocate for full, safe and uninterrupted access to Yarmouk and other areas that remain hard to reach or fully inaccessible.

04 Mar 2015 description

Student's lawbooks nearly get him into big trouble at militant checkpoint near Raqqa.

Before his bus left the city of al-Hasakah for Raqqa on last July, Mohammed asked his sister to hide his student ID card. He was worried it could get him in trouble and that he would be arrested or flogged by Islamic State (IS) militants.

His ID showed he was studying law, a discipline forbidden by IS. Under the strict rules imposed by IS, law schools are considered institutions of “kufr” (unbelief) and “shirk” (polytheism). Students of law are thus at huge risk.

04 Mar 2015 description

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  • Average monthly prices of wheat flour and rice significantly increased (197 % for wheat flour and 403 % for rice) since 2011. Between July 2014 and January 2015, the average retail prices of bread rose by approximately 55 %, reaching their highest levels.

04 Mar 2015 description

As the crisis in Syria is about to enter its fifth year, humanitarian needs have increased dramatically with 12.2 million people now in need of humanitarian assistance, including 7.6 million internally displaced people. The volatile security situation, including attacks on UN staff and property, limited access to affected populations in hard-to-reach areas, declining funding levels and huge population displacement have made operating in Syria extremely difficult and challenging.

04 Mar 2015 description

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$15.39 million from the Government of Japan towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting more than 6 million conflict-affected Syrians both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries.