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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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UNRWA and WFP partner to secure food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon

UNRWA and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support cash for food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon.

The signing ceremony was hosted by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in his office in Baabda, and attended by ambassadors and heads of United Nations agencies in Lebanon.

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Evidence of Islamic State Cluster Munition Use

Continued Government Use as Well

(Beirut) – Credible evidence has emerged that Islamic State forces used ground-fired cluster munitions in at least one location in northern Syria in recent weeks. The use of cluster munitions by non-state actors such as the Islamic State shows the urgent need for Syria and all nations that have not yet done so to join the ban on cluster munitions and destroy their stockpiles.

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Syrian Arab Republic: Nutrition assistance (1 Jan - 31 Jul 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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42 children killed in string of Syria attacks: NGO

08/31/2014 16:39 GMT

BEIRUT, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - At least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.

The Britain-based Observatory said 25 children had been killed between midnight on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, with 17 more killed between Friday and Saturday night.

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An Overview of Qatar Charity's $39 Million Emergency Assistance for Syrians

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Qatar Charity

As the summer fades and another winter approaches, Qatar Charity sadly prepares for yet another winterization program for internally displaced and refugee Syrians. Looking back over the past years' efforts, Qatar Charity has carried out more than QAR 142 million (USD 39 million) worth of emergency and relief projects for Syrians in the fields of food security and nutrition, health, shelter and education.

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Water provision leads to better humanitarian access in Syria’s most isolated communities

By Viviane Tou'meh, SARC

Ahmad Mayen al-Ali is a civil engineer specialising in water provision for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent

I started my work at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in 2005. I was working with other SARC volunteers, receiving and registering Iraqi refugees and distributing relief items to them.

In 2006, thousands of Lebanese nationals came to Syria as a result of the war. We responded to their needs by providing a range of services such as food parcels, first aid, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, as well as hygiene promotion services.

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SARC distributing bread to temporary shelters

With the inability of some families who are staying inside temporary shelters to secure bread. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent with the support of United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),

and in coordination with authorities responsible inside temporary shelters started distributing bread since the beginning of August through its volunteers teams who took the lead of this process via contracting with bakeries and supervising bread production and the distribution process.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 30 August 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 350 families and continued to provide health assistance in Yarmouk, 30 August. This is the fourth consecutive day of operation following a one-day break on 26 August, after clashes and mortar impacts affected the distribution area on 25 August.

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Trapped Filipino peacekeepers relocated to safe area in the Golan – UN

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UN News Service

31 August 2014 – The United Nations said on Sunday that all 72 Filipino peacekeepers formerly surrounded by armed elements in two different locations in the Golan are now safe.

Meanwhile, the world body continues to seek the immediate and unconditional release of the 44 Fijian peacekeepers detained last Thursday by armed elements, the UN said in a note issued to the press.

Currently, no additional information on their status or location has been established.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 28 August 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed food and provided health assistance to 350 families in Yarmouk today, 28 August. This is the second consecutive day of operation following a one-day break on 26 August, after clashes and mortar impacts affected the distribution area on 25 August.

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3 million refugees and no end in sight

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Tearfund

Life in Syria is so bad that around three million people have had to leave. According to the latest UN reports, the number of people leaving the country to seek refuge is likely to reach three million today (Friday 29 August).

Most of these people are living in neighbouring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan where Tearfund and other agencies are helping them.

The conflict in Syria began more than three years ago in March 2011. Since then nearly 200,000 people have died in the fighting, according to some estimates. More than 6 million people are homeless.

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Syrian Refugee Stories: A Life in Limbo # 3

The 3rd episode of “A Life in Limbo” series of stories that follows the lives of two Syrian refugee families, one living in Zaatari camp and the other in a Jordanian host community, presents 14 year old Fatima, the eldest daughter of the Youssef family, living in Zaatari camp.

This week we return to the Youssef family in Zaatari camp to find out what life is like for Dima’s eldest child, 14-year-old Fatima.

Being 14 in a dusty desert refugee camp

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UN in talks to win release of peacekeepers in Syria

08/29/2014 17:16 GMT

UNITED NATIONS, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - UN officials were locked in negotiations on Friday to win the release of 44 peacekeepers held by Syrian rebels who also besieged 72 other blue helmets in the Golan Heights.

Syrian armed fighters, including some linked to the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, stormed a Golan Heights crossing on Wednesday, taking 44 troops from Fiji.

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Rebel-held district of Syrian capital under heavy fire

08/29/2014 15:09 GMT

DAMASCUS, August 29, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian government forces on Friday bombarded the Jubar eastern district of Damascus in a fierce offensive aimed at wresting control of the key sector back from rebels, multiple reports said.

Jubar has been in insurgent hands for a year, and is strategic because it provides a gateway to the centre of the capital.

It is also opens onto the Eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold in Damascus province.

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One fifth of the world's displaced are Syrians

According to the UN, the number of registered Syrian refugees has now passed 3 million people, while 6.5 million are internally displaced in Syria. This means that close to one fifth of the world's 50 million displaced are from Syria. Although the world is witnessing a historic number of serious crises it remains important to keep focusing on the dire humanitarian situation in and around Syria.

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Needs soar as number of Syrian refugees tops 3 million

UNHCR said most of the refugees remain in countries neighbouring Syria, with the highest concentrations in Lebanon (1.14 million), Jordan (608,000) and Turkey (815,000).

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Syria’s forgotten crisis: Enforced disappearances rife amid UN inaction

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Amnesty

Enforced disappearances in Syria are continuing more than half a year after the UN demanded that Syria put an end to this abhorrent practice, Amnesty International said ahead of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on 30 August.

“People in Syria are hauled off into the abyss of secret detention on a regular basis, providing clear evidence of the authorities’ systematic use of enforced disappearance as a tool to crush dissent,” said Philip Luther, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

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Golan Heights: Security Council deplores detention of UN peacekeepers by armed group

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UN News Service

28 August 2014 – The Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan Heights amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, and demanded their unconditional and immediate release.

The 43 Fijian peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) were detained by an armed group in the vicinity of Al Qunaytirah, according to the world body.

Another 81 peacekeepers are currently being restricted to their positions in the vicinity of Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah.

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OPCW: All Category 1 Chemicals Declared by Syria Now Destroyed

The OPCW Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, reported to the Executive Council today that 100% of all Category 1 chemicals declared by the Syrian Arab Republic, totalling approximately 1,040 tonnes, have now been verified as destroyed. This includes 133 tonnes of Isopropanol previously destroyed on-site in Syria.