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Syria air strikes kill 42, including 16 children: monitor

09/22/2014 06:56 GMT

BEIRUT, September 22, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian government air strikes killed at least 42 people, including 16 children, in Idlib province in the northwest, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

The air raids on Sunday afternoon and evening killed 19 people, including six children, outside the city of Saraqeb, and another 23 people, among them 10 children, in the town of Ehsim, the monitoring group said.

The province is largely under rebel control outside its capital, Idlib city.

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Thirteen Metric Tons of medical aid reaches Rural Daraa

On 13th of September, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams with a support from the world Health Organization (WHO) delivered 13 metric tons of life saving medical supplies including chronic diseases, antibiotics and children medications to Rural Daraa.

The SARC teams handed out these supplies to health care delegates of nine health centers in towns and villages in the western and north-western and north-eastern rural of Daraa: Busr al-Harir, Tafas, al-Harak, Nahta, Mliha, Jasem, Nemr, al-Hara and Nawa.

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Zarif: Iran welcomes any initiative to assist Iraqi, Syrian people

New York, Sept 22, IRNA – Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said here Sunday in a meeting with Head of Red Cross Wounded and Missing People Committee Peter Moore that Iran welcomes any initiative to assist the Iraqi and Syrian people in need.

Zarif in the meeting referred to the raised worries about the expansion of the criminal acts committed by the terrorists in the region, announcing Iran's readiness for increased cooperation with the International Red Cross Society (ICRC) aimed at assisting the Iraqi and Syrian nations.

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IS fighters close in on Syria border town as thousands flee

09/21/2014 22:35 GMT

by Philippe Alfroy

MURSITPINAR, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands of people fled in terror across the border into Turkey.

The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had streamed into Turkey since Friday, and solidarity demonstrations by Turkish Kurds on the border prompted clashes with security forces.

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About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey as Islamic State advances

  • Kurds fear Islamic State attack on Syrian town

  • IS fighters have swept over villages in northern Syria

  • Some 60,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey - deputy PM (Updates number of refugees, adds mayor, more vox pop)

By Daren Butler

SURUC, Turkey, Sept 20 (Reuters) - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey in the past 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants who have seized dozens of villages close to the border and are advancing on a Syrian town.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 18 September 2014

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

UNRWA distributed food parcels and bread to 337 families and provided medical treatment to 191 patients in Yarmouk today, 18 September. This is the first day of UNRWA distribution after four days without access between 14 and 17 September due to sporadic clashes in the surrounding areas.

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In presidential statement, Security Council condemns attacks against UN Golan force

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19 September 2014 – Condemning recent hostile acts against United Nations peacekeepers in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) area of operations, the Security Council today demanded that all groups other than UNDOF must abandon all Force positions and the Quneitra crossing point, and return the peacekeepers’ vehicles, weapons and other equipment.

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UN agencies ‘shocked and saddened’ by vaccination deaths in Syria

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19 September 2014 – Some 15 children died and 50 others were reportedly affected by a contaminated measles vaccination in Idlib, Syria, according to the United Nations.

“How this could have physically happened is unclear. It is not the first time, but is, nonetheless, the biggest tragic incident of that kind,” Christian Lindmeier, spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), told journalists in Geneva today.

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Ensuring quality education for young refugees from Syria : Mapping exercise on quality education for young refugees from Syria (12-25 years)

The Syrian crisis has uprooted the largest number of refugees in recent history. Half of the refugee population are children and young people forced to flee from home and rebuild their lives not knowing if or when return may be possible. It is clear that the initial emergency relief initiatives for Syria’s refugee crisis must now evolve to develop longer-term strategies. This mapping exercise focuses in on refugee youth education, a crucial yet often overlooked element in Syria’s humanitarian response. This report addresses the educational status of refugees from Syria aged 12-25 years.

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service, 19 Sep 2014 - Deaths of children in Syria (WHO)

Christian Lindmeier, for the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke about an incident during a recent measles vaccination campaign in Syria. WHO was still relying on second hand information on the ground, and trying to get a clarification. WHO had dispatched a team of three to get the information verified on the ground.

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Futures under threat: The impact of the education crisis on Syria’s children

From an almost 100 per cent enrollment rate, Syria has now descended to the second worst rate of school attendance in the world with 2.8 million children out of school.

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Funding shortfall forces WFP to announce cutbacks to Syrian food assistance operation

In Syria, the size of next month’s food ration will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut, the agency said.

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 2 - 5 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Syria: During the reporting period, IOM distributed non-food items to an estimated 2,959 vulnerable and displaced individuals hosted in El Ifraj camp and in Kafar Amim village in Idleb.

Iraq: Between 7 July and 2 September, 2,834 Syrian refugees received inter-camp transportation assistance from IOM.

Jordan: During the reporting period, IOM screened 267 Syrian refugees for Tuberculosis (TB) and identified four new TB cases.

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UNHCR Syria In Focus Fortnightly Update - Sep- Issue 14 of 2014 [EN/AR]

Highlights

  • Helps with back to school expenses
  • UNHCR registers over 4000 Yazidis
  • 11 million CRIs distributed
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Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, Northern Syria [EN/AR]

Amman/Cairo, 17 September 2014: UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children – all of whom were less than two years of age – occurred in districts where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.

Establishing the precise cause of the children’s deaths is vital. To this end, WHO has assigned a team of experts to provide assistance in investigating this event. WHO is also providing advice and protocols for the investigation of adverse events following immunization.

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MICAD and WFP sign three agreements - UAE supports the emergency humanitarian operations inside and outside Syria

Abu Dhabi, 17 September 2014: The UAE signed three agreements today with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP), in support of the WFP response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. According to the agreements the UAE will provide a total of AED 113 million (US$ 31 million) to WFP benefitting almost 880,000 people inside and outside Syria.

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Syria air strikes kill dozens in rebel town: monitor

09/17/2014 14:17 GMT

BEIRUT, September 17, 2014 (AFP) - Syrian air strikes on a besieged rebel town in the heart of the country have killed nearly 50 people in recent days, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

A rebel commander, seven women and a child were among 25 people killed in air strikes on Talbisseh in Homs province on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

A day earlier air strikes killed 23 people in the same town, which has been under siege by the army ever since rebels seized it two years ago.

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MICAD and UNOCHA sign agreement for relief efforts in Syria

The U.A.E. Ministry of International Cooperation and Development, MICAD, yesterday signed an agreement with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNOCHA, to coordinate humanitarian response activities inside Syria.

The agreement, which was signed by Hazza Mohammad Falah Al Qahtani, the Under-Secretary of MICAD, and Rashid Khalikov, Director of OCHA, Geneva, states that the U.A.E. will provide Dh3.7 million (US$1 million) to UNOCHA towards the cause.