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09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC (from all channels)

308,911 reproductive health services delivered to Syrians
7,222 deliveries supported
63,983 gender-based violence related services provided toSyrians
50,817 Syrians benefited from reproductive health and gender based violence related messages

IN NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AFFECTED BY THE CRISIS

09 Feb 2016 description

Turkey - This weekend (5-7/2) a third flight carrying nearly 300 Syrian refugees left Turkey for Canada. IOM Turkey, in collaboration with the Canadian and Turkish governments, has now facilitated the movement of just over 900 Syrians from Turkey, as part of Canada’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrians from the region.

09 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 08:21 GMT |

by Layal Abou Rahal

Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

In and around the border town of Azaz, families are sleeping in the streets, or up to 20 people to a tent, having left their homes with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Jamie Dettmer

ONCUPINAR, TURKEY— More than 25,000 Syrian civilians have become the unwitting victims of a standoff between Turkey and Western relief agencies.

The Turkish government refuses to admit the refugees, the first in a wave of civilians fleeing an offensive by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the northern Aleppo countryside. Turkish officials say their country has reached the limit on the number of Syrian refugees it can admit.

A delegation of EU lawmakers was told Monday that the border will remain closed.

09 Feb 2016 description
report ShelterBox

UK agency ShelterBox is on the Turkey / Syria border responding to a humanitarian stand-off. Up to 70,000 Syrians have fled increased violence around Aleppo trying to enter Turkey's Kilis region, only to find the border closed despite EU appeals to let them cross.

Disaster relief shelter experts ShelterBox now has a team on the ground at the Turkey / Syria border discussing with partners how best to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis triggered by increased Russian air strikes and Syrian army gains around Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is providing emergency aid to tens of thousands of displaced people, who fled the escalating government assault on Aleppo.

Islamic Relief is providing emergency aid to tens of thousands of displaced people, who fled the escalating government assault on Aleppo, at the weekend, and is preparing to respond to a potential humanitarian catastrophe, if supplies are cut to the 300,000 people living in the opposition controlled areas of Aleppo city.

09 Feb 2016 description

More than 25,000 Syrians have been fleeing Aleppo the last days. Some of them are stranded at the Turkey border. While some aid is provided in the other side of the border, the Danish Refugee Council is standby and ready to support and assist new comers in Turkey.

09 Feb 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures: During the week of 1-7 February, the lowest rate of arrivals to the Greek Islands in 2016 was recorded.

Situation at Borders: In Greece, road blockages caused by public peaceful protests prevented people from traveling to the border crossing between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

09 Feb 2016 description

Highlights

  • Intensified fighting between the Government of Syria (GoS) and its allies and Non-State Armed Opposition Groups (NSAG) in Aleppo governorate cause displacements of tens of thousands of people

  • Humanitarian assistance affected by fighting and border closures; aid organisations are working to respond to the thousands of internally displaced and in need. According to initial assessments up to 80 percent of the displaced are women and children

08 Feb 2016 description
report IRIN

By Shira Rubin

ISTANBUL, 8 February 2016 (IRIN) - In the main square of Aksaray, a neighbourhood in Istanbul densely populated by refugees, Haroun Yamani tries to placate potential clients who are seeking a future in Europe but are anxious about the treacherous boat journey that will take them there.

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08 Feb 2016 description

In this issue
- Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance P. 1
- Cluster Response Progression P. 2
- Cluster Response Overview P. 2
- Humanitarian Pooled Fund P. 7

Cross-border Humanitarian Assistance Overview

08 Feb 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 18:29 GMT |

by Rouba El Husseini with Fulya Ozerkan in Oncupinar

Beleaguered rebels in northern Syria faced double defeat on Monday by both the Russian-backed regime and advancing Kurdish militia, as tens of thousands of displaced amassed on the Turkish border.

The worsening refugee crisis has pushed Germany and Turkey to ask NATO for help policing Turkey's shores, after two dozen more migrants drowned there en route to Greece.

08 Feb 2016 description

In preparation for the London Conference for Syria and the Region on 4 February, the Malala Fund commissioned Development Initiatives to undertake analysis on the current levels of humanitarian financing directed towards education for the Syrian emergency.

This briefing paper, Humanitarian assistance to education for the Syria emergency, presents an analysis of humanitarian funding to the Syria emergency, with a focus on the education sector.

08 Feb 2016 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 16:34 GMT

Twenty-seven people including 11 children drowned on Monday after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.

The coastguard said it discovered the boat -- carrying 40 people -- half capsized after it set off from Edremit in the western province of Balikesir in an apparent bid to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

08 Feb 2016 description

Oncupinar, Turkey | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 20:15 GMT by Fulya OZERKAN

While tens of thousands of people fleeing fierce fighting the Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria huddled in makeshift camps and hoped to get across the border into Turkey, just a handful were lucky enough to make the crossing.

One of them was 15-year-old Mohammad Rahma, who lost his eyesight in a Russian air strike about a month ago. He was allowed passage for essential medical checks on his eyes, which were still covered by a fresh white bandage.