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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 14 - 27 October 2014


Syria: IOM provided emergency Non-Food items (NFIs) for 20,170 displaced and affected individuals in cross-line and hard-to-reach areas in Al-Hassakeh and Homs governorates.

Iraq: 6,842 Syrian refugees were transported during this period: 1,478 individuals were transported from Ibrahim al-Khalil border to Arabat Camp in Sulaymaniyah, and 5,364 individuals were transported to five different camps in Erbil.

Jordan: IOM has transported 452,350 Syrian refugees from border areas to camps since transport operations began in July 2012.

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Amid Unrelenting Violence, Syria’s Warring Parties Must Increase Aid Agencies’ Access into Hard-to-Reach Areas, Top Relief Official Tells Security Council

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The United Nations and its partners continued to deliver life-saving assistance to millions of people in Syria, but much more must be done by the parties to the conflict to ensure rapid, unhindered access to the hardest-to-reach areas, a senior United Nations relief official told the Security Council today.

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Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang Statement to the Security Council on Syria, New York, 30 October 2014

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In addition to insecurity, the parties to the conflict continue to place other obstacles in the way of delivering assistance. A lack of funding was also listed a major obstacle to reaching people in need.

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Jordan + 3 others
In Syria and neighbouring countries, refugee families lack protection against winter weather


Amman, Jordan - As another harsh winter season approaches in the Middle East, CARE International calls for the immediate release of further funding to support millions of people caught up in the conflict in Syria and neighbouring countries.

“The current funding gap puts millions at risk of disease and death,” says Holly Solberg, regional director for CARE’s Syria response.

To date, only half of the UN funding appeals to support Syrians in need are financed. CARE’s own appeal remains 75 per cent below target.

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Turkey + 1 other
Syria operations from Turkey, Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 05 | 04 – 24 Oct 2014 [EN/AR]



  • The Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, visits Turkey

  • Over 200,000 flee to Turkey due to ISIL advances in Ayn al-Arab

  • Impact of coalition airstrikes remains difficult to assess

  • 300,000 to 360,000 people at risk of being cut-off due to fighting in eastern Aleppo

  • During the reporting period, UN cross-border shipments following the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2165 reach 70,500 individuals in Aleppo, Idleb and Hama Governorates

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Massive scale-up of assistance needed for countries impacted by ongoing Syria crisis - UN relief official

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Rising numbers of displaced persons, increasing pressure on refugee hosting countries and dwindling international support left the UN “racing against the clock” to meet the needs on the ground.

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Iraq + 2 others
On the Road: One family's exhausting journey from Kobani to northern Iraq

QUSHTAPA REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, October 29 (UNHCR) – Tarifa shepherds her hungry and tired family after they arrive by minibus at this refugee camp in northern Iraq more than two weeks after fleeing their home in the Syrian city of Kobani.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 27 October 2014

Insecurity and violence continue to cause displacement within Syria and across the region. More than 90,000 Syrians have being registered on average each month in neighboring countries.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing

BADIL publishes a summary of a Boston University Report on Protecting Syrian Refugees: Laws, Policies, and Global Responsibility Sharing

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U.S. Pledges $10 Million to UNDP’s Syrian Refugee Programme

Berlin, Germany– The United States has pledged $10 million to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) project supporting Syrian refugees who have fled to host communities in neighboring countries. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard announced the pledge at the “Conference on Syrian Refugee Situation – supporting stability in the region” hosted today in Berlin, Germany.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Berlin Communiqué of the "Conference on the Syrian Refugee Situation – Supporting Stability in the Region" on 28 October, 2014

Solidarity with Refugees and their Hosts

Distressed by the terrible suffering of the people in Syria, which has forced almost half of the population to leave their homes, with over three million refugees having fled across the border, the majority being women and children.