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01 Sep 2015 description

Information Bulletin
This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Turkish Red Crescent Society responded to the emergency using its own capacity and determined that international assistance was not required during the initial response. Hence, no funding or other assistance from partners have been provided at this point in time.

31 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

LESVOS, 31 August 2015 (IRIN) - Two seasonal migrations are taking place in Greece’s eastern Aegean islands. One is welcomed as the lifeblood of the local economy. The other is part of an escalating humanitarian crisis on Europe’s eastern flank.

Air terminals and ferry ports are packed with holidaymakers wearing minimal clothing in the sweltering heat.

At the same time, every day, hundreds – sometimes thousands – of people land on Lesvos’ northern beaches wearing all they possess in the world.

31 Aug 2015 description

Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Monday 8/31/2015 - 03:06 GMT

by Csaba Segesvari and Serene Assir in Presevo reception camp, Serbia

European Union leaders on Sunday called for action to defend the "dignity" of migrants ahead of fresh emergency talks, as tensions flared on the bloc's eastern borders over the escalating crisis.

Home affairs ministers will meet on September 14 in Brussels to try and "strengthen the European response" to the influx, said Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency.

31 Aug 2015 description

GENÈVE, 26 aout (HCR) – Le chef du HCR, António Guterres, a réitéré mercredi la nécessité de protéger les réfugiés fuyant vers l'Europe en les protégeant contre les passeurs et en créant un système efficace pour leur permettre de demander l'asile en toute légalité.

30 Aug 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Sunday 8/30/2015 - 17:11 GMT |

Three policemen, a 12-year-old boy and three Kurdish rebels died Sunday in continuing violence in Turkey's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, a local security source said.

Two policemen were shot dead by gunmen in the centre of the provincial capital Diyarbakir while a third was killed in Silopi in the neighbouring Sirnak province.

30 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

DIYARBAKIR, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A child and a police officer were killed in two separate attacks in Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey on Sunday following the breakdown of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish militants, security sources said.

Read the full story on AlertNet

28 Aug 2015 description

BEIRUT, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 8/28/2015 - 15:47 GMT

Syria's four-and-a-half year conflict has driven half of the country's people to flee their homes, with the number of those who have left the country approaching 20 percent of the pre-war population.

At least 7.6 million people are displaced within Syria, which counted 23 million inhabitants at the start of the civil war.

More than four million have become refugees.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • As the influx of refugees and migrants via Turkey and Greece continues at a rate of over 1 000 daily arrivals, ECHO has allocated €1.5 million in humanitarian funding to alleviate the plight of refugees and to respond to their basic protection needs while in transit through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia. The adoption of strict controls at the Hungarian/Serbian border is likely to result in prolonged periods of stay in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

28 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights   

• Across the region, with the start of the school year approaching, UNICEF and partners are gearing up to support learning opportunities.

• In Syria, UNICEF is preparing for the launch of the Back to Learning (BTL) initiative 2015/2016. The BTL initiative aims to reach over 1 million children with education supplies and approximately 5.5 million community members with education messages via media campaign. Unique to this year’s campaign is the launching of the self-learning programme, which targets 315,000 out-of-school children this year.

27 Aug 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 27 August 2015

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.

The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.

This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

27 Aug 2015 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Thursday 8/27/2015 - 15:29 GMT

Three people, including a child, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey's restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Thursday, officials said.

Fighting erupted in the Cizre district of Sirnak province when Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels attacked a military outpost with rocket launchers, a security source told AFP.

27 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency head António Guterres on Wednesday reiterated the need to protect refugees fleeing to Europe by ensuring they are protected from human traffickers and that a properly functioning system is created to allow them to apply for asylum legally.

At a joint press conference with French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in Geneva, he said such a system would help replace the currently "dysfunctional" approach within the European Union to the handling of the influx of refugees to Europe.

26 Aug 2015 description

GENEVA, Aug 26 (UNHCR) – To help prevent more people from Syria fleeing into Europe, the UN refugee agency has repeated calls to increase and improve essential support in the countries of first asylum, such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey which are now home to more than four million refugees.

However, UNHCR noted that despite the urgent need for funds the Syria situation Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) remained under-funded, with just 33 per cent of the target figure currently met.

26 Aug 2015 description
  • Heavy rainfall and consequent floods and landslides affected the north-easternmost province of Turkey, Artvin, over the past couple of days. In the city of Hopa, 265 mm of rain were measured in 24 h, over 23-24 August.

  • As of 25 August, the districts of Hopa and Artvin were the ones worst affected, with eight people killed and one missing, according to local authorities quoted in media.

  • Over the next 24 h, moderate rainfall may fall in north-eastern Turkey, including in the province of Artvin, according to NOAA.

26 Aug 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 août 2015 – Suite au chaos de ce weekend, où des milliers de migrants bloqués depuis plusieurs jours à la frontière entre la Grèce et l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine ont tenté de forcer le passage pour atteindre l'Europe occidentale, un expert des droits de l'homme de l'ONU a appelé mardi la région à redéfinir intégralement sa politique migratoire.

25 Aug 2015 description

In Serbia, UNHCR and the Serb authorities are working to respond to the humanitarian needs of the more than 10,000 refugees and others who have now arrived there in the wake of the dramatic scenes of the last few days at the Greek border with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

At the Greece-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border, people have been continuing to cross in groups of up to 300-400 and then travelling onwards by train or bus to Serbia. Currently, we anticipate these arrivals continuing over the next few days at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day.