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Voices in crisis: A monthly insight into the human rights crisis in Syria: August 2014

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Amnesty

Arabic name of Ayn al-Arab) in Aleppo province has been besieged by the Islamic State armed group (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)) since July 2013 following clashes with the Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG), the armed group linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), who took control of Kobani and the surrounding area in July 2012 in the context of the armed conflict taking place in Syria. Militants from IS currently surround the city and its inhabitants. There are estimated to be up to 200,000 people trapped inside Kobani.

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Turkey + 1 other
Wounded Palestinians to Receive Treatment in Turkey

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (AFAD), in cooperation with the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), the Turkish Red Crescent and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has transfrred 23 wounded Palestinians to Turkey for treatment.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 10 - 16 August 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis (“Level 3”) in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcibly displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).

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IOM Regional Response to the Syria Humanitarian Crisis, 5 - 18 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria: On 13 August, IOM completed shelter repair and rehabilitation works in four collective shelters in Sa’sa’, a cross line area in Rural Damascus.

  • Iraq: IOM began vocational training for 20 Syrian refugees living in Qushtabah camp in Erbil.

  • Jordan: From 5 to 18 August, 1,912 Syrian refugees were transported from the Rabaa’ al Sarhan Screening Centre to Azraq and Za’atri camps.

International Organization for Migration:

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WHO Response to the Syrian Crisis - Regional SitRep, July 2014

Highlights

United Nations security council resolution 2165 Allows WHO and UN agencies to deliver Humanitarian Assistance to previously unreached in Syria through Cross border activities.

Heightened risk of epidemic-prone diarrhea diseases during the summer months across the subregion.

WHO and UNICEF in Syria urge all parties to the Syrian conflict not to deny vulnerable populations access to safe drinking water.

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Syria Crisis: IOM Regional Response - Transport Assistance for Refugees and Stranded Migrants (from January 2013 to 18 August 2014)

Lebanon - Emergency evacuation and repatriation of 1,401 extremely vulnerable migrant workers since January 2013 from Syria

IOM assists stranded migrants to leave Syria and to transit through Lebanon in order to fly home from Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut. A land-bridge was set up between Damascus and Beirut in February 2013 after frequent insecurity prevented convoys to reach Damascus international airport.

International Organization for Migration:

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Iraq + 2 others
Displacement from Sinjar, 3-14 August

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REACH

OVERVIEW

On 3 August 2014, the arrival of Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) caused up to 200,000 people to be displaced from their homes in Sinjar City and the surrounding towns and villages. Predominantly home to Yazidi communities, the area was also hosting Shia Turkmen who had previously fled to Sinjar when AOGs took over towns and villages in and around Tal Afar. Turkmen Shia communities that remained in Sinjar on 3 August experienced secondary displacement.

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Syria crisis Humanitarian Bulletin Highlights of response: June - July 2014

Now, in the fourth year of the conflict, there are 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region. The number of refugees continues to increase and camps and informal settlements are growing, some into sizeable cities. The highest number of Syrian refugees are in Lebanon, followed by Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt; 75 per cent are women and children and 25 per cent are women and girls of reproductive age.

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Turkey + 1 other
UNICEF Praises AFAD's Humanitarian Efforts, Launches Turkey Office

ISTANBUL - Chief executives of the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, have met in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday for a general review of the organization's global activities and to discuss future plans. The senior delegation included three of UNICEF's four deputy executive directors, Yoka Brandt, Martin Mohwanja and Omar Abdi, in addition to five out of seven regional and program directors and 20 mid-level executives from across the globe.

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Iraq + 2 others
Iraq IDP Crisis Overview, 3-18 August 2014

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REACH

CONTEXT

Before the start of 2014, Iraq already had one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world, at up to an estimated 1.3 million. Around half of these had been displaced by sectarian violence since 2006. In addition, Iraq is hosting around 215,000 Syrian refugees, and many more unregistered, over 95% of these in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

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World + 10 others
Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Turkey + 1 other
GIEWS Country Brief: Turkey 18-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average cereal harvest gathered in 2014
  • Cereal imports expected to increase, exports to decline in 2014/15
  • Aggregate food price index declined recently but remains high
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Iraq + 4 others
UNHCR in major air, land and sea humanitarian aid push into northern Iraq

The major focus is on improving living conditions for IDPs, particularly people without shelter or housing. People are struggling to find food and water and gaining access to primary medical care.

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Turkey + 1 other
UNHCR Turkey Syrian Refugee Daily Sitrep 13 August 2014

Highlights

● On 12 August 2014, AFAD - the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency of Government of Turkey - announced that the total number of Syrians registered and assisted in 22 camps located in 10 provinces was 217,259 AFAD reported that during the period of 11-12 August 2014, a total of 47 Syrians were admitted and registered in the camps and 418 Syrians have voluntarily returned to Syria.

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Turkey + 1 other
Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey

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IRIN

SILOPI, TURKEY, 18 August 2014 (IRIN) - As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety.

“But the voice that answered spoke in Arabic,” the 41-year-old, said, confirming his worst fears that his relatives had been abducted by members of the Islamic State (IS), a jihadist movement formerly known as ISIS. He speaks Kurmanji, language of Iraqi Kurds including the Yezidis.

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