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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015


  • With USG assistance, relief organizations continue to respond to acute humanitarian needs in areas affected by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks in northern Syria and neighboring countries.

  • Although USAID/FFP has provided nearly $810 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) since the crisis in Syria began, the agency is facing significant funding shortfalls for operations in Syria and the region through the end of 2014.


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World + 12 others
Protection of Refugee Children: In the Middle East and North Africa

Refugee children in the region suffer immensely as a result of conflict and displacement. The number of refugees has doubled in the last four years and more than half are children.

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Turkey + 2 others
WFP mobilizes food for Syrians fleeing into Turkey and Iraq in spite of funding shortfalls

There is growing concern that the influx of new arrivals is further straining the agency’s ability to respond to more needs, with dwindling stocks and donations running out.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 1-15 October 2014


  • Donor generosity avoids October assistance cuts, though funding situation for November onwards remains critical

  • Opening of Nusaybin corridor enables delivery of food for 97,00 people in Al Hasakeh, the first delivery since May

  • Growing insecurity hamper deliveries to Syria’s northern governorates

  • WFP distributes e-cards to new beneficiaries in Lebanon’s Arsal region, despite continued insecurity

  • Vulnerability targeting for refugees in Jordanian communities begins

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Multi-Sector Initial Rapid Assessment: Kobani Crisis Response

Many displaced families have few possessions and means of support; as winter approaches shelter and non-food items are becoming increasingly urgent.

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.


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Turkey + 1 other
External update on influx of Syrian refugees, 21 October 2014

Operational Context

AFAD is planning for a new camp in Suruç for 30,000 Syrian refugees. UNHCR is in contact with AFAD top see how UNHCR can support in meeting the needs for the camp.
A significant challenge to the response to the recent refugee influx in Suruç is the high mobility of the population as well as the transitional nature of the current shelter arrangements. Some organizations are therefore considering designing mobile services:
DRC is planning for two mobile Child Friendly Spaces and IRC is also considering to offer mobile services.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 20 October 2014


  • The Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab (Kurdish: Kobane) has been under intense assault for several weeks. Government officials in Turkey report that more than 190,000 Syrians fleeing Kobane and surrounds have entered the country since 19 September.

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Iraq + 2 others
UNHCR Iraq Operational Update: Internally Displaced Persons (1 - 15 October 2014)


  • A fourth major wave of displacement in 2014 occurred in Anbar with an estimated 20,000 families displaced from the city of Heet due to conflict. UNHCR is sending core relief items to IDPs arriving in Baghdad and Karbala.

  • UNHCR launched its winterization activities with distributions reaching 6,800 people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). Insulation of tents and shelters is ongoing, with supplies being procured from local and international markets.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt


  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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WFP Syria crisis response impact of funding shortfalls, October 2014 [EN/AR]


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Turkey + 1 other
UN Humanitarian Chief calls for continued assistance and a political solution for Syria

During a visit to Turkey, Valerie Amos reminded the international community of the gravity of this humanitarian crisis and said that additional support is needed ahead of the long winter.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Situation update for Kobani, Aleppo Governorate, Syrian Arab Republic (17 October 2014)


This report provides an overview of the situation in the town of Kobani as of 15 October 2014, using high resolution imagery collected by the GeoEye-1 satellite. UNOSAT reviewed the town for indicators of damage and destruction and signs of ongoing fighting such as active fires, craters and fortifications. Imagery shows widespread damage along the city and numerous destroyed and severely damaged structures and craters caused by munitions impacts. Roadblocks were detected and vehicle traffic is almost entirely absent throughout the town.

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Iraq + 5 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Iraq Crisis (ECHO/-ME /BUD/2014/91000) Last update:07/10/2014 Version 5

AMOUNT: EUR 20 000 000


October 2014: modification n°4

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World + 31 others
IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

International Organization for Migration:

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In Syria and neighbouring countries “winter puts Syrian families at risk of disease and death”


People affected by the conflict have to survive the upcoming cold winter weather with meagre assistance, CARE supports with blankets, winter clothes and cash assistance.

Amman, Jordan (XX, 2014) - 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 in neighbouring countries.