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28 May 2016 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Saturday 5/28/2016 - 11:51 GMT

Two rockets fired Saturday from inside Syria landed near the international airport of Gaziantep, a major Turkish border city, although nobody was hurt, the Turkish news agency Dogan reported.

One of the projectiles landed in a residential complex for employees of Oguzeli airport, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) outside the city and another came down in scrubland, according to Dogan.

28 May 2016 description

Summary

  • An estimated 13,500 people have reportedly been encircled by fighting around Mare’a city following advancements made by ISIL into NSAG held territories in the early hours of the morning of 27 May.

28 May 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12380
7701st Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Syria’s Permanent Representative Accuses Turkey, Saudi Arabia of Using Aid Convoys in Channelling Weapons to Foreign Fighters

There was an urgent need for political action to bolster the ceasefire and end the suffering in Syria, but humanitarian access to the millions of people in need must never be open to negotiation, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator emphasized as he briefed the Security Council today.

27 May 2016 description

CONTEXT

In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Gerry Simpson

There are two walls on the Turkey-Syria border.

One is manned by Turkish border guards enforcing Turkey’s 15 month-old border closure who according to witnesses have at times shot at and assaulted Syrian asylum seekers as they try to reach safety in Turkey - abuses strongly denied by the Turkish government.

27 May 2016 description

CONTEXT

In the month of March 2016, 27,000 people made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first three months of the year to 151,400. In 2015, there were 856,000 sea arrivals. UNHCR iniKated a data collecKon and analysis exercise with support from the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) in order to beSer inform the wider community on the profile of refugees arriving to Greece, and improve immediate response and longer term planning.

27 May 2016 description

Beirut, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 5/27/2016 - 11:27 GMT

At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

The shock IS advance on two rebel-held towns came as the jihadist group is facing an offensive further east in its own heartland of Raqa province.

IS fighters cut a key road between the rebel towns of Azaz, close to the Turkish border, and nearby Marea, journalist Maamoun Khateeb told AFP from Azaz.

27 May 2016 description

26. May. 2016 by Rebecca Harms

The EU needs a proper strategy that allows migrants a legal form of access. The current situation of the camps in and around the EU is unacceptable. The issue of clarifying immigration regulations for the EU must not be put off any longer.

27 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Baher Kamal

ROME, May 26 2016 (IPS) - The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance. But the most powerful, richest countries—those who have largely contributed to manufacturing it and can therefore stop it, continue to pretend not hearing nor seeing the signals.

27 May 2016 description

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 26 May 2016

The Commission delivers on its commitment to speed up the implementation of the Facility announcing €20 million to increase the capacity of the Turkish Coast Guard and €27 million to facilitate refugees' access to education. The total amount contracted under the Facility is now close to €240 million

European Commission support for the immediate needs of refugees in Turkey

26 May 2016 description

(Hatay, 26 May 2016): Stephen O’Brien, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), called for greater assistance for Syrians in need, inside the country and across the region, at the end of a visit to Hatay in southern Turkey.

26 May 2016 description

By Scott Peterson

With more Syrians choosing to, or forced to, stay in Turkey, an already overburdened state bureaucracy is trying to accommodate a burgeoning urban refugee population.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — From the heart of this sprawling megacity to its overflowing distant suburbs, Syrians are finding lifelines in hole-in-the-wall service centers as they seek a way to Europe – or are forced to stop, exhausted often out of cash and out of hope.

25 May 2016 description

Arrivals and departures

In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • By the end of April 2016, 121,603 vulnerable Syrians living outside of camps had been identified as eligible for the e-Food Card Programme. WFP continued to support approximately 155,000 Syrians through its e-Food Card Programme in eleven camps in Turkey.

  • WFP is working closely with its strategic partner the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC), in coordination with the Government of Turkey, to significantly expand assistance to vulnerable Syrians with a view to support up to 735,000 people in 2016.

24 May 2016 description
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WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien

WHAT: Mission to Hatay, southern Turkey

WHEN: 25-26 May 2016

WHERE: Hatay and field visits

UN Humanitarian Chief Stephen O’Brien will visit Hatay in southern Turkey from 25 to 26 May 2016.