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Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, Northern Syria [EN/AR]

Amman/Cairo, 17 September 2014: UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children – all of whom were less than two years of age – occurred in districts where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.

Establishing the precise cause of the children’s deaths is vital. To this end, WHO has assigned a team of experts to provide assistance in investigating this event. WHO is also providing advice and protocols for the investigation of adverse events following immunization.

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Aid agencies work to improve conditions for Iraqi refugees arriving in neighbouring Syria

UNICEF mobilizes life-saving support, but says risks of disease outbreak remain

Al Malkiya, Syria-Iraq border, 18 August 2014 – Several thousand children are among an estimated 12,000 Iraqi refugees now sheltering at a camp in neighbouring Syria after crossing the remote border between the two countries.

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Yazidi refugees in Syria: lifesaving UNICEF supplies delivered

BY RAZAN RASHIDI ON 13 AUG 2014

“We walked for more than 20 hours with no food or water,” says Juan, an adolescent girl who arrived at Nawrouz refugee camp in north-east Syria three days ago, along with eight family members.

Juan is from the Yazidi minority group, many of whom are fleeing to Syria from the mountains of Sinjar in Iraq. Sinjar, a district of Ninewa in north-west Iraq with a population of at least 150,000 children – including many who are internally displaced – was taken over by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) on Sunday.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 13 June - 14 July 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • The Mid-Year Review of the sixth Regional Refugee Plan (RRP6) has been completed, and the expected refugee burden in 2014 has been revised down to 3.59 million from 4.1 million. Revisions are in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.

  • On 14 July 2014 the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution permitting UN agencies to deliver humanitarian aid into Syria across four border crossings.

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Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy

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The first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever in the Middle East has been completed, reaching 25 million children in seven countries. But repeated vaccination rounds are necessary to end the spread of polio.

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Joint statement on Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria [EN/AR]

NEW YORK/ROME, 16 July, 2014. We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.

As part of our ongoing response to the Syria crisis, we and other heads of agencies and partner NGOs are working on how best to implement the resolution, as a matter of urgency.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Number of Syrian children in need increased by 2 million while UNICEF’s funding crisis looms

AMMAN, 5 July 2014 – Well into the fourth year of the Syrian crisis, its impact on children is becoming ever more devastating, newly-released United Nations data shows.

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UNICEF and WHO call on parties to the conflict to stop targeting access to safe water

Danascys, Syria, 2 July 2014 – Recent and increasing interruptions of access to safe drinking water in Syria are compounding the dire water, sanitation and health conditions for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced and vulnerable people inside Syria. This has resulted in a high risk of outbreaks of water- and food-borne diseases, such as typhoid, hepatitis A, cholera, and other diarrheal diseases during the current summer season.

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Statement on killing of school girls in Rural Homs; attributable to Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Syria Representative [EN/AR]

Damascus, 1 July 2014 – UNICEF is appalled at the senseless deaths of four young girls who were killed by a mortar explosion as they left their school in Homs governorate earlier this week (29 June).

The four deceased girls, aged 13-14 years old, had been attending a UNICEF-supported school club at Al Sabaat school in Al Rastan, a town about 20km to the north of Homs city. The area is the scene of ongoing fighting.

At least four other children were injured in the attack.

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One month on, UNICEF calls for immediate and safe return of abducted school boys in Syria

Statement attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and Northern Africa

AMMAN, 1 July 2014 – “UNICEF is following with grave concern the situation of some 140 Kurdish schoolboys between 14 and 16 years old who were reportedly kidnapped in northern Syria last month by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 20 May – 12 June 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

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 The deteriorating situation in Iraq has led to a large influx of internally displaced people into the Kurdish Region of Iraq, where the majority of the Syrian refugees are located in the country. UNICEF is undertaking needs assessments, and providing an immediate WASH and nutrition response.

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Drying up - The growing water crisis facing Syria and the region

The current drought, combined with more than three years of a conflict which has left much of Syria’s water infrastructure in ruins, is gravely impacting availability of water.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 17 April – 19 May 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • Polio vaccination campaigns in April reached a reported 2.9 million children under 5 in Syria; 549,768 in Lebanon; and 14.5 million in Egypt. 5.8 million children under 5 in Iraq were vaccinated in May.

  • Chlorine was delivered to Deir-ez-Zour and Ar-Raqqa for treatment of the drinking water supply for one month. It is estimated that a total 1.5 million people will benefit from safe drinking water as a result of this intervention, of which 1.3 million people are in opposition controlled areas.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 17 April - 19 May 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • Polio vaccination campaigns in April reached a reported 2.9 million children under 5 in Syria; 549,768 in Lebanon; and 14.5 million in Egypt. 5.8 million children under 5 in Iraq were vaccinated in May.

  • Chlorine was delivered to Deir-ez-Zour and Ar-Raqqa for treatment of the drinking water supply for one month. It is estimated that a total 1.5 million people will benefit from safe drinking water as a result of this intervention, of which 1.3 million people are in opposition controlled areas.

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UNICEF Syria statement on killing of children in Hama and Aleppo

DAMASCUS, 4 May 2014 – UNICEF calls on all parties to the Syrian conflict to stop the continuous spiral of deadly violence, which is taking an unacceptable toll on civilians, particularly children.

In the latest attacks, 18 people were reportedly killed including 11 children, in two separate car bombings on Friday, 2 May, in the villages of Jibrin and al-Humeiri in the Hama governorate. A further 50 people were wounded.

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In the Syrian Arab Republic, mobile teams extend the reach of vaccination effort

By Razan Rashidi

With no end to the fighting in sight, and a widening outbreak of polio, volunteers are pushing to reach children with life-saving vaccine.

DAMASCUS, Syria, 1 May 2014 – Almost six months after the confirmation of the first new polio case in the Syrian Arab Republic, UNICEF continues to support national efforts in tackling the outbreak.

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Syria Crisis Monthly humanitarian situation report - 18 March – 17 April 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

• During the reporting period, UNICEF participated in four inter-agency convoys in Syria, reaching 2,800 families in Douma, in Rural Damascus; 3,500 families in Sarmada and 4,000 families in Saraqib in Idleb; as well as 3,000 families in Termalleh and 1,000 in Al Ghanto, in Homs.

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Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

One year after issuing an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people caught in the chaos and violence of Syria’s civil war, leaders of UN agencies renew their call for action.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNICEF statement on school attack in Damascus, Syria

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DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.

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Focusing on hard-to-reach children for polio vaccination campaign in Syria

By Razan Rashidi

Rural Damascus, 7 April 2014 – “One drop, two drops,” a mother counts along with a health worker at Dahiet Qudsaya health centre in Rural Damascus. Her three-year-old daughter cries at the unusual taste of the polio vaccine in her mouth, but the mother calms her down: “Now you will grow up healthy.”