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WAM AMMAN: A second volunteer medical team has arrived in Jordan to take part in completing preparations for commissioning the UAE-Jordanian mobile hospital which will provide assistance to Syrian refugees.
The move is in line with directives from H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Red Crescent Authority (RCA) and in coordination with Jordan's Red Crescent and the UAE's Embassy in Amman.
In the past week, around 15 refugee families have arrived at the Al Makassed School in Bar Elias, Lebanon.
Some came from Baba Amr and Qosayr, while others have just arrived from Syria’s capital Damascus, where the situation is deteriorating.
They’re all taking shelter in a three-floor school, sharing three toilets and using one room on the first floor to cook, shower and, sometimes, to sleep.
Lacking the basics
JOHANNESBOURG, 8 août 2012 (IRIN) - Selon l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO), les pays du Sahel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, de la Corne de l'Afrique et de l'Afrique centrale et du Sud - dont plusieurs dépendent principalement des importations de céréales pour nourrir leur population - sont les plus exposés aux conséquences de la hausse des cours mondiaux des céréales.
Markus Löning, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, surveyed the scene on the ground in Jordan today to gain a first-hand impression of the situation of Syrian refugees there. He issued the following statement in the Jordanian capital of Amman:
In Lebanon and Jordan, Caritas is helping thousands of refugees who have fled Syria. Laura Sheahen from Caritas Internationalis describes four days of visits to Caritas centres where refugees receive food, medical care, and more.
Monday morning: Visit Syrian refugees squeezed into tiny apartments in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The parents don’t know how they will make ends meet. They also worry about their children not making friends in their new country. One boy, Salem, says, “People here don’t want to play with us.”
Blog - ECHO in the field
06/08/2012 - Mafraq, Jordan – In the sweltering heat of an exceptionally hot summer here on Jordan’s border with Syria, 500 refugees – out of a total of 38,000 registered refugees – were transferred early last week to the “Zaatari Camp”, Jordan’s first tented camp in Mafraq.
International leaders are increasingly speculating that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's days are numbered, as calls for his peaceful departure grow louder. But, in the case he is toppled, what happens in the aftermath of regime collapse?
Like thousands of people in Damascus, the Syrian capital, Abdulahadi, Aisha and their four children fled their home when their neighbourhood came under intense bombardment. Without proper access to medical services, Aisha, who was in her last month of pregnancy, was extremely concerned for her unborn baby’s health.
Latest update on ICRC and Syrian Arab Red Crescent operations in Syria
7 August 2012
Thousands of displaced people have no option but to stay put until they feel safe to return to their homes. Like many others affected by the fighting, they continue to depend on humanitarian assistance.
Over the past four days:
Office of the Spokesperson
August 7, 2012
TSF experts have conducted a first telecom assessment mission in Syria, in the town and hospitals of Azaz, 40 km north of Alep. TSF is the first international NGO to enter this town which has been totally destroyed by violent fighting between rebels and the regular army.
TSF is continuing its assessments and is trying to reach other liberated towns so as to install a humanitarian hub with satellite connections for the benefit of the humanitarian community and medical relief organisations.
FOCUS - MALI, a multi-faceted crisis
A day in Abala camp (Niger)
A food crisis looming over the most vulnerable families (Chad)
La crise alimentaire menace les familles vulnérables (Tchad)
Urgent action is still needed (Horn of Africa)
The rise of the cash based response (Somalia)
How farmers can double or triple their income (Uganda)
“All rain starts from just one drop” (Sudan)
Kitchen gardening as a source of income and food (CAR)
The first open-defecation free village (South Sudan)
According to August 7 statistics, a total of 453 Iraqis returned from Syria through the border points of Al-Waleed, Rabi’aa and Al-Qa’im. Al-Waleed is still recording the highest figures with 315 more returnees, followed by Rabi’aa with another 127 returns. The number was far lower at Al-Qa’im border which saw only 11 returnee arrivals. This brings the total number of Iraqi returnees since 18 July to 23,228, including 5,222 by air.
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said that, according to reports it has received, Syria is experiencing critical shortages in medicines and pharmaceutical products. “The recent escalation of clashes had resulted in substantial damages to the pharmaceutical plants located in rural Aleppo, Homs and Rural Damascus, where 90 per cent of the country’s plants were located,” a WHO spokesperson, Tarik Jasarevic, told reporters in Geneva today. “Many of these plants had now closed down, thus resulting in a critical shortage of medicines.”
Britain will quadruple its assistance to help tens of thousands more refugees fleeing worsening fighting in Syria, International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced today as he visited the new Za’atri tented refugee camp in Jordan, on the Syrian border.
This weekly update provides a snapshot of the United Nations and partners’ response to the influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. The response is led by the UN Refugee Agency and is undertaken in full coordination with host Governments, UN agencies, and NGO partners. This report covers the period from 28 July to 3 August 2012. The next update will be issued on 10 August 2012.
GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS -
The coalition of German relief organisations calls for donations for refugees
Jordan (officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) is a low-middle income country with limited natural resources and a semi-arid climate. The country borders Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north and the West Bank and Israel to the west.
The Republic of Lebanon is a upper-middle income country of about 4.3 million inhabitants. Lebanon borders Syria to the east and north and Israel to the south. The country is divided into 6 governorates (Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Bekaa, North Lebanon, South Lebanon and Nabatiyeh).