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28 Mar 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Situation in the three northern governorates

Tensions are high in Sulaymaniyah region due to the presence and activity of Ansar al Islam. The PUK evacuated the civilians out of the area in anticipation of a potential confrontation. Apart from schools and some local authorities departments, all other social services are functioning normally.

Health situation

27 Mar 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested Japan to consider the dispatch of a medical team to refugee camps in Syria. Considering that prompt cooperation with the refugee assistance conducted by the UNHCR will be appropriate as Japan's contribution to the international community from a humanitarian point of view, the Government of Japan is dispatching a preparatory study mission that includes doctors, headed by Mr.
27 Mar 2003 description
report World Vision

World Vision plans today (March 26) to send emergency relief supplies to Syria to cope with a potential refugee emergency.

27 Mar 2003 description

First Somalis Leave Rusweished Transit Camp.

26 Mar 2003 description
report Oxfam

Over the past week, the Syrian authorities have changed their position on the acceptance of refugees. First the border to Iraq was closed, but authorities have since announced 3 crossing points and 3 refugee camps.

26 Mar 2003 description


KEY DEVELOPMENTS

26 Mar 2003 description


Coordinator's Comments
Our 3,400 national colleagues are still operating their humanitarian activities with dedication and under difficult circumstances. Our hearts and thoughts are with them.

1. HIGHLIGHTS

No major refugee influx has yet been reported in any of the neighbouring countries. UN agencies working closely with the government counterparts are in a state of readiness should such an influx occur. Reception centres and refugee camps are either already established or in the final stages of preparation.

26 Mar 2003 description

Source: UNSECOORD
Produced in Cooperation with the HIC for Iraq

25 Mar 2003 description


HIGHLIGHTS:
The sector has developed common protocols for Supplementary and Therapeutic feeding and has shared these with partner agencies: WFP, UNICEF, WHO, and FAO.

It has been reported from Syria and Jordan that there is complete lack of High Protein Biscuits (HPBs) and Therapeutic Milk (THM).

UNICEF promises to fill this gap immediately by re-routing, on a loan arrangement, some quantity of HPB pre-positioned in Jordan.

The available Therapeutic Milk already delivered has been distributed to all 68 Nutrition Rehabilitation centers in Iraq.

25 Mar 2003 description
report Oxfam

Fighting in Basra intensifies as fears of a crisis grow. The United Nations (UN) warns that less than half the city, home to 1.5 million people, is receiving clean water and there is no power. Some 100,000 children are at risk of disease as fighting has continued for four days, disrupting supplies of drinking water.

25 Mar 2003 description
report Government of Japan
  1. Humanitarian assistance and refugee assistance

    (1) Technical cooperation on health sector:

    A medical professional team has been dispatched to the Arab Republic of Syria by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to provide technical cooperation to strengthen the emergency medical care system in the Hassake National Hospital located near the border with Iraq. The first group dispatched consists of five experts (medical doctor, nurse, pharmacists etc.), who left Japan on 21 March, arrived in Hassake on 24 March.

25 Mar 2003 description

Information received and updated as at: 25 March 2003

25 Mar 2003 description

Transcript of the UN humanitarian briefing in Amman, Jordan