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19 Nov 2017 description

Washington, D.C.- Yesterday morning, a SAMS facility in East Ghouta began receiving patients suffering from constricted pupils, coughing, vomiting, and bradypnea (abnormally slow breathing), all of which are symptoms indicative to exposure to chemical compounds. The victims reported that they were exposed to a substance following an artillery strike. Of the 61 individuals exposed to the substance, 15 required hospitalization, including 11 who were admitting to SAMS facilities.

19 Nov 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

AMMAN NOV 19. - The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) has announced that a humanitarian and relief aid convoy had entered Jeroud city in Damascus countryside.

In a statement, the SARC said that a 26-truck aid convoy arrived in the city Sunday.

It noted that the aid included 7,200 food packages, 300 baskets of vegetables, seeds and fertilizers, various relief items, medicines and medical supplies.

19 Nov 2017 description


In September - October 2017, the Jordan Refugee Response sectors conducted an anonymous on-line survey for the sector members. The purpose of this survey was to get feedback on the current performance of sector coordination. This follows a similar format to sector surveys conducted in August 2016, September 2015, June 2014, and August 2013. The results for the 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 surveys are available on the refugee response portal at:

19 Nov 2017 description

I. General / Inter-Sector Update Support to the Jordan Response Plan:

Sector Coordinators continued to support the Jordan Response Plan 2018-2020 planning phase to draft sector response plans and project summary sheets. The preparation for the interagency appeal within and in support of the Jordan Response Plan has started during the reporting month.

19 Nov 2017 description

This report is produced by the Health Sector Working Group in Jordan in response to the Syria crisis. It shows progresses in project implementation and funding status during the reporting period. It summarizes achievement and challenges and highlights foreseen needs for the next quarter. For the monthly update, please see the Monthly Sector Dashboard at link.

Partners by Component (Total XX, Population XX)

19 Nov 2017 description

Partners by Component

(29 partners provided services to 407,551.00 Syrian and Jordanian)


29 Partners, 12 Governorates Locations: Ajlun, Amman, Al Balqa , Madaba Irbid, Jarash ,Mafraq , Zarqa , Maan , Tafeleh , Karak and Aqaba


5 Partners, 8 Governorates Locations: Ajlun, Balqa, Amman, Irbid, Jerash, ,Madaba, Mafraq and Zarqa Governorates

19 Nov 2017 description

Eastern Ghouta is the last major rebel stronghold near the Syrian capital

BEIRUT, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Shelling by Syrian rebels killed six people in Damascus on Thursday, state media said, while a war monitor said government bombing killed 14 in the city's rebel-held eastern suburbs.

Read more on Reuters.

19 Nov 2017 description

Une troupe de clowns met en scène des contes pour les enfants à partir de témoignages glanés lors d’ateliers interactifs, pour sensibiliser aux droits humains et à la justice sociale.

Par Rima Cherri à Kfarnabrakh, Liban

Des enfants rient des pitreries d’une troupe de clowns qui batifolent sur un terrain de sport au Liban. Mais ces artistes de rue ne sont pas seulement là pour faire rire. À travers leur spectacle, ils transmettent un message fort.

19 Nov 2017 description

Clowns present tales from children to create awareness of human rights and social justice.

By Rima Cherri in Kfarnabrakh, Lebanon

Children giggle at the antics of a group of clowns fooling around in a Lebanese village sports ground. However, these street performers are not just there for the laughs. They are using tomfoolery to convey a serious message.

18 Nov 2017 description
report European Union

In October, more than 15,300 irregular border crossings were detected on the four main migratory routes into the EU.

The total number of migrants detected on these routes in the first ten months of this year fell by 63% to around 173,000 from the same period in 2016.

Central Mediterranean

The number of migrants arriving in Italy via the Central Mediterranean route in October remained almost constant from the month before, at roughly 6,700. Tunisia was the top country of origin, cementing a trend that began in the summer months.

18 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council



Due to the veto of a permanent member, the Security Council today failed for the fourth time in three weeks to renew the mandate, due to expire at midnight, of the investigative body formed to determine the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

18 Nov 2017 description
report UN General Assembly



The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today approved eight draft resolutions, including one calling on Israel to cease exploitation of the occupied Palestinian territory and Syrian Golan.

18 Nov 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Introduction to INTAJ Stability Evidence Papers

With the support of the Government of the United Kingdom, Mercy Corps began implementing the Improved Networks, Training and Jobs (INTAJ 2) program in the Bekaa and North governorates of Lebanon in April 2016. This program builds on the successful pilot of INTAJ 1, which ran from August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. Learning from INTAJ 1 enabled Mercy Corps to refine and improve the interventions and impact of the initial pilot.

18 Nov 2017 description
report Voice of America

November 17, 2017 2:30 PM
VOA News

At least 20 internally displaced persons were killed by a car bomb Friday in Syria — an attack blamed on Islamic State.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor put the death toll at 26, adding that 12 of the victims were children.

Syrian state broadcaster SANA said that 30 others were injured at a site where displaced families were relocated in eastern Syria near the city of Deir el-Zour.

17 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council



The Mediterranean was a global junction of mutually enriching cultures, societies and economies, but violence and hatred were threatening that dynamism, to the detriment of the entire world, the Secretary‑General of the United Nations told the Security Council today.

17 Nov 2017 description

Toronto, ON- Doctors and medical facilities in Eastern Ghouta are overwhelmed by the influx of patients wounded and injured by intensifying attacks. Hundreds of airstrikes in civilian areas, including cluster bombs, which are indiscriminate in nature and prohibited by international law, are causing massive civilian casualties.

17 Nov 2017 description
report UN Security Council



The Security Council failed to renew the mandate of the investigative team formed to determine the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in Syria following the rejection of two draft resolutions, tabled by the United States and Bolivia, respectively.

17 Nov 2017 description

This report is produced by the OCHA Syria Crisis offices with the contribution of all sectors in the hubs and at the Whole of Syria (WoS) level. It covers the period from 1 October – 5 November 2017. The next report will be issued on or around 10 December.


17 Nov 2017 description

This week, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), one of the world’s largest and most well-respected NGOs, rolls out an innovative solution to reach inaccessible humanitarian aid workers in Syria – the Frontline Humanitarian Toolbox.

The NRC helps those forced to flee, supporting them to build a new future. It works across 30 countries, providing food, assistance, clean water, shelter, legal aid and education.