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29 Nov 2018 description

Special Envoy de Mistura and his team recently met with a diverse group of thirty members of Syrian civil society in the context of the regular engagement undertaken by his Office via the platform of the Civil Society Support Room (CSSR).

29 Nov 2018 description
report UN News Service

It is unclear if rockets fired into the Syrian city of Aleppo last weekend contained chemical toxins, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday, adding that if they did, it would constitute a war crime.

29 Nov 2018 description

Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria

New York, 29 November 2018

As delivered

Mr. President, distinguished Council members,

I provide this update today on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Mark Lowcock.

29 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Net enrolment of refugee students for the 2018-2019 school year grew from 615,000 in September to over 640,000 in October. UNICEF distributed school bags and stationery kits to more than 500,000 refugee and Turkish students in 23 provinces, and is working closely with the government and partners to increase enrolment and expand access.

29 Nov 2018 description

29 November 2018 – At around midnight on 24 November 2018, WHO received unconfirmed reports of patients arriving in health facilities in Aleppo with symptoms that might be consistent with exposure to chemical agents. At approximately the same time, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security office in Syria reported unconfirmed information that the Al-Zahraa, Al-Khaldiyyeh and Nile Street areas of Aleppo city had been shelled with rounds of mortar fire that included an unknown type of gas.

29 Nov 2018 description

251,793 Syrian refugees registered as of 31 October

46,927 Persons of concern reached with protection monitoring in October

13,671 Persons of concern reached with cash assistance in October

13,512 Persons of concern received CRIs in October

Working with Partners

  • UNHCR is engaged in the inter-agency response for ongoing displacement and returns.

29 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

1.86 million people displaced (IOM)
4.11 million returnees (IOM)
251,793 Syrian refugees in Iraq (UNHCR)
270,504 Iraqis assisted by WFP*
44,354 Syrian refugees assisted by WFP*

* October 2018


29 Nov 2018 description

Syria refugee returns policy

29 November 2018

Aid donors should not write “blank cheques” for reconstruction in Syria while millions of people who fled the country risk being forced home to areas where fighting still rages. This is the view of Anne Street, CAFOD’s Head of Humanitarian Policy, and author of the charity’s Syria Refugee Returns policy paper.

“Syrians returning home to Syria must be safe, and their return must be voluntary, free from any form of coercion,” she says.

Street continues:

29 Nov 2018 description


28 Nov 2018 description

Possible chemical weapons attack in Aleppo and the threat of atrocities in northwest Syria

28 Nov 2018 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 27 November 2018

The European Union has adopted today a €56.5 million package to promote sustainable job creation and strengthen support to refugees, internally displaced populations and their host communities in Iraq.

This brings the total EU development assistance mobilised in favour of Iraq in 2018 to €129 million and it is part of the €400 million pledged by the EU at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference held in Kuwait in February 2018.

28 Nov 2018 description
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Special Envoy de Mistura received an invitation from the Government of Kazakhstan, on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey – the guarantors of the de-escalation agreement – to participate in the high-level meeting in Astana on 28 and 29 November 2018.

28 Nov 2018 description


Background Healthcare is under attack in Syria with repeated air strikes on hospitals and ambulances and the largest death toll of health workers in any recorded conflict.1 Ambulances in Syria have been bombed, shot at, stolen, looted and obstructed, significantly impeding their ability to safely evacuate the wounded and provide medical aid.

28 Nov 2018 description
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Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
27 November 2018

28 Nov 2018 description

At 9:00 am an UNRWA mobile health clinic arrives in Sahnaya, an area just south of Damascus. In a flurry of activity, boxes of equipment and supplies are unloaded and the van is transformed into a fully equipped health centre, ready to receive patients. Displaced Palestine refugee women carrying babies in carefully wrapped bundles, small children, and groups of elderly people make their way to the clinic to see a doctor. “Whenever I see a mobile clinic, I feel at ease,” says Omran Qsem Barghout, who brought his 70 year-old mother in for a check-up.

28 Nov 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Ahmad Aldamen, senior programme for Islamic Relief based in Idlib, said:

The bombing over the weekend was heavier than usual and had tragic consequences; several children lost their lives. It also led to large-scale displacement.

In areas where there is bombing every day like Northern Hama, there are less casualties as people go underground and they are better prepared.