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20 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.

  • USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

  • Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.

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22 Nov 2014 description

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  • Authorities in Dohuk Governorate relocate internally displaced persons (IDPs) from over 100 schools to camps.

  • The lack of adequate shelter remains a primary concern for many displaced people due to winter weather.

  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) prompts new displacement from Salah ad Din.

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01 Nov 2014 description

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  • The U.N. released the FY 2014-2015 Iraq Strategic Response Plan (SRP) on October 23.

  • Relief actors continue to prepare for the upcoming winter months, prioritizing shelter assistance.

  • Violence in the city of Hit, in Al Anbar Governorate, displaced thousands of people.

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26 Sep 2014 description

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  • USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) assesses several IDP locations in Erbil Governorate.

  • The Government of Iraq (GoI) continues national polio vaccination campaign, targeting an estimated 5.8 million children under the age of five.

  • Regional authorities and relief actors work to relocate IDPs from schools to prevent further academic year delays.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

06 Sep 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The U.N. reports that the Syria conflict death toll exceeds 191,000 people and the refugee total surpasses 3 million people.

  • The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) delivers food assistance to 4.1 million people in August.

  • The adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2165 improves the U.N.’s humanitarian access in Syria.

  • Relief agencies continue to report deteriorating humanitarian conditions due to the protracted conflict.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Jul 2014 description
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  • The Syria conflict death toll exceeded 170,000 as of early July, and violence displaced an estimated 688,000 people from April to June.

  • The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing U.N. cross-border and cross-line assistance without SARG approval on July 14.

  • The U.N. and its partners provided aid to the besieged town of Madamiyet Elsham, Rif Damascus Governorate, for the first time since late 2012.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Jul 2014 description
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  • The U.N. reports an estimated 10.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria.

  • The Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) intensifies attacks in southern Syria, resulting in continued access and insecurity constraints for humanitarian organizations.

  • Insecurity and bureaucratic procedures prevent delivery of U.N. food assistance to Al Hasakah Governorate in June.

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19 Jun 2014 description
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  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is delaying the delivery of humanitarian assistance as security conditions deteriorate in northern areas of Syria and Iraq.

  • Barrel bombing conducted by the Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) killed nearly 30 people in the city of Aleppo on June 16.

  • SARG attacks on June 18 killed more than 20 people and injured 80 others near the Syria– Jordan border in Dar’a Governorate.

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09 May 2014 description
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  • U.N. leadership condemns lack of progress implementing objectives of U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2139.

  • Poor rainfall levels threaten Syria’s staple food crops, compounding the conflict’s effect on agricultural production.

  • Relief agencies are planning a measles vaccination campaign as the number of suspected cases rises.

25 Apr 2014 description
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  • Suspected poisonous gas attacks target civilian areas as international organizations continue efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons.

  • Iraq–Syria border closure could impede population movements and the delivery of humanitarian supplies in northern Syria.

  • USG partners—including U.N. agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)— successfully deliver food aid in hard-to-reach areas of Syria.

10 Apr 2014 description
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  • The number of individuals killed in the first three years of the Syria crisis surpasses 150,000, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

  • The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) expects below-average harvests in May due to persistent insecurity and drought conditions.

  • U.N. official reports access restrictions continue to impede assistance delivery.

28 Mar 2014 description
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  • Insecurity continues to severely constrain humanitarian access, particularly in Syria’s northeastern governorates.

  • Relief organizations mobilize vaccination efforts in response to 280 suspected measles cases in Syria.

  • U.N. agencies deliver vital food and relief commodities from Turkey to Syria’s Al Hasakah Governorate.

14 Mar 2014 description
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  • UNICEF describes Syria as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children
  • Escalated fighting in southern Syria generates additional displacement
  • WFP food assistance reaches Ar Raqqah Governorate for the first time in six months
27 Feb 2014 description
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  • The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution calling for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach conflict-affected populations in Syria.

  • High numbers of displaced persons in the city of Aleppo have raised accommodation concerns, with many staying in public parks and streets without food, shelter, or weather-appropriate clothing.

19 Dec 2013 description
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  • U.N. releases largest global humanitarian appeal to date; more than 50 percent of the requested funds are for Syria.

  • Winter storm exacerbates conditions for IDPs and refugees throughout region.

  • WFP airlift from Iraq enables conflict-affected populations to receive assistance for the first time in six months.

05 Dec 2013 description

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· The U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) now confirms 17 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Syria.

· A comprehensive polio outbreak response continues across the region with campaigns targeting 22 million children under five years of age.

· On November 28 and 30, UNHCR airlifted a total of 26.9 metric tons (MT) of relief supplies to cover gaps in hard-to-reach areas of Syria.

21 Nov 2013 description
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  • The U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) now confirms that there are 13 cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Syria.

  • Countries across the region are implementing polio vaccination campaigns in response to the outbreak.

  • Humanitarian convoys provide assistance to nearly 313,000 people in hard-to-reach areas.

07 Nov 2013 description
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  • The U.N. increased estimates of people in need of assistance in Syria to 9.3 million—42 percent of the Syrian population.

  • The U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed ten cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WVP1) in Dayr az Zawr Governorate.

  • Polio vaccination campaigns are underway across Syria and neighboring countries.

24 Oct 2013 description
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  • U.N. Security Council issued a nonbinding Presidential Statement calling for Syrian authorities to facilitate the expansion of humanitarian relief operations in Syria.

  • Initial test results from the national polio laboratory in Damascus indicate that two cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) detected in Dayr az Zawr Governorate could be positive for polio. Key actors are considering plans for a possible response.