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22 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: The UN faces severe access constraints to East Ghouta.

  • Since 15 March, the UN has not been able to reach Duma with life-saving assistance.

  • Since 3 April, the UN has not been given permission to carry out an inter-agency needs assessment mission to Saqba, Kafr Batna and Hammouriya in east Ghouta.

21 Apr 2018 description

Highlights

• Despite the suspension of hostilities on Duma and the conclusion of evacuations, the UN was still not granted access to Duma, where an estimated 50,000-70,000 individuals are in dire need of humanitarian assistance after years of besiegement and hostilities.

20 Apr 2018 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • La Cruz Roja y la Media Luna Roja de 15 países, con el apoyo de la UE, llevan a cabo este proyecto a tres años (diciembre 2016-2019) en 5 países vecinos de Siria: Turquía, Líbano, Jordania, Irak y Egipto.

  • El objetivo fundamental de Madad (‘ayudar juntos’, en árabe) es mejorar las condiciones de vida tanto de las personas refugiadas como de las comunidades de acogida, contribuyendo así a la estabilidad general de la región.

  • Madad ofrece, entre otras intervenciones, la mejora de la Salud, la gestión de riesgos y la generación de ingresos

20 Apr 2018 description

WHO has delivered 185 tonnes of life-saving medicines, anaesthetics, antibiotics, emergency medical kits and other treatments to over 30 health partners in northern Syria so far in 2018. These deliveries are part of its ongoing efforts to meet the immediate and long-term health needs of hundreds of thousands of displaced and critically ill patients in northern Syria.

19 Apr 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

Since mid-2017, ongoing conflict has led to displacement from and within Deir-ez-Zor governorate, totalling an estimated 230,000 persons from July to mid-December. The recent de-escalation of conflict in parts of the governorate has allowed limited humanitarian access for the first time since 2014. The situation in the governorate remains fluid, with spontaneous returns in certain areas as well as IDP arrivals.

18 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED: IDPs are currently not permitted to move to Aleppo city or to return to Afrin district. Some 2,000 IDPs were stuck for nine days at the crossing point between Burj Elqas and Kimar when trying to return to Afrin district.

LACK OF ACCESS: The UN currently do not have access to Afrin district, and whilst some local partners are present in the district, they sometimes face movement restrictions at checkpoints.

18 Apr 2018 description

Key Concerns:

OVERCROWDING: Despite departures from the sites, most IDP sites remain overcrowded, with nearly twice as many IDPs in the facilities as their intended capacity permits.

SLOWING DOWN OF EXIT RATES FROM THE SITES: The rate of IDPs leaving the sites has slowed down significantly. In addition, the requirements for people to leave are unevenly applied at different sites with mostly women, children and the elderly able to leave.

18 Apr 2018 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. The situation overview covers the period from 15 March – 15 April 2018. The next report will be issued on or around 10 May 2018.

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18 Apr 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Despite ongoing conflict and instability, Salesian missionaries continue their work with youth in Syria. Over the course of the last seven years since the outbreak of civil war began in March 2011, Salesian missionaries have operated three centers in Kafroun and the particularly high conflict areas of Aleppo and Damascus. Each of the centers is staffed by three Salesian priests and a deacon.

18 Apr 2018 description
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The humanitarian impact of the Syria crisis remains deep and far-reaching, with the population exposed to significant protection risks. As per the 2018 HNO some 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, of whom 5.6 million are in acute need due to a convergence of vulnerabilities resulting from exposure to hostilities, limited access to basic goods and services as well as mass displacement, often affecting people multiples times. These new mass displacements are in addition to protracted displacement as well as deteriorating coping mechanisms and resilience in Syria.

18 Apr 2018 description

137,070 people remain displaced from Afrin district to other locations in Aleppo governorate and Al-Hassakeh

396,000+ non-food items distributed to internally displaced people

31,350 ready-to-eat rations and canned food rations provided to IDPs

$73m in funding required by the UN and partners in Syria to assist those affected by the Afrin crisis

18 Apr 2018 description
report European Commission

Seven years of war in Syria have taken an enormous toll on the civilian population in the country, causing one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has faced since World War II.

17 Apr 2018 description

New York, 17 April 2018

As delivered

Mr. President,

Since the passage of resolution 2401, the Secretary-General has on many occasions called for its full implementation.

However, rather than implement the resolution of this Council, we have seen parties to the conflict sustain intense military activity at an enormous human cost.

17 Apr 2018 description
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Gaziantep, 17 April 2018

I am deeply disturbed over Saturday’s reported fighting between non-state armed groups outside the Al Ma’ra National Hospital in Ma’arrat An Nu’man town in Idleb Governorate, resulting in the suspension of that facility’s services and placing hospital staff and patients at risk.

17 Apr 2018 description
report BioMed Central

Jose M. Rodriguez-Llanes, Debarati Guha-Sapir , Benjamin-Samuel Schlüter and Madelyn Hsiao-Rei Hicks

Abstract

Evidence of use of toxic gas chemical weapons in the Syrian war has been reported by governmental and non-governmental international organizations since the war started in March 2011. To date, the profiles of victims of the largest chemical attacks in Syria remain unknown. In this study, we used descriptive epidemiological analysis to describe demographic characteristics of victims of the largest chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian war.

17 Apr 2018 description

TOP LINE CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Humanitarian needs remain staggering in terms of scale, severity and complexity:

Against the continued backdrop of high levels of violence and systemic violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL), no amount of humanitarian assistance and protection services can offset the lack of a political solution.

17 Apr 2018 description

By Laila Bassam

DOUMA, Syria, April 16 (Reuters) - It used to provide fresh food for the Syrian capital; now its hungry people are queuing for bread handouts from a truck.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Doundation.

16 Apr 2018 description

Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, April 15, 2018, SAMS-supported Al-Mara’a Hospital in Idlib was subjected to unlawful attacks carried out by armed factions that lasted more than seven hours. Heavy armed clashes started in the vicinity of the hospital and soon moved inside the building, instilling fear and panic in medical staff and their patients, and causing material damages, including the destruction of the hospital’s blood bank.