News in Brief 20 March 2018

  • UNICEF and UNHCR raise alarm as Syrian humanitarian crisis intensifies
  • OHCHR reports “extensive” rights violations during Turkey state of emergency
  • 16 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean: IOM
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Displacement surges as twin military offensives drive thousands from Afrin and east Ghouta – UN

The humanitarian crisis in Syria is reaching new peaks as hundreds of thousands of people flee the escalating fighting in Eastern Ghouta and Afrin, the latest flashpoints in the long-running conflict, United Nations relief agencies said Tuesday.

Thousands suffering amid harrowing conditions in east Ghouta and Afrin – UN

The United Nations in Syria is appealing urgently for help to ease the catastrophic situation for tens for thousands of people impacted by fighting in Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, and the northern town of Afrin.

Lebanon: UN humanitarian fund to step up support for the most vulnerable

At a time when resources for refugees from Syria is declining, the top United Nations humanitarian official in Lebanon, the country host to some 1.5 million Syrian and several thousand Palestinian refugees, has launched a funding allocation to ensure that critical relief programmes can be sustained.

News in Brief 16 March 2018

  • OHCHRUNICEF: Fighting and food & water shortages leave thousands of Syrians at risk
  • Refugee figures approach total expected for the year: UNHCR
  • Meat product responsible for listeriosis outbreak in South Africa: WHO
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Brief ceasefire in Douma only piece of good news for civilians in war-torn Syria, UN envoy says

The United Nations mediator for the Syrian conflict told the Security Council on Friday that its three-week old demand for a ceasefire across the war-ravaged country was still not being implemented, and while progress had been made in Douma in Eastern Ghouta, “the bottom line is, too many civilians are still suffering.”

“Only a few thousand” Syrian children have escaped east Ghouta “hell on Earth”

“Only a few thousand” malnourished children who have been living through “hell on Earth” in Syria’s besieged suburb of east Ghouta have managed to escape so far.

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Syria: Children, families killed by airstrikes, shelling in Afrin – UN

Dozens of children have been killed since fighting began in the north-western Syrian town of Afrin, where people are under bombardment, hospitals have been shut down and water supplies cut off, the United Nations has reported.

News in Brief 15 March 2018

  • UNRWA services "need to be maintained at all costs”: UN chief
  • Thousands flee eastern Ghouta as UN prepares to assist those in need
  • OHCHR: “Strong evidence” of torture during investigation into 43 Mexican students’ disappearance
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News In Brief 14 March 2018

  • UN agencies, WFP and WHO, renew call for end to Syria conflict as tragic anniversary approaches
  • Cybersquatting cases hit all-time high in 2017, UN agency, WIPO, reports
  • Secretary-General and UNESCO mourn death of Stephen Hawking


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