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“Tent” school opened in Lebanon for Syria refugees

Local public schools in Lebanon can accommodate only half of the 400,000 school-age Syrian refugee children in the country according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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Syria refugees in Lebanon caught in debt cycle

Nearly 90 per cent of the over one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are caught in a vicious debt cycle, according to the UN.

The almost five-year-long civil war in Syria has driven millions of people to find refuge in neighbouring countries like Lebanon.

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Syria: UN envoy meets opposition groups on effort to broker ceasefire, political transition

Stepping up efforts to broker a ceasefire in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, is briefing various opposition groups on latest international efforts to end a five-year conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.

“Strong rallying call” issued against ISIL terrorists

A resolution adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council provides a “strong rallying call” against terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria; that’s according to the President of the Council and British Ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft.

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Security Council calls for eradicating ISIL safe havens in Syria and Iraq

The United Nations Security Council this evening called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut last week.

Syria: UN envoy cites possibility of ceasefire, future political framework to end conflict

After briefing an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the “deliverables” that had come out of the recent international talks in Vienna on the Syria crisis, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura today indicated the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn country, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict.

US fears of terrorist “fifth column” among refugees “far from truth”

Fears being expressed over a possible “fifth column” of terrorists entering the United States along with Syrian refugees are understandable, but unfounded.

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Warnings voiced that refugees may be targeted after Paris attacks

Refugees should not be turned into scapegoats following the terrorist attacks in Paris, France the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has urged.

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'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief

More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.

'Rare moment of diplomatic opportunity to end conflict in Syria,' says Ban as talks in Vienna reconvened

While members of an international support group for Syria engaged in “constructive dialogue” in Vienna on how to end the five-year conflict, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he is encouraged by the stakeholders reconvening to address the “grave situation” and bring about a political settlement to end the violence as soon as possible.