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Syria: UN envoy welcomes new ceasefire between Government and opposition groups

The United Nations envoy for Syria has welcomed the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire between the Government and armed opposition groups that would come into effect at midnight tonight.

After promising start, 2016 has been worst for civilians in Syria – UN expert

After a promising start, the year 2016 has been the worst for civilian casualties so far in the war in Syria, according to the head of a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry into the Middle Eastern country.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon most vulnerable during winter

Syrian refugees in Lebanon are at their most vulnerable and need the most assistance during the winter months, according to a representative from the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in the region.

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At Security Council, UN humanitarian official flags 'catastrophic’ situation in Syria despite eastern Aleppo evacuations

Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Syria, a senior United Nations humanitarian official underlined the enormity challenges of the continuing humanitarian operations in the region.

Thousands leave war-ravaged Aleppo as ‘dangerous, complex’ evacuation nears end – UN envoy

A “very large, dangerous, difficult and complex evacuation” entered its final phase today –mainly from eastern Aleppo and from the two villages Foah and Kefraya – a senior United Nations humanitarian envoy announced, adding that it is “now a race against the clock and the winter to provide safety for the desperate people that have been trapped in the besieged city.

“Crucial” day for thousands fleeing Syria’s Aleppo, says UN Envoy

A “race against the clock" has started to help thousands of people leaving Syria’s Aleppo city, the UN said Thursday, amid a call from UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura that now is the time to push for new talks to bring an end to the conflict.

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Syria: UN approves mechanism to lay groundwork for investigations into possible war crimes

The United Nations General Assembly has voted to establish an independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity in Syria.

Civilians brave freezing temperatures as Aleppo evacuations resume – UN

With civilians in war-battered eastern Aleppo braving sub-zero temperatures, evacuations escorted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) resumed today, as the agency estimates that more than 25,000 people have been evacuated from besieged neighbourhoods over the past five days, the United Nations said.

As evacuations resume in Aleppo, UN prepares to redeploy staff to monitor process

As the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) resumed this morning evacuations from besieged neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo, the United Nations reported that it has received authorization to send 20 international and national staff to the city to play a critical role in the monitoring and the response.

“Blood money” of trafficked women now “lifeblood” sustaining terrorists

The “blood money” of women and children has become part of the “lifeblood” that sustains terrorists in places like Syria and Iraq, the UN special envoy for sexual violence in conflict has said.

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