As seasonal cold winds, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures close in on conflict-torn parts of the Middle East, the UNICEF warns that seven million Syrian and Iraqi children caught up in conflict face a harsh winter in light of the UN inability to deliver aid to the affected areas. “After all that they’ve suffered on account of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, the onset of winter and the growing…
The Secretariat of the Friends of Syria Group Stefan Van Roche expressed support for the Syrian interim government’s efforts to move to Syria during a meeting with the interim Minister of Communications Muhammad Yasin Najjar at the headquarters of the Ministry. Najjar stressed the importance of speeding up the formation of the new interim government and providing services to the Syrian people. He also reviewed the most important projects implemented…
Ahmad Tomeh, Interim Prime Minister, said that “establishing a buffer zone in Syria is a strategic demand and could be the first step towards reaching a comprehensive political solution to the conflict," during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu in Ankara. Davutoglu said that the Turkish government is still making efforts to establish safe havens in Syria for civilians to resort to and for the interim government to…
Ibrahim Miro, Interim Finance Minister, warns of an imminent humanitarian and food crisis that will affect people in the liberated and besieged areas, pointing to a FAO report six million Syrians are threatened by a worsening food crisis. The report attributes the causes of the crisis to multiple reasons, particularly the sharp decline in wheat production in 2014. Miro said that “the interim government predicted this crisis at its early…
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that a $58.45 million USD funding shortfall, coupled with this year’s sharp recent growth in internal displacement, could leave up to 1 million Syrians and Iraqis without proper help as winter approaches. “The shortfall affects our winter preparedness programs, although we have already invested $154 million USD on winter aid for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and internally displaced, and means that UNHCR is…
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