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Syrian crisis

About 40 percent of Syrians need humanitarian aid -U.N.

By Louis Charbonneau / 05 Nov 2013

The United Nations estimates that around 9.3 million people in Syria or about 40 percent of the population need humanitarian assistance due to the country's 2-1/2-year civil war, the U.N. humanitarian office said on Monday.

"The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably," U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council behind closed doors, according to her spokeswoman Amanda Pitt.


United Nations: Half of Syrians living in poverty

Source : AFP / 26 Oct 2013

Syria’s war has destroyed livelihoods and collapsed the economy, leaving more than half the country’s population in poverty, according to a report commissioned by U.N. agencies this month.
Some 115,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the war broke out in 2011, and the report warned that the economic devastation wrought by the conflict could be felt for years to come.

Flesh-eating parasites, polio outbreak emerging across Syria

Source : Al Arabiya with Reuters / 22 OCt 2013 

Polio and the flesh-eating parasite, leishmaniasis, are among diseases that are suspected to be flaring up in Syria, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said this week.

Some 22 people in the war-torn country’s northeastern province of Deir Ezzor are showing symptoms that are “very likely” to be polio, Oliver Rosenbawer, from the WHO Global Polio Eradication Initiative told The Telegraph on Sunday.


EU gives 70 mln euros in winter aid for Syrians in Lebanon

Source : AFP / 19 Oct 2013
The European Union is donating an additional 70 million euros in aid to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon during the winter months, the EU envoy to Beirut said Friday.
Speaking after a meeting with President Michel Sleiman, Angelina Eichhorst praised the country for welcoming nearly 780,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.

Minister: Syria war costs tourism industry $1.5 billion


Source : AFP / 1 Oct 2013
Syria’s tourism industry has lost 300 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) in revenues since the country’s brutal conflict broke out in March 2011, Tourism Minister Bishr Riad Yaziji told AFP on Monday.
“The tourism industry has lost some 300 billion Syrian pounds in direct and indirect losses,” Yaziji said.
“There are other damages that are incalculable,” he added, referring to damaged archaeological sites and monuments across the country.

The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness


The Grand Mufti of Syria preaches a message of forgiveness

‘I met those men who assassinated my own son – and they told me they didn’t even know whom they were killing.” Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, the Grand Mufti of Syria, sits in a straightbacked chair, his immaculate white turban atop a narrow, intelligent and very troubled face. His son Sania was a second-grade student at Aleppo University when he was shot dead getting into his car.


Chemical weapons debates: How to destroy it?

Source : Anadolu Agency | 19 Sept 2013

The estimated amount of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is around a thousand tons, yet it may cost billions to destroy it.

A "temporary ceasefire" could be applied to in order to conduct healthy destruction operations on Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons, said Dr. Patricia Lewis of the UK's leading think tank, the Chatham House.


Poor harvest, sanctions further threaten Syria food supply -WFP

By Charlie Dunmore / 17 Sep 2013

Poor harvests and international sanctions have damaged Syria's ability to fund food imports and could sharply increase the number of people requiring food aid, the head of the U.N.'s World Food Programme said on Monday.

Syria's most recent wheat harvest was its worst in decades and traders say the country, mired in nearly three years of civil war, will need to import at least 2 million tonnes of wheat this year to help cover the shortfall.


West’s quagmire on Syria: damned if you strike, damned if you don’t

By Eman El-Shenawi / 29 Aug 2013

It seems to be a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" for Western leaders mulling a strike on Syria this week.

Only a few months ago, Middle Eastern audiences had been condemning the West's "silence" on foreign intervention in the conflict.


Number of Syria child refugees hits one million, UNICEF says

Source : Presstv / 23 Aug 2013

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of child refugees who have fled the turmoil in Syria has reached one million.

“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number. This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Friday.


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