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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.


‘Syria refugees face more health risks’

Source : Presstv / 20 May 2013

International aid organization Oxfam says the hotter weather will increase health-related risks for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

In a statement issued on Monday, Oxfam made an appeal for urgent funds for the refugees who continue to flee to Jordan and Lebanon, AFP reported.


Somali famine ‘killed’ 258,000, half of them young children

Source : AFP / 3 May 2013

Almost 260,000 people, half of them young children, died of hunger during the last famine in Somalia, according to a UN report yesterday which admitted the world body should have done more to prevent the tragedy.


Syrian conflict mobilizes hundreds of fighters from Europe: study

Source : Al Arabiya / 6 Apr 2013

Hundreds of Europeans have traveled to Syria to engage in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad, a year-long study by the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization has found.

The study, entitled “European foreign fighters in Syria,” was released on Tuesday, and put the figure at up to 600 individuals from 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Germany.


Syria crisis: March was 'conflict's deadliest month'


Source : BBC / 2 Apr 2013

More than 6,000 people died in Syria in March, the deadliest month since protests against the government began two years ago, activists say.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a UK-based activist group, said it recorded 6,005 deaths last month.


UN: Syria refugee numbers jump 10 percent in a week

Source : Arab news / 16 Mar 2013

The number of registered Syrian refugees jumped 10 percent in just one week to more than 1.1 million, a UN aid official said yesterday.

Fighting in Syria has escalated in recent months, with the regime stepping up attacks on opposition strongholds. The UN refugee agency said the number of Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries has risen to 8,000 a day from 3,000 in December.


The cost of war: Syria’s economy pays a painful price

By Eman El-Shenawi / 15 Mar 2013

Amid killings, international condemnation and aggressive politics, Syria’s macro-economic concerns may not be at the forefront of people’s minds. However, the country is facing harsh economic realities, despite the lack of official information.

Repairing the damage caused by two years of fighting could cost up to $80 billion, says Abdullah al-Dardari, former deputy premier for economic affairs under President Bashar al-Assad. This figure has caused shockwaves, amid warning signs in recent months of a looming fiscal collapse.


Lebanon needs $370 mn to cope with Syrian refugee crisis: PM

Al Arabiya with Agencies / 14 Mar 2013

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged Arab states to help Lebanon cope with the rising numbers of Syrian refugees flooding to the country and stretching its scare resources.

Mikati said Lebanon will need at least $370 million in support this year under the current conditions.


Syria's children shot at, tortured, raped: charity report

Source : Reuters / 13 Mar 2013

A boy of 12 sees his best friend shot through the heart. Another of 15 is held in a cell with 150 other people, and taken out every day to be put in a giant wheel and burnt with cigarettes.

Syria's children are perhaps the greatest victims of their country's conflict, suffering "layers and layers of emotional trauma", Save the Children's chief executive told Reuters.


Over 85 percent Palestinians fled Syria’s Yarmouk camp: UNRWA

Source : Al Arabiya / 12 Mar 2013

More than 85 percent of Palestinians living in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp have been displaced due to the violence that has gripped the country for the past two years, said the commissioner general of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

“Out of 150,000 Palestinians living in Yarmouk, 130,000 have been displaced,” Filippo Grandi said during a press conference in New York Monday. “Only 20,000 [Palestinians] remain and are trapped in the area amid fighting between the opposition and government forces.”


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