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21 February 2013

Aleppo is home to more than 80 percent of Syria’s Armenian community, and those who are still there remain at the center of the battle for control of the country. (..) People there [in Aleppo] are dealing with shortages of food, medicine and electricity during the coldest winter in the Middle East in two decades.


18 February 2013

Time has forgotten parts of southern Lebanon, even if war and occupation have not. (..) All of Lebanon’s peripheries are underdeveloped, and in fact, the north and east of the country - now sheltering tens of thousands of Syrian refugees - are even worse off. (..) But as the Syrian refugee crisis in northern and eastern parts of the country has distracted donors, aid workers and the government alike, the pleas in this remote and delicate part of the country are falling - for the most part - on deaf ears.


15 February 2013

In Aleppo, Syria's largest city and a once-bustling commercial hub, scenes of people searching through big rubbish bins are now commonplace. They are collecting plastic bags and other flammable material they can use to warm themselves in the chilly Syrian winter. (..) Today, boots originally made for the government soldiers now shelling rebel-held neighbourhoods have become a means to keep families in these areas warm.


15 February 2013

Dweik, his wife and child are among some 150 families who have returned to Gaza from Syria, according to the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria (begun by a number of Palestinian figures and NGOs in response to the flight of refugees from Syria). (..) Many, though not all, of those fleeing Syria have extended families in Gaza that offer some support. The returnees also have access to the same UNRWA-provided services as all other Palestinian refugees in Gaza: food, education, health care.


15 February 2013

"A WFP (World Food Programme) team visited the area and estimated that around 40,000 people have fled al-Shaddadeh to al-Hasakah city (the regional capital)," the U.N. agency told journalists in Geneva on Friday. Northeastern Syria was hit by four years of drought before the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad started nearly two years ago, resulting in high rates of malnutrition among children, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.


14 February 2013

Jordan must not be left alone to deal with the Syrian refugees, an EU fact-finding mission said on Wednesday. (..) The delegation also called on the Arab states to share some of the burden Jordan is carrying, and learn from the EU’s experience in that regard. The EU, for its part, is expected to show solidarity and come to the aid of the Syrian refugees, instead of leaving it to Syria’s neighbouring countries, the MEPs said.


13 February 2013

“The nutrition situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan, while not yet serious, could deteriorate with this protracted humanitarian emergency and many of these refugees are exhausting their savings, if indeed they came with any,” said Jonathan Campbell, the World Food Programme’s emergency coordinator for the Syria Refugee Operation in Jordan.


13 February 2013

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is feeding more than 7,000 Syrian refugees in Egypt through a newly-launched food voucher operation that is underway in other parts of the region. (..) Last week, more than 3,000 Syrian refugees received vouchers in the first round of distribution in the Cairo satellite cities of Al-Obour and 6th of October City, as well as Damietta near the Nile. WFP is planning to reach an additional 4,000 Syrians in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria by the end of this month.


11 February 2013

Lebanon should consider setting up transit centers to absorb the waves of refugees fleeing neighboring Syria and may have to establish formal refugee camps if the influx continues, a United Nations refugee official said.


11 February 2013

International traders challenged Syrian officials' estimates that the government has enough wheat stored to last a year despite the raging 22-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule. (..) A kilo of bread now sells closer to market prices at about 100 Syrian pounds ($1.4), four times its fixed price, residents in several areas across Syria said. Last month the U.N. aid agency the World Food Programme (WFP) has said there were signs of availability problems with wheat flour and bread.