Syria Crisis

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300,000 UNRWA children start school in conflict-ravaged Gaza and Syria
Nearly 300,000 children went back to UNRWA schools at the start of the school year in Gaza and Syria today. “In Gaza, conflict has profoundly affected the traditional learning environment and delayed the academic year for almost three weeks,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl. "But after the traumatic 50 days of brutal conflict, of death, destruction and massive displacement, including to many of our schools, we are determined to give the children a sense of renewed hope and better prospects by opening the schools so soon again."
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Few groups are as vulnerable, as full of potential or as in need of support as the Palestine refugee children of Syria. Of the 460,000 Palestine refugees currently in Syria, more than a third (about 184,000) are children. Education has provided hope for successive generations of Palestine refugees, which makes it all the more critical for UNRWA to ensure education continues in the midst of the ongoing crisis. UNRWA taught 39,600 Palestine refugee students throughout Syria in the first half of 2014, adjusting its education programme due to the conflict. To make up for the loss of schools that were either destroyed or converted to shelters for displaced people, UNRWA ran double shifts in its 42 operational school buildings and held classes in 43 government schools during the afternoon, after the government classes had finished for the day. UNRWA also set up teaching points with volunteers, and negotiated to help students in besieged areas take their national exams. UNRWA provided food, small cash stipends and accommodation to about 120 grade nine students who were able to exit the besieged Yarmouk Camp for the duration of their exams. Grade nine exams are an important milestone that...
Syria Regional Crisis Response 78
More than half a million Palestine refugees are directly affected by the conflict in Syria. The UNRWA response aims to preserve refugees' resilience through the continuation of UNRWA services plus humanitarian relief. For a more detailed overview, see the Agency's 2014 Syria regional crisis response here. This biweekly update covers UNRWA efforts from 6 to 31 August.
On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA Honours its Courageous Staff Members in Syria
Over 3,500 UNRWA staff currently work in Syria, serving Palestine refugees in a situation of intense and ongoing armed conflict. On World Humanitarian Day, UNRWA wishes to recognise the heroism of these colleagues and to honour those twelve that have lost their lives as a result of the conflict. UNRWA’s Yarmouk team is just one example among many of the courage and professionalism demonstrated by UNRWA staff in Syria. They are humanitarian heroes in the most literal sense. Every day, these women and men cross into an active battleground, facing shelling, armed clashes and sniper fire to deliver life-saving assistance to 18,000 trapped civilians. They comprise logisticians, labourers, doctors, nurses, security officers and mission leaders, all serving the people of Yarmouk with the highest standards of professionalism and courage. Many are former residents of Yarmouk themselves, working within sight of their own shattered homes. Since first reaching the besieged area in January 2014 and following 12 months without access, this closely-knit team has successfully responded to widespread and acute malnutrition, typhoid outbreaks and civilian casualties, all while gunfire regularly...
Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

Midyear Review of the 2014 Syria Regional Crisis Response

UNRWA works to preserve refugee resilience through humanitarian relief

Palestine refugees from Syria have been severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, with virtually all of their residential areas experiencing armed engagements or the use of heavy weapons. Of the total 540,000 Palestine refugees in Syria, almost all require assistance.

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Displacement of Palestine refugees from Syria in 2014


Of the 540,000 Palestine refugees from Syria registered with UNRWA, 440,000 remain in Syria with 270,000 internally displaced. All nine Palestine refugee camps are affected by the conflict. Palestine refugees’ coping mechanisms are stretched by unemployment, inflation and lack of access to goods and services. This compounding poverty exposes them to new vulnerabilities. 


In early May 2014, the Lebanese Government introduced additional restrictions on the entry and legal status of PRS fleeing from Syria to Lebanon.  This resulted in the denial of entry to an overwhelming majority of PRS trying to leave Syria for safety in Lebanon. Furthermore, PRS already in country are no longer allowed to extend their visas and regulate their status in Lebanon. Therefore, they face an array of protection concerns including limits on their freedom of movement and inability to complete essential civil registration procedures such as birth registration.  


Unlike Syrian refugees, Palestinians from Syria have been barred from entering Jordan since January 2013. UNRWA continues to appeal to the authorities to review the policy and grant Palestine refugees the same humanitarian rights provided to other refugees. 



Funding Requirements

The total pledged amount against the 2014 Response Plan stands at $109.2 million, including $33.7 million pledged in 2013 for implementation in 2014. This amount is equivalent to 26 per cent of the total budget of the 2014 Syria regional crisis response required for January-December 2014 ($417 million). 

Of the total response plan, 74 per cent is budgeted for implementation in Syria, 22 per cent in Lebanon, 3.5 per cent in Jordan and 0.5 per cent for regional coordination.

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Total Appeal$417,400,000
Received to Date$196,400,000
52.95% Gap