Statement on the reported killing of children in Aleppo

الخبر باللغة العربية Statement attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Amman, Jordan, December 16, 2013 – UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children. Reports say the attack took place on Sunday 15 December when improvised […]

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UN airlifts humanitarian aid to northeast Syria as displaced families face harsh winter

الخبر باللغة العربية JOINT PRESS RELEASE: QAMISHLY, Syria, 15 December 2013 – The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and UNICEF have started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as displaced families start to face one of the harshest winters ever as winter […]

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Girl student in school in Za'atari.

Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”

JOINT PRESS RELEASE:  الخبر باللغة العربية GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 – The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today. “Education Interrupted” highlights that since 2011 nearly 3 million children from Syria have been forced to […]

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UNICEF ramps up aid to children as winter storm hits Lebanon

 PRESS RELEASE الخبر باللغة العربية Beirut, 12 December 2013 – UNICEF ramps up aid to children as the first winter storm hits Lebanon. Over 110,000 of refugee children and their families face extreme weather conditions as increasingly dire conditions are reported at informal tented settlements and collective shelters. Families are running out of fuel to […]

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Polio immunization campaign kicked off as part of massive regional efforts

GAZA, 9 December 2013 – Joining efforts to stop a polio outbreak in Syria from spreading across the region, UNICEF is supporting Palestinian Ministry of Health partners to immunize up to 630,000 children aged five years and younger against polio. 

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Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East

الخبر  باللغة العربية UNICEF and WHO appeal for improved access to children CAIRO, AMMAN, 9 December 2013 – The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.

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UN humanitarian chiefs strongly condemn attacks on medical personnel and facilities by all parties to the Syria conflict

New York/Geneva, Friday 6 December 2013 – We strongly condemn attacks on health and any other civilian facilities in Syria and are deeply concerned by the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical supplies. This brutal conflict continues to result in substantial damage to health facilities across the country. Over 60 […]

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Another harsh winter bears down on Syria’s children

الخبر باللغة العربية PRESS RELEASE Displaced Syrian children particularly vulnerable to cold weather, inadequate water and sanitation GENEVA / AMMAN, 3 December 2013 – Nearly 5.5 million vulnerable Syrian children will soon face another season of harsh winter weather. January this year brought the coldest temperatures in more than a decade and UNICEF is very […]

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Emergency supplies arrive in hard-to-reach area north of Homs, Syria

Homs, 14 November 2013 – A joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy carrying emergency supplies has arrived in Zaafaraneh, a hard-to-reach area north of Homs city. The convoy consisted of 17 trucks carrying supplies including water, sanitation and hygiene kits, shelter materials, food, nutrition items, and medical supplies, along with school materials and recreation […]

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UNICEF supplies reach conflict-affected areas of Syria as part of large UN convoy

الخبر باللغة العربية Damascus, 15 November 2013 – A joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy successfully crossed the lines of conflict to deliver much needed emergency supplies to around 42,000 people in Syria’s besieged Homs governorate. A convoy of 33 truck and trailer units loaded with emergency supplies left Homs last Friday bound for Al […]

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Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

الخبر باللغة العربية STATEMENT Mortar attacks on schools kill 9 children in Damascus 29 students injured in the past three weeks   Damascus, 12 November 2013 – The killing of innocent children continues in war-torn Syria. UNICEF is outraged by the latest deadly attacks on schools in and around Damascus. Yesterday, five children were reportedly […]

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Vaccination campaign launched to provide lifesaving vaccines across Jordan

الخبر باللغة العربية Amman – 2 November 2013 – Today marks the first day of a 3 week national vaccination campaign against Measles, Rubella and Polio. Those aged six months to twenty years will receive Measles and Rubella, while children under five years of age will be immunized against polio. 

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Japan ramps up support for children of Syria

AMMAN, 10 November 2013 – A new, US$4 million-donation from the Government of Japan will help UNICEF provide much needed humanitarian assistance to over 200,000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced people inside Syria and surrounding countries. 

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In Lebanon, a mass Polio immunization campaign targets hundreds of thousands of children

الخبر باللغة العربية PRESS RELEASE Beirut, 8 November 2013 – Amidst concerns of the polio outbreak in Syria, UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health launch today a mass vaccination campaign across Lebanon targeting hundreds of thousands of Lebanese and Syrian children under-five. 

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Over 20 million children to be vaccinated in Syria and neighbouring countries against polio, say WHO and UNICEF

الخبر باللغة العربية JOINT STATEMENT A week after the Middle East declared a polio emergency in the region, mass vaccination against polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases is under way in Syria, its neighbouring countries and beyond Geneva, New York, 8 November – The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to […]

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