Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

 Syria: First Batch of Essential Aid Reaches People Trapped in Eastern Ghouta

In recent weeks, the situation for the tens of thousands of people living in Eastern Ghouta has reached a breaking point. Following a spike in hostilities in November, families have been living under near-constant shelling. Many have resorted to hiding in shelters underground in a desperate attempt to stay alive - with little food to sustain them. Today's joint 46-truck convoy with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the United Nations will hopefully provide some relief. Aid includes food parcels, flour, and medical supplies for 27,500 people. Read more about the situation in Eastern Ghouta on ICRC's website

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The People of Syria, Six Years in Crisis, Syria March 17, 2017

For six years, violence has brought death and destruction to the people of Syria. Millions have been forced from their homes or have fled the country. Eight million Syrians remain displaced within Syria. Five million people live in besieged cities and hard-to-reach areas and 4.8 million Syrians have fled, living as refugees in neighboring countries and beyond. Many of these are the most vulnerable, including children. Since the beginning, in spite of the dangers, the ICRC, alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, has been providing food and life-saving support to Syrians. This year alone, our team in Syria has carried out more than 57 cross frontline operations, bringing food and essential aid to eight million people, and clean water to millions more. And while these statistics are critical, it’s important to remember that behind each of these numbers are individuals, struggling to survive and protect their families and loved ones in the middle of a conflict zone. You can read more stories at SyriaStreet.com. For this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the conversations and discussions happening around the people living and working in Syria as portrayed by the media and other online outlets. 

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Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

Viewpoint: Why it is Unconscionable to Attack Syria's Aid Workers

The deadly bombing of a UN-aid convoy in a rebel-held part of Syria last Monday threw the spotlight on the dangers facing humanitarian workers there - and the suffering of civilians whose lives depend on their help. Robert Mardini, ICRC's Middle East Director spoke out against a growing catalogue of attacks on aid workers in the Syrian war in a compelling op-ed ran on BBC.com. 

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No Safe Place in Aleppo

No Safe Place in Aleppo

People in eastern Aleppo are living through “hell on earth,” the ICRC`s spokesperson in Syria told CNN last week. Hostilities have only intensified on both sides of Aleppo since then. Nowhere and no one is safe in Aleppo This has to stop. For the sake of people suffering immensely in Aleppo, let’s hope that we soon see a de-escalation of hostilities, daily humanitarian pauses that can offer relief, and a commitment by all sides to allow all those that wish to leave Aleppo to do so safely.

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“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

“This has to stop” – ICRC says indiscriminate fighting in Syria’s Aleppo taking heavy toll on civilians

The Syrian city of Aleppo is seeing some of the fiercest fighting in months, and the ICRC is concerned about the alarming lack of respect for civilians, health facilities and civilian infrastructure, as well as the growing humanitarian needs in the city.

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Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Syria: Aleppo on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

Intense battles that have been raging in Aleppo have seen a key hospital destroyed with significant loss of life and are putting millions at grave risk. "There is no neighborhood of the city that hasn't been hit. People are living on the edge. Everyone here fears for their lives and nobody knows what is coming next."

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"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

"On This Day in History" Syria, March 2011

Five years ago this week, fighting began in Syria and has yet to stop. The ICRC's head of delegation in Syria, Marianne Gasser, has witnessed the conflict from the start,  and argues that only a political solution can stop the suffering.

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Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Homs, Syria: A Day in the Life

Today marks the beginning of 5 years of hostilities in Syria, a once modern and vibrant country that has been ripped apart by conflict. In February, photographer Jerome Sessini travelled to Syria to document the devastating toll of five years of fighting. His photos, featured in this post, were captured during his time in Homs, giving us a glimpse into the everyday life of a ghost-like town.

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ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

ICRC President on Syria: "Time to End This Horrendous War"

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has urged the parties to the Syrian conflict to allow aid deliveries to all people in need and to continue to work towards a political solution to end the suffering of millions of people. He said there needed to be a concerted effort by all those 'with influence' to bring to an end the devastating war which is entering its sixth year.

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Interactive Map of the Red Cross Family Links Response to the Migrants & Refugees in Europe

Interactive Map of the Red Cross Family Links Response to the Migrants & Refugees in Europe

As hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants pass through several European countries, often very rapidly, the Red Cross Societies have deployed staff and volunteers to border crossings, railway stations and other locations where migrants and refugees pass through or are accommodated.

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Donor Countries Pledge Billions at Syrian Conference in London

Donor Countries Pledge Billions at Syrian Conference in London

Earlier today at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference in London, nations pledged to give billions of dollars in aid to Syrians, 6 million of which are displaced within Syria and another 4 million refugees that are in other countries. Included in the pledges was a $601 million boost in humanitarian assistance from the United States, including $32 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

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Syria: Over 450 people Evacuated From Hard to Reach and Besieged Towns

Syria: Over 450 people Evacuated From Hard to Reach and Besieged Towns

On 28 December 2015, The United Nations (UN) in Syria, in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) successfully facilitated the evacuation of more than 450 people including the injured and their accompanying family members, following a local Agreement concerning the Syrian towns of Foua, Kafraya in Idleb and Zabadani and Madaya in Rif Damascus.

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Syria: Vienna talks must focus on respect for International Humanitarian Law

Syria: Vienna talks must focus on respect for International Humanitarian Law

As major powers gather in Vienna for fresh talks to try to end the conflict in Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called on states to intensify efforts to ease the Syrian people’s suffering by increasing respect for International Humanitarian Law.

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