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Need more funds for Syria: UN chief
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Need more funds for Syria: UN chief

Sep 18 2013, 3:06am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Sep 18 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global efforts to make up for the huge shortfall in funding for the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

United Nations, Sep 18 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global efforts to make up for the huge shortfall in funding for the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Addressing the 68th session...

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Need more funds for Syria: UN chief

Sep 18 2013, 3:06am CDT | by IANS

United Nations, Sep 18 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global efforts to make up for the huge shortfall in funding for the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

United Nations, Sep 18 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for global efforts to make up for the huge shortfall in funding for the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Addressing the 68th session of the UN General Assembly Tuesday, he warned thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon could face reductions in vital food aid, reports Xinhua.

"We have raised just 40 percent of the $4.4 billion needed for Syria and neighbouring countries for this year," Ban said at the session.

He called on governments to help meet this "unprecedented crisis" while still meeting their commitments to other emergencies.

The number of Syrian refugees has reached two million and the figure is expected to rise to 3.5 million at the end of this year, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

More than 100,000 Syrians have been reportedly killed, over two million have fled to neighbouring countries, such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey since the beginning of the political crisis and conflict in the Middle East country in March 2011.

Ban called the situation "desperate" in his briefing largely devoted to the findings of a UN report that Sarin gas was used in a chemical attack that reportedly killed hundreds of people on the outskirts of Damascus, the Syrian capital, Aug 21.

Outlining the severe consequences of the funding shortfall, UN agencies called for greater generosity to avert a cutback in food aid next month for thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, where $127 million still needs to be raised.

Nearly 720,000 Syrians have so far poured into Lebanon, while funding for Lebanon is only 27 percent covered, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva, citing the needs of the UN World Food Program.

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Jul 14 2014 2:47pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

A U.N. convoy delivers much needed aid to the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria CREDIT: AP Photo/UNRWA After months of mounting frustration, the United Nations on Monday stripped Syria’s government of the ability to block humanitarian aid, granting agencies the ability to cross into Syria without Damascus’ approval. In a unanimous vote, the fifteen-member U.N. Security Council passed resolution 2165, which opened up f ...
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Is Israel and Hamas Ready for a Ceasefire?

Jul 14 2014 1:04pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Ban Ki-moon Visits Germany
Operation Protective Edge, Israel's response to hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad rockets falling onto its territory, is now 7 days old as of this writing. Nearly 900 rockets of various design have been launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli population centers -- including, for the first time, Tel Aviv and the port city of Haifa, where air-raid sirens have forced Israeli families to scurry for bomb shelters in the middle of ...
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Jul 14 2014 9:41am CDT | Source: Big Government

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Tel Aviv, Israel -- Monday morning, Israel detected and destroyed a Hamas drone flying over the skies of Ashdod, a city within close distance to the Gaza border. Israel utilized a Patriot Surface-to-Air (SAM) missile battery to shoot down the drone. Hamas claims it has launched at least six Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into Israel Monday. The Muslim Brotherhood terror group said that it has created three different drones, tasked for ...
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