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60K Syrian Refugees On Jordanian Border Without Access To Food, Medicine, MSF Warns

New York Times: After Attack, Syrian Refugees Grapple With Food Shortage on Jordan’s Edge “…For a week, since a suicide bomber blew himself up, killing seven Jordanian security officials, the [Syrian] refugees, now numbering at least 60,000, have not had access to food or medicine, as they had in previous…

Opinion Piece, Editorial Discuss Syrian Health, Humanitarian Crisis

New York Times: In Syria, Starving Instead of Fasting Avi Asher-Schapiro, freelance journalist “…It’s hard to overstate the psychological and physical devastation food deprivation unleashes during Ramadan, a holiday organized around the ritual of fasting all day, and feasting with family all night. … After five years of civil war,…

Most MERS Cases In New Riyadh Outbreak Linked To Misdiagnosed Woman, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO details Riyadh hospital MERS outbreak as new UAE, Saudi cases noted “The World Health Organization (WHO) [Tuesday] released more details about a MERS-CoV outbreak at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, triggered by a woman whose illness wasn’t detected until after she was admitted to a vascular…

Aid Delivery To Syria Remains Highly Challenging; WFP Defends Neutrality Of Deliveries

IRIN: U.N. defends impartiality of Syria aid “The World Food Programme has hit back strongly at allegations that the U.N. has allowed its aid operations in Syria to be controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, emboldening the siege warfare tactics that have become characteristic of the five-year…

Humanosphere Discusses Aid Air Drops In Syria

Humanosphere: Russia stands in the way of humanitarian air drops in Syria Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy writes, “With roughly 20 towns and cities under siege in Syria, the best possible way to provide assistance to people cut off from food and other supplies is through air drops. The U.N. wants…

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