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Editorials Urge Global Community To Fund Food Aid For Syrian Refugees

The Guardian: The Guardian view on the Syrian crisis: if we can’t tackle the cause, at least we should deal with symptoms Editorial Board “…In a decision intended to ring alarm bells, the United Nations’ World Food Programme has announced that it is suspending food aid in the region because…

Progress Made In Delivering Aid To Syria, But Global Community Must Do More To Alleviate Humanitarian Suffering, End Violence, U.N. Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: humanitarian efforts falling short, U.N. relief chief warns, calling for end to violence “While humanitarians have made some progress in delivering much-needed supplies to the growing numbers of people in conflict-riven Syria, efforts by the United Nations and its partners are still falling short, a top…

U.S. Must Lead World In Protecting Health Workers In Syria

New York Times: In Syria, Doctors Become the Victims Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and M. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society “…International law is supposed to protect health workers treating anyone who is sick or wounded. Not in Syria:…

UNHCR Faces Increasing Pressure To Assist Displaced In Syria, Iraq As Winter Begins

News outlets report on UNHCR’s warning that a cold winter and food shortages threaten those displaced by conflict in Syria and Iraq. Reuters: U.N. says 13.6 million displaced by wars in Iraq and Syria “About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in…

U.N. Steps Up Humanitarian Aid Appeal As Winter Temperatures Hit IDPs In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: as cold weather hits displaced persons, U.N. steps up humanitarian appeal “As temperatures plummet across Iraq amid a steadily advancing cold season, humanitarian resources are urgently required in order to satisfy the needs of over one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) scattered across the country, a…

HIV Patients In Yemen Denied Health Care, HRW Says

Media sources highlight claims from Human Rights Watch that HIV patients in Yemen are denied health care services. New York Times: HIV Patients in Yemen Face Hospital Evictions “Patients infected with HIV are being ordered out of hospitals in Yemen, even when they are in dire need of care, a…

Saudi Arabia Confirms Six New MERS Cases Within 24 Hours

Reuters: Saudi Arabia finds six new MERS cases as outbreak grows “Saudi Arabia said late on Wednesday it had detected six new cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 24 hours, the biggest daily jump for months with officials blaming lax hospital procedures…” (McDowall, 10/20).