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U.S. Senate Holds Hearing On Syrian Refugees; U.N. Appeals For Aid For Syrian Children

News outlets recap a U.S. Senate hearing held on Tuesday to examine the refugee crisis in Syria, as well as report on a U.N. appeal for aid to Syrian children and the delivery of medical supplies in the country.

VOA News: U.S. Aid for Syrian Refugees Examined, Criticized by Lawmakers
“U.S. officials say the Syrian refugee crisis is deepening and overwhelming the ability of aid providers to respond to a humanitarian disaster of horrific proportions. On Tuesday, U.S. lawmakers heard a sobering assessment from America’s top refugee and humanitarian aid officials and responded with impatient calls for more to be done…” (Bowman, 1/7).

The Hill’s Global Affairs Blog: Support grows for more Syrian refugees
“A Senate hearing on Tuesday revealed growing bipartisan support for allowing more Syrian refugees into the U.S. Lawmakers on the Judiciary human-rights panel pressed the Obama administration to relax standards that reject applicants who have supported armed factions, even ones the U.S. government itself supports. Members of both parties also urged passage of provisions of the stalled immigration reform bill that could help Syrians…” (Pecquet, 1/7).

C-SPAN Video: Syrian Refugees
“Diplomatic and security officials testified on the Syrian refugee crisis in which 2.3 million Syrians have fled the country since the outbreak of the civil war…” (1/7).

U.N. News Centre: U.N., partners seek $1 billion to save Syria’s children from becoming ‘lost generation’
“The United Nations and its humanitarian partners today appealed for $1 billion to save millions of Syrian children from becoming a ‘lost generation,’ doomed by the civil war in their country to a life of despair, diminished opportunities and broken futures…” (1/7).

WHO: WHO delivers more than 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo
“Over the past two weeks WHO delivered two shipments with more than 125 tons of medical equipment and medicines to health providers in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic — in both government-controlled and in opposition-controlled areas. All shipments contained surgical materials, medicines to treat chronic and infectious diseases, infant incubators, ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds…” (1/7).