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U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was giving details of the $4.4 billion appeal to...

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'This is not a life': migrants stranded on Greek island

'This is not a life': migrants stranded on Greek island

Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets. Nearby, three Syrian men share a flimsy tent designed for two....

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8 Syrian refugee children died in deadly fire in Lebanon

8 Syrian refugee children died in deadly fire in Lebanon

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Eight Syrian refugee children, mostly family members, lost their lives when a fire tore through their camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley on Thursday, head of Syrian refugees affairs commission told Zaman al-Wasl. Abdul Rahman Akkari told Zaman al-Wasl in a...

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Syrians keep fleeing to Turkey despite smugglers greed

Syrians keep fleeing to Turkey despite smugglers greed

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Trafficking trade has grown after the shutting the border crossings and constructing a four meter high cement wall along the Turkish border has not stopped smugglers’ work, Syrian refugees say.  Abu Muhammed, who recently arrived to Turkey, told Zaman...

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Lebanon: refugee women victims of charities embezzlement

Lebanon: refugee women victims of charities embezzlement

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A Lebanese charity organization has deceived Syrian refugee women under the pretext of humanitarian work. Oum Abdo, 26, who fled the western Qalamoun during to border Lebanese towns in Bekaa valley, was one of hundreds of Syrian refugee women field workers...

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Rescue ship saves Syrian in boat off Libya

Rescue ship saves Syrian in boat off Libya

A Syrian refugee has been saved at sea after a last-minute check by humanitarian rescuers with binoculars 20 hours after he set out solo in a tiny rubber boat from Libya, where he said he had been working as practically a slave for three years, a rescue official said Monday.  The...

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Minibus smuggling people into Turkey crashes, killing 10

Minibus smuggling people into Turkey crashes, killing 10

A minibus smuggling people from Syria into Turkey hit a truck on the Turkish side of the border Sunday, killing 10 people on board and severely injuring seven others, according to the Dogan news agency. The head-on collision happened in Hatay province in the afternoon after a team of...

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Campaigners want refugees to move to Greek mainland

Campaigners want refugees to move to Greek mainland

Human rights organizations are urging the Greek government and the European Union to immediately start the transfer of asylum seekers to better conditions on Greece’s mainland as winter approaches. Human Rights Watch on Friday said this will be the second winter that asylum seekers...

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Turkey: Syrian refugee children see play in Istanbul

Turkey: Syrian refugee children see play in Istanbul

A group of Syrian children and their mothers saw a Turkish play Friday in Istanbul as part of their orientation to life in Turkey. Around 150 Syrian refugees enjoyed the play organized as part of ongoing orientation projects by the Istanbul Greater Municipality. The Women and...

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Palestinian Syrians: The Forgotten Refugees in Egypt

Palestinian Syrians: The Forgotten Refugees in Egypt

(Eqtsad)- “I was born in Syria, I have a Syrian identity document, and when I arrived in Egypt, I was not treated like a refuge or Syrian citizen neither by UNHCR nor by the Egyptian authorities.” These are the words of more than 5,000 Syrian Palestinians living in Egypt who were...

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Refugees: people keep fleeing Syria even with war-end talks

Refugees: people keep fleeing Syria even with war-end talks

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- A Syrian refugee family of 5 was found in a refugee shelter in the Asian side of Istanbul in Turkey tafter hree days of displacement and losing contact with realtives. The family, consisting of a father, mother and four children, experienced a harsh detention...

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Syrian child escapes death after playing with bomb

Syrian child escapes death after playing with bomb

Abdulkafi Auni, heavily wounded after unknowingly playing football with a bomb, is getting better every day in Turkey’s southern Kilis province. Nearly a week ago, five children were heavily wounded after playing with a bomb they found underneath the soil in Syria’s northeastern...

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Who can save Rawa'a from losing her eye

Who can save Rawa'a from losing her eye

(Zaman Al Wasl)- As Rawa'a, a 4-year-old Syrian refugee girl, plays in front of the door of her rented house near the Lebanese capital of Beirut, she is waiting for help that might save her right eye, which doctors decided to eradicate. Rawa'a  began to complain of pain in the eye...

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thousands back to school in Syria’s Aleppo as Turkey rebuilds over 400 war-torn schools

thousands back to school in Syria’s Aleppo as Turkey rebuilds over 400 war-torn schools

Over the last eight months, Turkey has rebuilt over 400 damaged schools in Syria's Aleppo region, enabling 152,000 children to continue with their educations. After Operation Euphrates Shield, in which Turkey backed the Syrian opposition against Daesh controlling Syrian towns, Turkey's...

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Jews and Syrians main targets of hate speech in Turkish media: Report

Jews and Syrians main targets of hate speech in Turkish media: Report

Jews and Syrians are the groups most frequently targeted by hate speech in Turkish media, the latest report on the topic has revealed. As many as 48 different ethnic groups and communities were targeted in 2,466 instances of media hate speech in the four months from May to August,...

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Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR

Australia should accept New Zealand offer to resettle refugees: UNHCR

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged Australia to accept New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees from an abandoned Australian-run detention center in Papua New Guinea, as about 450 men remain barricaded inside without food or water. The asylum seekers have...

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Germany's far-right AfD calls for repatriation of Syrian refugees

Germany's far-right AfD calls for repatriation of Syrian refugees

 The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party called on Thursday for the repatriation of half a million Syrian refugees living in Germany, saying the war there was nearly over and that President Bashar al-Assad had urged refugees to return home. Earlier on Thursday, Syria’s...

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Around 30,000 rejected asylum seekers reportedly disappeared in Germany

Around 30,000 rejected asylum seekers reportedly disappeared in Germany

Germany has lost track of 30,000 rejected asylum seekers, Bild daily reported on Thursday, piling pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel to agree a migrant policy with potential coalition partners that ensures no repeat of a migration crisis in 2015. The paper said migrants were on a December...

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