News in Brief 05 March 2015 (PM)

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Refugee from Syria in Tyre, South Lebanon. Photo: Kate Brooks/UNRWA Archives

Impact of Syria crisis on neighbouring countries discussed in Lebanon

The impact of the crisis in Syria on neighbouring countries was the focus of a meeting on Thursday between the UN and officials from the Lebanese Government.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, said additional support is needed for the conflict's refugees, while thanking Lebanon for hosting over one million people.

She said she hoped donors at the forthcoming Kuwait Conference will generously support these efforts as well as Lebanon's economic stability.

US$747 million needed urgently for Yemen

A revised aid appeal for Yemen has been launched by UN agencies and humanitarian partners.

They are seeking more than US$747 million to address the urgent needs of 8.2 million people in 2015.

The funding will help organizations provide essential life-saving aid, including food assistance.

Despite the formation of a new government in November 2014, the Middle Eastern country remains unstable.

Humanitarian assistance arriving in Iraqi city Samarra

Humanitarian agencies are reporting that a small number of families in Iraq continue to arrive in the city of Samarra every day.

Heavy fighting between Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Islamic State has forced thousands of families to move there.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says aid assistance is beginning to arrive in Samarra, and a needs assessment will be conducted in the coming days.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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