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Update: Durable Solutions for Syrian Refugees

The security situation in the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) remains fluid, and complex patterns of conflict and displacement continue in many areas. An estimated 1.1 million displacements were recorded in the first half of 2017, at an average of 7,300 displacements per day, notably in the context of the Ar-Raqqa offensive. Between January and May 2017, some 450,000 IDPs were estimated to have returned to their community of origin, 303,500 of whom in Aleppo Governorate. The estimated total number of IDPs remained at 6.3 million as of 31 March 2017, and some 13.5 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance within Syria according to OCHA statistics.

http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/UpdateonDurableSolutionsforSyrianRefugees-7August2017.pdf

 

The PKK’s Fateful Choice in Northern Syria

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliates face a stark choice: risk their gains in northern Syria through continued prioritisation of the PKK’s fight against Turkey, or pursue local self-rule in the area they have carved out of the chaos of the Syrian war.

https://d2071andvip0wj.cloudfront.net/176-the-pkk-s-fateful-choice-in-northern-syria.PDF

 

Report on arbitrary and unlawful practices by the Ministry of Interior and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Republic of Croatia related to (non)approval of international protection or status of foreigners in Croatia.

Croatian civil society organisations Are You Syrious and Centre for Peace Studies have published a report raising concerns over the increasing trend of rejection of asylum applications by the Croatian Asylum Department following negative security recommendations by the Security Intelligence Agency (SOA).

http://cms.hr/system/article_document/doc/403/CPS_and_AYS_-_Report_on_arbitrary_and_unlawful_practices_by_the_Ministry_of_Interior_and_the_Security_and_Intelligence_Agency__related_to__non_approval_of_international_protection_or_status_of_foreigners_in_Croatia.pdf

 

Death by Chemicals. The Syrian Government’s Widespread and Systematic Use of Chemical Weapons

The report, “Death by Chemicals: the Syrian Government’s Widespread and Systematic Use of Chemical Weapons,”identifies three different systems being used to deliver chemical weapons: government warplanes appear to have dropped bombs with nerve agents on at least four occasions since December 12; government helicopter-dropped chlorine-filled munitions have become more systematic; and government or pro-government ground forces have started using improvised ground-launched munitions filled with chlorine.

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/syria0517_web_2.pdf

 

Attack on the Omar Ibn al-Khatab Mosque. US Authorities’ Failure to Take Adequate Precautions

The report, “Attack on the Omar Ibn al-Khatab Mosque: US Authorities’ Failure to Take Adequate Precautions,” found that statements by US military authorities after the attack indicate that they failed to understand that the targeted building was a mosque, that prayer was about to begin, and that a religious lecture was taking place at the time of the attack. A proper analysis of the target and its use would probably have established at least some of these elements. Human Rights Watch has not found evidence to support the allegation that members of al-Qaeda or any other armed group were meeting in the mosque.

https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/syria0417_web.PDF

 

Not lost and not forgotten. Syrian children are fighting for their future with education

Six years into the armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, the situation continues to deteriorate. Over 5 million Syrians have taken refuge in the five neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, nearly half of them are children. An entire generation of Syrian children and youth are living through conflict and displacement. For many of them, this is the only life that they have experienced. They are on the verge of becoming a lost generation.

http://features.iom.int/stories/not-lost-not-forgotten/

Aid Inside Syria: Time to Go Small in a Bigger Way

Many of the Syrian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Turkey and providing humanitarian aid inside Syria have reached a high level of organizational and operational capacity that was previously absent.

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/506c8ea1e4b01d9450dd53f5/t/58c94763b3db2b0c3a887b34/1489586020272/2017.3.15+Syria.pdf

 

Hizbollah’s Syria Conundrum

Four years after plunging into Syria’s civil war, Hizbollah has achieved its core aim of preserving the Assad regime. Yet with no clear exit strategy, the Lebanese “Party of God” faces ever greater costs unless it can lower the sectarian flames, open dialogue with non-jihadist rebel groups and help pave the way for a negotiated settlement.

https://d2071andvip0wj.cloudfront.net/175-hizbollah-s-syria-conundrum.pdf