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Read the latest press releases, statements and news notes from the Syrian Arab Republic

Joint Statement on Syria- WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, WHO, UNHCR
DAVOS, Switzerland, January 16 2017– While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

Update on water cuts in Syria
GENEVA, 6 January 2017 – Millions of people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from running water for two weeks. Fighting in and around Wadi Barada, on the outskirts of Damascus where the two primary water sources are located, has resulted in damages to the water network.

Winter is the latest threat to children living on the brink across the Middle East
AMMAN, 20 December 2016 – Unseasonably cold temperatures and winter weather are sweeping across the Middle East, threatening millions of children affected by crisis in the region. UNICEF is facing a $38 million funding gap as it races to provide life-saving assistance – including warm clothing, blankets and winter supplies - to children and families as the cold settles in.

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the evacuation of children from an orphanage in East Aleppo
AMMAN, 19 December 2016 – "This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration."

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children trapped in Aleppo
NEW YORK, 16 December 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.

Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the children of Aleppo
AMMAN, 13 December 2016 - “As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches.

Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, on the deteriorating situation for children in Aleppo and across the country
ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, 7 December 2016 – "I have just travelled back from Aleppo where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.

Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere to the Security Council on the Situation of Children in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 30 November 2016 – “Thank you, Mr. President, distinguished members, ladies and Gentlemen.

Half a million children live under siege in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 27 November 2016 – As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.

Stop bombing schools and hospitals, says UNICEF
AMMAN, 21 November 2016 – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 10 November 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week, along with his eldest son Micheal, where he met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict - now close to its sixth year.

Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria on the killings of children at a kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus
DAMASCUS, 6 November 2016 - “A kindergarten was reportedly hit in an attack today in the town of Harasta, in Rural Damascus, a few kilometres from the capital, killing at least four children and injuring many more.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on multiple attacks on schools in Syria
NEW YORK, 27 October 2016 – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 26 October 2016 – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria.

Children in war-torn Syria risk their lives to go to school
DAMASCUS/ GENEVA, 21 October 2016- With the start of the school year in Syria, over 1.7 million children remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.

Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on children killed in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 14 October 2016 - “Yesterday’s attack near the Hatem Al Taai primary school in Aleppo city killed four children and injured three others.  The children were on their way to school in the morning hours when mortars hit the area.

Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attack on a school in Daraa
DAMASCUS, 12 October 2016 - “UNICEF deplores yesterday’s attack on the “That al-Netaqeen” primary school in the city of Daraa which killed five school children, aged between four and 16, and left 15 other children injured. The conflict in Syria has plummeted to such lows that children are now risking their lives just to attend school.

"The murder of the innocents in Aleppo must stop" - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – “In Aleppo, 96 children killed and 223 children injured in merciless attacks this week alone.  Each one, a daughter or a son.

Children in Aleppo trapped in “living nightmare” - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth
NEW YORK, 28 September 2016 – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.

Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attacks and deliberate water cuts in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 23 September 2016 – “Nearly 2 million people in Aleppo are once again with no running water through the public network.

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