Syrian refugees living in the Lebanese town of Arsal say the army will not let them leave without special permission. The town has been a security hotspot since fighters from the al-Qaeda linked group al-Nusra Front and men who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control in August. The army is now back in charge, but refugees say they are still being punished. Al Jazeera’s Nicole Johnston reports from Arsal.
Millions of YouTube viewers have been captivated by the ‘Syrian hero boy‘ who manages to rescue a little girl while under gunfire. Now a group of Norwegian filmmakers have told BBC Trending they are behind it. They say it was filmed on location in Malta this summer with the intention of being presented as real.
Syria’s winter season is usually very cold and includes heavy rainfall, putting displaced families living in refugee camps at risk.There is also a threat of disease spreading among these camps, but the international community can not keep up with the needs and methods of prevention.One of the camps has been flooded and more than 400 tents were destroyed.Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports from Beirut.
By: Tom McKay
The news: Just as the number of fleeing refugees passed the 3 million mark on Friday, the United Nations has declared the war in Syria to be the “biggest humanitarian crisis of our era,” according to a statement by António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Source: VOA News
By: Lisa Schlein
GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency says more than three years of civil war in Syria has forced three million people to flee their homeland, and the fighting is only intensifying. UNHCR reports the flight from Syria has created the world’s largest population of refugees under that U.N. agency’s care.