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SYRIA: Orphans benefit from Japanese grant

DAMASCUS, 17 Dec 2004 (IRIN) - Orphans in two govenorates of Syria are to benefit from Japanese grants awarded to two local NGOs this week. Full report

SYRIA: “Tremendous increase” in Iraqis seeking protection, says UNHCR

AMMAN, 31 Mar 2003 (IRIN) - There has been a “tremendous increase” in the past couple of days of Iraqis seeking temporary protection letters from the Damascus office of the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, spokesman Peter Kessler told a news conference on Monday in the Jordanian capital, Amman. A protection letter amounts to a recognition of refugee status and enables the holder to seek asylum. Full report

SYRIA: First Iraqi refugees in region cross border at Al-Yarubiyah

AMMAN, 24 Mar 2003 (IRIN) - The first officially-recognised Iraqi refugees fleeing the conflict in Iraq entered neighbouring Syria from the north on Sunday at the Al-Yarubiyah border crossing, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, reported. Full report

SYRIA: UN hails decision to open border, support Iraqi refugees

AMMAN, 21 Mar 2003 (IRIN) - The UN has hailed the decision of the Syrian government on Thursday to open its borders and offer unlimited support to Iraqi refugees fleeing hostilities in their country, something it had previously refused to do. Full report



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