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Lebanon faces ‘national calamity’ as refugee crisis deepens, UN relief official warns

14 July 2014 – The top United Nations relief official in Lebanon today warned of the implications for Lebanon as the number of refugees in the country grows amid the ongoing conflict in Syria as well as unrest in Iraq and now Gaza.

UN chief appoints Staffan de Mistura as special envoy for Syria crisis

10 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Latest boat tragedy off Libya coast spotlights rising Mediterranean death toll – UN agency

08 July 2014 – Search and rescue operations are ongoing for survivors following a recent boat accident in the Mediterranean, the latest tragic incident off the Libyan coast of Tripoli, according to the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR).

Syrian refugee mothers in ‘spiral of hardship’, UN reports

08 July 2014 – One in four of all Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who, on their own, are struggling to make ends meet and take care of their increasingly traumatized families, the United Nations today reported, calling for more resources to aid these single mothers.