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UNESCO, KUWAIT PROJECTS ONGOING FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES – OFFICIAL

AMMAN, -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said that joint projects with Kuwait to improve the conditions of Syrian refugees in the region are still ongoing.

UNESCO has, so far, received USD five million worth of grants from Kuwait to support educational programs for the Syrian refugees, Dr. Hamed Al-Hammami, Director UNESCO Regional Office, stated to KUNA.

Al-Hammami made his remarks on the sidelines of Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) delegation's meeting with UN and Jordanian officials in Amman regarding the Foundation's project to educate and rehabilitate Syrian refugees.

He expressed his pride in the "fruitful" cooperation with Kuwait since the first donors' conference in Kuwait to support and improve and conditions of Syrian refugees.

UNESCO is currently on the verge of another cooperation with Kuwait after the GCC-member country announced, during the 4th donors' conference in London last February, allocation of donations and grants to back the education sectors at hosting countries of Syrian refugees, including Jordan and Lebanon, he noted.

Some 290,000 people lost their lives since the outbreak of violence in Syria in March 2011, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported Monday.

An exact figure of 292,817 people, 84,472 of which civilians, including 14,711 children, were killed, the London-based observatory said in a statement.

As for fighters, the SOHR said they amounted to 50,548 of various warring groups on the Syrian the battleground.

In Aleppo, SOHR noted that it received information that the Syrian regime discharged Gen. Adib Mohammad, the head of the security committee in the city, and appointed Maj. Gen. Saleh Zaid instead, after the factions' advancement in the south and southwest of Aleppo, and breaking the siege of the eastern neighborhoods, and cutting Ramouseh road, which is the main supply road for the regime forces in Aleppo.

Source: Name News Network