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08 Feb 2016 description

(New York, 8 February 2016) I am gravely concerned by reports that over 30,000 civilians have been displaced from Aleppo city and other areas in northern Syria over the past week, by heavy clashes and aerial bombardment by the Government of Syria, allied forces and armed groups. About 80 per cent of them are estimated to be women and children. We have reports that civilians have been killed and injured, and that civilian infrastructure, including at least two hospitals, has been hit.

08 Feb 2016 description
report Islamic Relief

Alhamdulillah, thanks to the fantastic response from our generous donors we were able to deliver a project in Madaya providing vital life saving aid. We contributed an initial £25,000 as part of a much larger project providing hundreds of individuals with food packs consisting of rice, flour, canned beans, meat and houmous. With this being the initial response, further delivery of aid is currently being planned.

08 Feb 2016 description

In December 2015, Palestinian farmers in the Gaza Strip reported that Israeli military planes had sprayed their land with herbicides on three days that month: 8, 21 and 23 December. The spraying covered areas up to 200 meters west of the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel. The spraying extended from the center of the Gaza Strip to the south, from areas to the east of al-Bureij Refugee Camp to land east of Khuza’ah. This action was undertaken despite the fact that in 2014, the military informed Palestinians that they could farm land up to 100 meters from the fence.

08 Feb 2016 description
report La Nación

Las fuertes precipitaciones también causaron un alud en el acceso a Purmamarca

Más de un centenar de personas fueron evacuadas hoy en la localidad jujeña de Tilcara debido a las intensas precipitaciones registradas en en las últimas horas en la Quebrada de Humahuaca que provocaron el desborde del río Grande.

Si bien el gobierno de Jujuy ya dispuso un operativo de emergencia y asistencia a los afectados, hasta el momento las autoridades estimaron que los evacuados son "algo más de cien" personas.

08 Feb 2016 description

Despite the harsh winter conditions, the flow of refugees and migrants from Turkey into Greece remains high. Every day, between 2 000 and 3 000 people land on Greek islands and they need basic emergency assistance.

The European Commission and EU Member States have been supporting Greece in managing the continuing arrival of refugees and migrants by providing emergency assistance items and equipment.

08 Feb 2016 description

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 19:57 GMT

Sudan's military on Monday called on civilians displaced by two weeks of fighting in Darfur's Jebel Marra to return to their homes, claiming to have captured most of the area.

The rebels strongly denied the claim and urged the international community to intervene to protect civilians.

08 Feb 2016 description

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes. The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika; provide public health laboratories with diagnostic tests; and detect and report cases both domestically and internationally.

08 Feb 2016 description
report Redhum

Costa Rica, 08 de Febrero 2016
Fuente: La Prensa Libre

Ayer a eso de la medianoche, los Bomberos continuaban tratando de apagar el incendio forestal que había iniciado a las 2:45 de la tarde en Caballo Blanco de Sardinal.

Preliminarmente, se habla de que el fuego inició por la quema de un charral, la cual se propagó a 10 hectáreas, debido a la sequía de la zona y los fuertes vientos.

08 Feb 2016 description
report Redhum

Guatemala, 08 de Febrero 2016
Fuente: Prensa Libre

El Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (Insivumeh) informó este lunes que monitorean la actividad de los volcanes Santiaguito, Pacaya y de Fuego, debido al incremento en la cantidad de humo que han lanzado en las últimas horas.

Entre Retalhuleu y Quetzaltenango, luego de las intensas explosiones del volcán Santiaguito, el Insivumeh detalla que el cono mantiene una desgasificación débil y que lanza una columna de humo que alcanza 2 mil 800 metros sobre el nivel del mar.

08 Feb 2016 description

Al menos 140 familias, 700 personas se encuentran afectadas por un movimiento en masa – agrietamiento- que se presenta en el Resguardo de Aponte, Municipio de Tablón de Gómez, habitado principalmente por indígenas de la etnia Inga. Producto del movimiento, 130 viviendas han resultado afectadas; 42 familias se encuentran albergadas en casas de vecinos y esperan recibir subsidio de arrendamiento; un número no determinado de familias se ha desplazado hacía otros lugares donde familiares (Pasto, Ipiales, entre otros).

08 Feb 2016 description

'The humanitarian situation in parts of Ukraine is serious. Five million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including some 1.5 million internally displaced people. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in the cold Ukrainian winter. Norway is therefore providing NOK 40 million in humanitarian assistance to help Ukraine in this difficult situation,' said State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tore Hattrem.

08 Feb 2016 description

Présent au Liban depuis 1967, le CICR a mené à bien son action humanitaire à travers les différents conflits, y compris la guerre civile de 1975 à 1990. Nous nous attachons actuellement à répondre aux besoins croissants de personnes déplacées fuyant la guerre et la violence dans la région ainsi qu'à ceux des communautés qui les accueillent.

En 2015, le CICR a aidé 700 000 personnes au Liban:

Voici un aperçu du travail du CICR au Liban en 2015.

  • 309 000 patients ont été soignés dans des centres de santé soutenus par le CICR.

08 Feb 2016 description

Depuis octobre 2014, le contexte sécuritaire volatile qui règne au nord de Beni est un vrai cassetête pour les acteurs humanitaires. La lutte que livrent depuis janvier 2014 les Forces armées de la République démocratique du Congo (FARDC) aux Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) -- le groupe armé que de nombreux observateurs nationaux et internationaux estiment être responsables de tueries et de massacres dans la région -- a forcé des milliers de personnes à quitter leurs villages pour se réfugier dans des zones urbaines, dites plus sécurisées.

08 Feb 2016 description

Disease Outbreak News
8 February 2016

Between 27 and 30 January 2016, PAHO/WHO was notified of cases of Zika virus infection in Costa Rica, Curaçao, Jamaica and Nicaragua.

Costa Rica

On 27 January, the National IHR Focal Point of the United States reported of a case of Zika virus infection in a patient returning from Costa Rica.

08 Feb 2016 description

ABIDJAN – Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir reçu 35,6 millions de dollars du programme gouvernemental américain McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition pour permettre au PAM de maintenir un programme de cantines scolaires durable en Côte d’Ivoire pour les cinq prochaines années.

08 Feb 2016 description
report AlterPresse

Appel à la nation du Collectif 4 décembre

Document soumis à AlterPresse le 7 février 2016

Compatriotes,

LE COLLECTIF DU 4 DECEMBRE s’adresse en urgence à tous les citoyens vivant sur notre territoire.

Depuis plus d’une semaine une escalade de violences s’installe dans les rues et tend, de plus, à s’intensifier dangereusement.

08 Feb 2016 description

Conakry, République de Guinée. – Dans le cadre de son projet pilote d’appui au Gouvernement guinéen dans la prise en charge psychosociale et socioéconomique des survivants d’Ebola en Guinée, l’OIM lance un programme de transfert de subventions et soutien au redressement socioéconomique et psychosocial des communautés de survivants à Boké (nord-ouest du pays), où a lieu cette semaine le premier atelier de formation en médiation et gestion des conflits communautaires destiné aux survivants et aux communautés de cette préfecture.

08 Feb 2016 description

The ICRC has been present in Lebanon since 1967 and has carried out its humanitarian work through periods of conflict, including 1975-1990 civil war. Currently it is responding to the rapidly growing needs of displaced people fleeing war and violence across the region and the communities hosting them.

In 2015, the ICRC assisted 700,000 people across Lebanon:

Health Care – 309,000 people assisted:

08 Feb 2016 description

Bangui, Central African Republic | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 16:26 GMT

A rebel group in the Central African Republic has captured and handed over to US forces a commander of the infamous Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), one of its leaders said Monday.

"Our forces captured the commander 'Sam' at the weekend at Mbangana in the north east," Mahamat Dea, a leader of the Popular Front for the Renaissance of Central Africa (FPRC), told AFP.

08 Feb 2016 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Monday 2/8/2016 - 17:11 GMT

Israeli is ready to return the bodies of 10 Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks but their families have refused to accept certain conditions, a government spokesman said on Monday.

Israel will return the bodies if the families "agree in advance that the funerals take place at night, with a limited number of attendees," a spokesman for the ministry of public security told AFP.