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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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L’espoir étant peu visible à l’horizon », le débat général de l’Assemblée s’ouvre par des appels à l’unité contre l’extrémisme radical et le terrorisme

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Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
6e & 7e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

Le débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale s’est ouvert, aujourd’hui, par les appels de plusieurs dirigeants à l’unité dans la lutte contre l’extrémisme radical et le terrorisme international, fléaux qu’incarnent en particulier l’« État islamique en Iraq et au Levant », Al-Qaida et Boko Haram.

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‘The Fasten Seat Belt Light is Illuminated’, Warns Secretary-General, Summoning World Leaders at Start of Annual Debate to ‘Find and Nurture Seeds of Hope’

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Sixty-ninth General Assembly
Plenary
6th, 7th & 8th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The world’s fasten seat belt light is illuminated, with turbulence testing the multilateral system, national institutions and people's lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today as he opened the sixty-ninth session’s general debate.

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CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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The Human Cost of Fortress Europe: Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees at Europe’s Borders

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Amnesty

EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 June 2014) [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Annual Report 2013

Annual Report for 2013: A strong response to complex crises

14-05-2014 News Release 14/81

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Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 April 2014) [EN/AR]

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Armed conflict is causing large scale displacement and severely affecting people's safety and livelihoods in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Libya.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 February 2014) [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 31 December 2013) [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 31 August 2013) [EN/AR]

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Some 8,400 migrants, asylum-seekers reach Europe by sea in first half of 2013

ROME, Italy, July 5 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that an estimated 8,400 migrants and asylum-seekers landed on the coasts of Italy and Malta in the first six months of this year. The majority arrived in Italy (7,800), while Malta received around 600 migrants and asylum-seekers.

"Those making this journey mostly departed from North Africa, principally Libya – around 6,700 people. The remaining 1,700 crossed from Greece and Turkey, landing in southern Italy's Apulia and Calabria regions," a UNHCR spokesman said.

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 30 April 2013) [EN/AR]

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Armed conflicts, insecurity, protracted displacement and natural disasters affect millions of people across the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Middle East and North Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 07 | March – April 2013 (EN/AR)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A 7.8 earthquake hit South-Eastern Iran on 16 April, close to the border with Pakistan. The impact was felt in both countries, with 14 people killed, 73 injured and two missing.

  • New and worsening humanitarian crises since 2011 have led to a considerable increase in CERF allocations to the MENA region. The largest recipients have been Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Global Overview 2012: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Around 6.5 million people were newly displaced, almost twice as many as the 3.5 million during 2011. The conflicts in Syria and DRC were responsible for around half of the new displacements.