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Release activists facing jail for defying repressive protest law

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Amnesty

The Egyptian authorities must release a group of activists on trial for defying the country’s draconian protest law, Amnesty International said ahead of Sunday’s verdict in their trial for taking part in an unauthorized protest.

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Egypt imposes state of emergency in Sinai after bomb kills 30 soldiers

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Friday 10/24/2014 - 15:25 GMT

by Tony Gamal-Gabriel

Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers.

The bombing on Friday was carried out by a suspected jihadist who rammed a checkpoint with his explosives-packed vehicle, security officials said.

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Protection of Refugee Children: In the Middle East and North Africa

Refugee children in the region suffer immensely as a result of conflict and displacement. The number of refugees has doubled in the last four years and more than half are children.

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Bomb outside Egypt's Cairo University wounds nine: police

10/22/2014 - 14:08 GMT

A bomb exploded outside the gates of Cairo University on Wednesday, an Egyptian police official said, wounding at least nine people including policemen.

Police cordoned off the area and scoured it with sniffer dogs. An official said five of the nine wounded were policemen stationed outside the campus to quell student protests.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 1-15 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Donor generosity avoids October assistance cuts, though funding situation for November onwards remains critical

  • Opening of Nusaybin corridor enables delivery of food for 97,00 people in Al Hasakeh, the first delivery since May

  • Growing insecurity hamper deliveries to Syria’s northern governorates

  • WFP distributes e-cards to new beneficiaries in Lebanon’s Arsal region, despite continued insecurity

  • Vulnerability targeting for refugees in Jordanian communities begins

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

KEY FACTS

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Syrian refugees: Inter-agency regional update, 20 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab (Kurdish: Kobane) has been under intense assault for several weeks. Government officials in Turkey report that more than 190,000 Syrians fleeing Kobane and surrounds have entered the country since 19 September.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt

Highlights

  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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Enhancing skills in handling emergency trauma

Cairo (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Curative and Critical Care Sector of the Ministry of Health and Population held a joint three-day course from 14 to 16 October on the management of emergency-room trauma.

Some 22 doctors working in Cairo hospitals attended. "We organized this course to support Egyptian doctors in their efforts to provide emergency treatment for wounded or sick patients," said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo.

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Thousands of African child migrants feared in thrall to Italian traffickers

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Guardian

More than 3,000 minors may have fallen victim to forced labour and sexual exploitation after vanishing from homes and shelters

Thousands of migrant children are disappearing after arriving in mainland Europe, triggering concerns that they are falling prey to a new and thriving market for child trafficking and forced labour.

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WFP Syria crisis response impact of funding shortfalls, October 2014 [EN/AR]

URGENT FUNDING SHORTFALLS FORCE WFP TO CUT OPERATIONS IN SYRIA AND SUB-REGION

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IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

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Egypt: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Food Security

US$2.8 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers in August

HIGHLIGHTS:

• Food voucher distribution commenced on 17 August and finished on 23 August. WFP reached over 63,000 beneficiaries in Greater Cairo, 22,900 in Alexandria, 11,100 in Damietta, 2,700 in Mansoura, 600 in Marsa Matrouh and 500 in Tanta. Over US$2.8 million was injected into the local economy through food vouchers.

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Regional: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Social Cohesion and Livelihoods

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS:

In Lebanon, armed clashes in Arsal in early August have had an important impact on social cohesion, particularly in the Bekaa. The armed incidents and heightened security situation have further raised tensions and defiance between communities. In addition to a rise in evictions, incidents and restrictive measures imposed on refugees, local NGOs and partners are reporting increasing defiance from local institutions and communities against the international response and assistance.

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Regional: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014 (Health)

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS:

Polio vaccination continues to be provided to children across the region. In Jordan, a sub-national polio immunization campaign for hard-to-reach areas was successfully conducted in August, with the total number of vaccinated Syrian children inside and outside the camps being 68,274. In Iraq, a subnational mass polio vaccination was conducted in 13 high risk governorates over five days in August, reaching a total of 3.73 million children under 5 years, representing 94 per cent of the targeted children.