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Jihadists claim bomb that killed six Egypt police

09/17/2014 18:44 GMT

CAIRO, September 17, 2014 (AFP) - Egypt's deadliest militant group has claimed the killing of six policemen in a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where security forces frequently clash with jihadists.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Partisans of Jerusalem) has orchestrated a string of attacks to avenge a deadly government crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

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Egypt blames organised crime after migrant shipwreck deaths

09/17/2014 12:28 GMT

CAIRO, September 17, 2014 (AFP) - Egypt on Wednesday blamed organised criminal gangs of people traffickers operating on its territory after a boat carrying 500 illegal migrants was intentionally capsized off Malta.

The migrants, including up to 100 children, drowned after smugglers sank their ship when the passengers refused to change to a smaller vessel, survivors said.

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IOM Libya Situation Report, as of 14 September 2014

Highlights

Evacuation of 200 migrants from various countries accomplished via Tunisia, Cairo or directly out of Tripoli

Over 900 NFI kits distributed among people in need within Tripoli city area and departing migrants and those in detention centres

More than 7.000 TCN from different countries tracked and provided with basic support trough IOM network

Overview

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UNHCR alarmed at death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean

GENEVA, September 16 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency is alarmed at the death toll from boat sinkings in the Mediterranean in recent days, which underlines the need for collective European action to avoid further loss of lives at sea.

According to information received by UNHCR from coastguards, five shipwrecks occurred over the weekend, leaving between 650 and 850 people dead or missing, although the figures are constantly, being revised upwards.

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IOM Says New Witnesses Provide Further Details of Mediterranean Shipwreck Tragedy

Geneva - IOM Greece staff in Crete today interviewed more survivors of the deliberate shipwreck of migrants heading to Europe from Egypt.

The survivors provided corroboration that the traffickers turned violent when the 500 migrants they were escorting to Europe refused to switch to an unseaworthy boat.

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IOM Investigates Reports of Deliberate Drowning of 500 Migrants in Mediterranean

Switzerland - Investigators from the International Organization for Migration have obtained eyewitness testimony of a tragic incident in which as many as 500 migrants were drowned when their vessel was deliberately sunk in the Mediterranean.

These reports point to a growing death toll off Europe’s shores which this year already approaches 3,000. That’s nearly four times the figure from 2013, which IOM’s Missing Migrants Project estimated to be 700 deaths.

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'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

As many as 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat near Malta.

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Sinai wants private sector flood aid

By Denis McClean

SHARM EL SHEIKH, 15 September 2014 - The Egyptian governorate of South Sinai yesterday advanced a proposal to raise funds from the private sector and other donors, to combat flash floods such as those which destroyed exclusive parts of the Taba Red Sea resort area on May 8.

General Khaled Fouda, Governor of South Sinai, Egypt, told a press conference at the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, that the cost of the unprecedented flash floods was Egyptian £850 million.

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Arabs meet on post-2015 HFA

By Denis McClean

SHARM EL SHEIKH, 15 September 2015 - UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, yesterday described the post-2015 development agenda as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” when she addressed the opening day of the Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

She said the consultations that have taken place throughout the Arab world on the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction were further evidence of the very strong acceptance there now is for disaster risk reduction as part of the sustainable development agenda.

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High Commissioner for Refugees Guterres and Special Envoy Jolie warn of escalating crisis in the Mediterranean

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the naval rescue headquarters in Malta yesterday, on a weekend in which new boat sinkings were being reported off Egypt and Libya claiming more innocent lives. Ms. Jolie and Mr. Guterres met three survivors of one of the tragedies, who had been rescued by a commercial vessel and brought to Malta by the Maltese authorities.

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Egyptian Relief Plane to Arrive on Tuesday

Khartoum, Sept. 14 (SUNA) - An Egyptian plane carrying relief materials is due to arrive Tuesday in Khartoum in support of the citizens who were affected by floods and heavy rainfall.

The Information Advisor at Egypt Embassy in Khartoum, Abdul-Rahman Nasif, said that the plane will bring a number of tons of relief materials in response to a directive of the President of Egypt, Field Marshal Abdul-Fatah Al-Sisi.

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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #22, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announces nearly $500 million in additional USG humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis, bringing total USG assistance to more than $2.9 billion since the crisis began.

  • Through its implementing partners, the USG has provided humanitarian assistance to more than 5 million people affected by the crisis in Syria, supporting the health, food, emergency relief supply, protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs of conflict-affected populations.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Syria Crisis

Secretary of State John Kerry announced today the United States is providing nearly $500 million in additional humanitarian aid to help those affected by the war in Syria. This is the largest funding announcement made by the United States in response to the largest appeal the United Nations has ever issued. The UN's revised Syria appeals, issued in July, requested $6 billion in contributions to mitigate the impacts of a tragedy of historic proportions.

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Syria Regional Response RRP6 Achievements ‐ July 2014

PROTECTION

2,920,207 Syrian refugees currently registered or awaiting registration with UNHCR or Government authorities

8,056 Syrian refugees submitted for resettlement or humanitarian admission to third countries

FOOD SECURITY

1,826,866 individuals receiving in‐kind, cash or voucher assistance to meet food needs

21,891 children reached with micronutrient supplements/supplementation, including school feeding programmes

EDUCATION