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Rocket attack kills girl in Egypt's Sinai: security

07/29/2014 00:02 GMT

CAIRO, July 29, 2014 (AFP) - A nine-year-old girl was killed on Monday when a rocket hit the ground outside a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, in an apparent attack targeting soldiers, security officials said.

Another girl, 10, was wounded in the blast south of the town of Sheikh Zuwaid in northern Sinai.

The rocket was apparently targeting a security patrol that was passing through the area, security officials said.

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Female genital mutilation: When a harmful traditional practice becomes a crime

28 Jul 2014 by Ignacio Artaza, UNDP Country Director, Egypt

Recently I visited Fayoum and Aswan, Egypt, and met with women, men and girls who are actively advocating against female genital mutilation (FGM). A father told me that when he understood that FGM had no religious basis, and was an inherited traditional habit, he actively started advocating against it.

A female community activist I spoke to explained that until recently she had to meet families in secret to share her message against FGM, whereas now she is invited to speak openly.

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Syria Crisis Common Context Analysis

A product of the Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning (CALL) Initiative, this paper aims to save evaluation teams time and research, and avoid unnecessary duplication.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 09 - 22 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food assistance reaches Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh

  • 12-truck WFP convoy departs for Deir-ez-Zor city

  • Nutrition programme for displaced women launched in Homs and Lattakia

  • Ramadan distributions in Jordan conclude ahead of Eid

  • WFP monitoring shows most refugees in camps in Turkey to be food secure

  • In Egypt, Carrefour provides 3 percent discount on purchases with WFP e-card

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Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 13 -19 July

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 14 July, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access to Syria. The resolution is intended to facilitate the delivery of aid in line with the approach pursued by UN humanitarian agencies, which aims at providing humanitarian assistance to persons need throughout Syria, through the most direct routes. Specifically, the resolution authorizes the UN to use four border crossing points (two at the Turkish, one at the Jordan and one at the Iraqi borders) in addition to those already in use.

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Mortar attack kills four children in Egypt's Sinai: security

07/26/2014 16:07 GMT

CAIRO, July 26, 2014 (AFP) - Four children were killed on Saturday in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula when a mortar round hit their home, in an apparent attack by militants targeting soldiers, security officials said.

The attack took place in the northern Sinai town of El-Joura, believed to be a bastion of Islamist militants who have killed scores of policemen and soldiers over the past year.

Four people were wounded in the blast, the officials said, adding that the children were all under 15 years old.

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Syria Crisis Response Updated 24 July 2014

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

According to UNHCR 2,929,646 have now fled Syria. More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. In 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 51% of the refugee population. There are now an estimated 1,494,119 refugee children in the region.

OUR RESPONSE

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New measures to further obstruct NGOs’ work

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), express their deepest concern over the Egyptian government’s latest measures to hamper the exercise of freedom of association by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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Global terrorism fatalities up 30%, risk of attacks increase most in China, Egypt, Kenya, and Libya

Report
Maplecroft

Over the last 12 months, global fatalities from acts of terrorism have risen 30% compared to the previous five year average, according to a new security monitoring service from global risk analytics company Maplecroft, which also identifies China, Egypt, Kenya and Libya as seeing the most significant increases in the risk of terrorist attacks.

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Polio Outbreak in the Middle East: War in Syria Opens the Door to an Old Enemy

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The first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever in the Middle East has been completed, reaching 25 million children in seven countries. But repeated vaccination rounds are necessary to end the spread of polio.

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Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

07/19/2014 18:53 GMT

by Dario THUBURN

ROME, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said.

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Egyptian military block activist aid convoy to Gaza: AFP

07/19/2014 12:22 GMT

BALLOZA CHECKPOINT, July 19, 2014 (AFP) - Egyptian soldiers in north Sinai prevented an aid convoy of activists from reaching the Rafah border crossing with the embattled Palestinian Gaza Strip on Saturday, an AFP correspondent said.

An army officer at the Balloza checkpoint, one of many along the desert highway to Rafah, told an AFP correspondent that the security situation in the restive peninsula was too unstable to allow the convoy of 11 buses and 500 activists to pass.

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Israel/Gaza: Prevent further war crimes after Israeli ground assault

Report
Amnesty

Israel’s ground assault on the Gaza Strip, which began last night after 10 days of attacks by Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups, accentuates the need for urgent international action to protect civilians in Gaza and Israel from further war crimes by both sides, Amnesty International said today. “Israel’s relentless air assault on Gaza has seen its forces flagrantly disregard civilian life and property, which must be protected under international humanitarian law,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Programme Director at Amnesty International.

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Tdh’s interventions in East and North Africa [EN/FR]

In East and North Africa, Terre des hommes (Tdh) helps vulnerable children build a better future. In particular, the Foundation assists working children by offering services to enable them to get access to education and a better work environment. Tdh also makes employers and local communities more aware of the risks of exploitation. Mechanisms for identifying, guiding and monitoring the most vulnerable children (orphans, migrants, etc.) are put in place. And finally, Tdh works to strengthen the judicial system for minors by way of advocacy, workshops and training courses.

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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #19, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 [EN/AR]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Syria conflict death toll exceeded 170,000 as of early July, and violence displaced an estimated 688,000 people from April to June.

  • The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution authorizing U.N. cross-border and cross-line assistance without SARG approval on July 14.

  • The U.N. and its partners provided aid to the besieged town of Madamiyet Elsham, Rif Damascus Governorate, for the first time since late 2012.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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WHO Response to the Syrian Crisis - Regional SitRep, May - June 2014

Continuing influx of Syrian refugees is overwhelming health services as the on-going conflict has forced 2.8 million Syrians to flee to neighboring countries.

Top three communicable diseases identified by the EWARN system in the sub-region include:

  • Diarrheal diseases

  • Respiratory infections

  • Acute jaundice syndrome