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Iran to send aid to Gaza via Egypt

08/22/2014 17:09 GMT

TEHRAN, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Iran plans to send aid to the beleaguered Gaza Strip after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the Palestinian territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said on Friday.

The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran.

The source said a first Iranian Red Crescent shipment of 100 tonnes of medicine and food would be flown "soon" to Cairo.

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GIEWS Country Brief : Iran (Islamic Republic of) 21-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

•Below-average wheat crop harvested in 2014

•Wheat import requirements forecast at above-average levels in 2014/15

•Inflation rates ease

•Food security situation improves, but vulnerable groups in parts are still a concern

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Amos: UN seeks cooperation with Iran in information sharing on crisis management

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA – The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Sunday announced that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Amos said there is a lot of experience available to Iran that are important to share.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Iran: Iran Earthquake Information Bulletin N° 01

The situation

An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked South of Ilam province on August18, 2014. As per Tehran University’s Seismological Center, the earthquake hit at 07:02 A.M. local time.

The villages of Moormoori, Tape Hamame Oliya and Tape Hamame Sofla were the most affected districts.

So far, more than 22 aftershocks have been recorded in the affected areas, the biggest of which has been 5 on the Richter scale.

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Strong quake hits west Iran, 250 injured: media

08/18/2014 11:26 GMT

TEHRAN, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, injuring at least 250 people and causing extensive damage to buildings, Iranian media said.

The US Geological Survey, reporting the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, said it struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq.

According to state television, the quake occurred at 7:02 am (0232 GMT) near the town of Mour-Mouri.

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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to Visit Iran

MEDIA ADVISORY

WHO: UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos
WHAT: Mission to the Islamic Republic of Iran
WHEN: 17 - 18 August 2014
WHERE: Tehran

UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos will visit Iran from 17 to 18 August 2014.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Iraq + 1 other
Iranˈs humanitarian aid to Iraqi Kurdistan region delivered

Orumyeh, Aug 7, IRNA – Iranˈs humanitarian aid delivered to Iraqi Kurdistan regionˈs Red Crescent Society on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters, Ali Mostafavi, official from the West Azarbijan province noted that Iranˈs West Azarbijan Red Crescent Society delivered the relief supplies to its counterparts in Iraqi Kurdistan region on the border area.

The consignment included 2,000 blankets, and 8,000 canned food as well as other food supplies, blankets and tents, he added.

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Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin, as of 21 July 2014

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As of 21 July 2014 :

Syria

No new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 21 January 2014, from Salamiyah district, Hama governorate. The total number of laboratory confirmed WPV1 cases for 2014 is ONE, and 35 for 2013. The annualized non-polio AFP rate is 3.2 per 100,000 and the proportion of AFP cases with adequate specimens is 91%.

Iraq:

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Sudan + 1 other
Islamic Relief Agency stages convoy to flood-affected citizens in Al-Salha area in Omdurman

Khartoum, August 5 (SUNA) - The Islamic Relief Agency (IRA) has distributed relief materials among the rain and flood- affected citizens in Al-Salha area in Omdurman city.

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Pakistan + 3 others
UNHCR deeply concerned as Sri Lanka continues with deportations

UNHCR has learnt that a total of 36 Pakistani asylum-seekers have been deported from Sri Lanka since last Friday. More could follow, including women and children. UNHCR urges the authorities to stop the deportations and grant us access to refugees and asylum-seekers still detained in Colombo.

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Refugees and Iranians Breaking Fast Together

On the 29th day of the holy month of Ramadan and with Eid Al-Fetr around the corner, UNHCR, the Ministry of Education & The Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants Affairs organized Iftar events in Tehran, Paakdasht, Shiraz & Qom.

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World + 70 others
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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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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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghan returnees and IDPs receive hygiene training through UN-supported programme

23 July 2014 – As part of a United Nations-supported programme, some 1,320 returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) - around 200 families - in the north-eastern Afghan provinces of Kunduz and Badakhshan have recently had their understanding on sanitation and environmental hygiene issues boosted as part of a wider effort to help reduce their mortality rates.

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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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Lebanon + 2 others
Iranˈs embassy in Lebanon delivers humanitarian aids to Palestinians

Beirut, July 20, IRNA – On the eve of World Quds Day and in the framework of Iranˈs constant assistances to Palestinians a new phase of Iranˈs humanitarian aids was delivered to Palestinians.

In a ceremony held in the venue of Iranˈs embassy in Beirut on Saturday, a large consignment of food products was delivered to the Palestinian authorities to be distributed among five thousand Palestinian refugee families who have lost thier residence camps in Syria due to the crisis there.

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Government of Australia Supports Refugee Healthcare in Iran

Tehran, 15 July 2014– A recent generous 47.2 billion Iranian Rial donation ( 2 million AUD) by the Government of Australia, will help vulnerable refugees living in Iran benefit from health insurance coverage and provide them with essential basic needs assistance, in line with the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR)- a strategy to assist both refugees and host countries.

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Iraq + 6 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Iraq Crisis (ECHO/-ME /BUD/2014/91000) Last update: 20/06/2014 Version 3

AMOUNT: EUR 12 000 000

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

June 2014: modification n°2 The political and security environment in Iraq deteriorated substantially during the past two weeks, following a string of large-scale, coordinated operations by armed opposition groups (AOGs) in Ninewa, Al-Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala and northern parts of Baghdad governorate.