Summary: January 2015
Access restrictions tighten
• Rafah border: The Rafah border with Egypt was opened on only 3 days in January, allowing only 33 patients to travel to Egypt for medical treatment.
General Situation during January 2015 Forecast until mid-March 2015
World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos
(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.
Ministers of Health from around the world will convene next week at WHO’s Executive Board meeting, to set global public health policies. Among other topics, representatives are expected to review the current polio epidemiology and global preparedness plans for the phased removal of oral polio vaccines. A report has been prepared, to facilitate discussions, available here.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
During the last escalation of tension in the region in July 2014, a total of 4,562 rockets have been launched towards Israel, striking the civilian population throughout the country (mainly the population surrounding the Gaza strip, but also targeting as far as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa). Approximately 2,000 of these rockets hit Israel.
Report by the Secretariat
This map illustrates the extent of the snow cover caused by the storm "Huda" that moved through the Middle East region striking Lebanon, Jordan, and the West Bank from about 7-13 January. This analysis was based on satellite imagery collected by the MODIS sensor on the NASA AQUA satellite on 13 January 2015. As seen in the imagery the snow has covered a very extensive part of the Lebanon and Syria. A decrease in the snow cover extent is observed in certain areas in Southern Lebanon and Syria compared to previous UNOSAT analysis with imagery collected on 12 January.
This map illustrates the extent of the snow cover caused by the storm "Huda" that moved through the Middle East region striking Lebanon, Jordan, and the West Bank from about 7-12 January. This analysis was based on satellite imagery collected by the MODIS sensor on the NASA Terra satellite on 12 January 2015. As seen in the imagery the snow has covered a very extensive part of the Lebanon and Syria. Due to cloud cover present on the imagery an extensive portion of the area of interest could not be analysed.
29 December 2014 – The head of the United Nations Ebola emergency response mission is set to open a treatment facility in Liberia near the Sierra Leonean border during a visit to review where the UN can do more to help, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that more 20,000 people have now become infected by the virus.
According to the latest WHO update, as of 27 December, 20,081 people have been reported infected with 7,842 deaths.
A field hospital donated by Israel will be established as an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Dubreka, Guinea.
UNICEF joined partners in engaging the population of the quarantined and neighboring villages of Lonfaye town and Yekepa town, Liberia, following two separate outbreaks there.
In response to measles cases in Lofa county, Liberia, the UNICEF-supported periodic intensification of routine immunization, or PIRI, is ongoing across all of the 15 counties.
In the north of Madagascar, supplementary immunization activities are planned for December in response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus. National Immunization Days are planned for January. The aim is to boost immunity across the country against all strains of poliovirus using trivalent oral polio vaccine.
For the first time ever, only 1 case of wild poliovirus has been reported in Africa in the last 4 months. The case had onset of paralysis on 11 August in Somalia.
General Situation during November 2014 Forecast until January 2015
| Overview |
The massive displacement of people from and inside the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) as a consequence of the unrelenting conflict in that country has dominated concerns regionally and internationally, threatening the social, political and economic balance of the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. Despite the lack of prospects for a short-term resolution of the situation, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon have demonstrated great generosity in welcoming the Syrian refugees and assisting them.
11/30/2014 - 14:08 GMT
The Israeli government on Sunday approved new draft legislation aimed at curbing illegal immigration after judges quashed an earlier law as repressive, the interior ministry said.
The bill, which was unanimously approved by the cabinet, must now pass three votes in the parliament, or Knesset, before passing into law.
But rights groups denounced the move, saying it made a mockery of the High Court's decision and would only offer an interim solution to the question of how to deal with asylum seekers and other illegal immigrants.
AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 13:18 GMT
A Jerusalem court on Sunday charged an Israeli border policeman with manslaughter in the May shooting to death of a young Palestinian during a West Bank demonstration.
"A charge of manslaughter has been filed against the defendant," a court transcript said.
The training workshop on Mass Event and Disaster Preparedness was jointly organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Centre for International Cooperation (MASHAV), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel through the Embassy of Israel in Myanmar.
18 November 2014 – The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, has strongly condemned the attack this morning on a synagogue in West Jerusalem, calling on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation.
Early this morning, at least four Israelis were killed and eight others injured in an attack in a Jerusalem synagogue.
“There can be no justification whatsoever for these deliberate killings,” Mr. Serry stressed in a statement published by his Office today.
The third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 was convened by the Director-General through electronic correspondence from 2 through 7 November 2014.1 The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 31 July 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.
In Madagascar, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed. The virus was isolated from one case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 29 September, and from three healthy contacts. An estimated more than 25% of children remain under-immunized against polio in the country. Madagascar was previously affected by a cVDPV2 outbreak in 2001/2002 (resulting in five cases) and in 2005 (resulting in three cases). Emergency outbreak response is being finalized, with campaigns to be held in December and January.