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Israel: Extreme Winter Conditions DREF operation n° MDRIL001 - final report

GLIDE n° CW-2013-000153-ISR

Summary: CHF 113,005 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 December 2013 to support the Magen David Adom in Israel in delivering immediate assistance to some 7,050 beneficiaries, and to replenish the National Society`s disaster preparedness stocks, affected by the severe winter conditions during 12-15 December 2013.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Israeli killed in West Bank shooting

04/14/2014 19:50 GMT

JERUSALEM, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - An Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said.

The incident at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday was the first deadly attack on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, and came as tensions were soaring over the near-breakdown of US-brokered peace talks.

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Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 8 - 14 April 2014[EN/AR/HE]

Key issues

  • One Palestinian woman killed and around 90 Palestinians injured in multiple clashes across the West Bank.
  • An Israeli man killed in the West Bank, the first such fatality in 2014.
  • The Gaza Power Plant shuts down one of its two operating turbines.
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Polio this week - as of 9 April 2014

  • First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days. For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio in a six-month-old boy from northern Baghdad was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March.

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Somalia + 8 others
Regional mixed migration summary for February 2014

Regional mixed migration summary for February 2014 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea,Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the case load mentioned refers only to refugees, asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.


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Pakistan + 16 others
Polio this week - as of 2 April 2014

The data table below is as of 2 April 2014

  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has met in Geneva on 1-3 April to discuss measures to prevent further international spread of polio, progress in eliminating wild and vaccine derived poliovirus and the status of the preparation for global OPV2 withdrawal. Final recommendations will be published in the Weekly Epidemiological Record.

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Israel + 2 others
African Asylum Seekers in Limbo at Israeli Detention Center

Voice of America

Scott Bobb

HOLOT, ISRAEL — The Israeli Supreme Court is due to begin hearings in April on a controversial law that has allowed the government to detain thousands of African migrants who are seeking political asylum.

The migrants, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, say they fled repression in their home countries, but the Israeli government says they are in Israel mainly looking for work.

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Polio outbreak in the Middle East - update (21 March 2014)

21 MARCH 2014 - Polio outbreak response in the Middle East is continuing to urgently stop an outbreak affecting the region.

As of 20 March 2014, in the Syrian Arab Republic a total of 37 WPV1 cases have been reported: 25 cases by the Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Health, and 12 cases from contested areas (Aleppo, Edleb and Deir Al Zour) not yet reflected in official figures. The most recent case had onset of paralysis on 17 December 2013, from Edleb.

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Pakistan + 12 others
Polio this week - as of 12 March 2014

The data table below is as of 12 March 2014

  • In Cameroon, two new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases are reported this week, from 2014. The new cases confirm continued transmission of this strain and geographic expansion of infected areas following detection of four cases in October.
  • Newsweek Pakistan published an in-depth interview with Dr Hamid Jafari, WHO, about the current situation of polio eradication in Pakistan. The interview can be accessed here.
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Statement by Bureau of Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the situation in Jerusalem


The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People issued the following statement today:

The Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People is alarmed by recent developments and increased tensions in Occupied East Jerusalem.

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World + 3 others
African migrants in Israel face "voluntary" return or detention


TEL AVIV/JOHANNESBURG, 27 February 2014 (IRIN) - Israel has released figures showing that the number of African migrants choosing to accept “voluntary departure” from the country has been steadily increasing since an amendment to its anti-infiltration law was passed in December 2013, with about 2,200 departures recorded since the beginning of 2014.


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World + 9 others
Reinforcing civil protection cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region

To further promote international cooperation on civil protection, the Commission hosted a high-level conference today and announced the renewed Euro-Med Programme for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters (PPRD South II). The second round of this EU-funded programme will run until end of 2016, further supporting the Mediterranean partner countries (Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria [1], and Tunisia) in their cooperation with the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Europe, The Middle East, and Central Asia | Fiscal year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as ongoing complex emergencies and limited government capacity in the region, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

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Pakistan + 15 others
Polio this week - as of 22 January 2014

North Waziristan is the district with the largest number of children being paralyzed by poliovirus in the world. Immunization activities have been suspended by local leaders since June 2012

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Secretary-General Tells Security Council 2014 Will Be ‘Decisive’ Year in Helping Israelis, Palestinians Draw Back from ‘Unsustainable Status Quo’

Security Council
Security Council 7096th Meeting (AM & PM)

Resumed Talks, Tensions around Middle East Dominate Day-long Open Debate

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that 2014 would be decisive in helping Israelis and Palestinians draw back from a perilous and unsustainable status quo, pressing leaders on both sides to take “bold decisions and painful compromises” for peace or face perhaps the last attempt to salvage the two-State solution.

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Israel + 2 others
UNHCR is concerned at new Amendment to Israel's Law on the Prevention of Infiltration

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 January 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR has raised concerns this week with the Government of Israel over a recent Amendment to Israel's Anti-infiltration law that was passed by the Knesset in mid-December and further limits the rights of asylum-seekers.

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Israel + 2 others
African refugees stage mass protest in Jerusalem

01/08/2014 21:38 GMT

by Jean-Luc RENAUDIE

JERUSALEM, January 8, 2014 (AFP) - More than 10,000 African asylum seekers held a mass demonstration outside the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday, in a fourth straight day of protests over immigration policy, police said.

"We are refugees, we need protection," shouted the crowd, which packed the open spaces around the Knesset, or parliament.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the demonstration as "calm" saying there were "more than 10,000" people present.

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Pakistan + 12 others
Polio this week - as of 8 January 2014

The data table below is as of 08 January 2014

  • India will reach a great milestone in polio eradication on 13 January - three years since its last case of wild poliovirus! India was once thought to be the most difficult country in which to achieve polio eradication.