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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Gaza

New York - The Secretary-General welcomes today's announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices. A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility. After this latest round of killing and the further widespread destruction of Palestinian homes, civilians on both sides need a reprieve in order to resume their daily lives, and to allow for humanitarian and early recovery efforts to address the desperate needs of the people in Gaza.

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Israel and Palestine: challenging conventional peace and conflict paradigms

Peace Direct

August 26 2014: Adan E. Suazo argues that conventional peace wisdom needs to be revisited and challenged to adjust to the ever-changing realities in both Israel and Palestine.

In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there are three key policy angles that are currently not being touched upon by decision-makers: military disproportionality, religion and inclusion patterns. By not prioritizing these key policy concerns, it is hard to envision that peace will ever be brokered in this conflict, given its history and its strong polarizing potential.

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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MDA Emergency Appeal Operation "Protective Edge"

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

After several weeks of raising tension around Gaza strip (beginning the kidnap and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers accompanied by constant shelling of the communities around Gaza strip), between July 7th to August 6th, more than 3'300 rockets were launched from Gaza strip, Sinai, Syria and Lebanon.

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 13 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is meeting this week to review the current epidemiological situation and the impact of the outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to close the outbreak. See ‘Horn of Africa’ section below, for more.

  • In West Africa, polio staff are supporting efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak affecting the region. Staff are actively engaged in helping preparedness planning, social mobilization, surveillance of suspected cases, contact tracing and assisting with outbreak logistics.

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Israel Appeal

World ORT

As efforts continue to protect its citizens from rocket fire and infiltration through tunnels from Gaza, virtually everyone in Israel is affected in some way or another. With some 86,000 reservists called up, most families will have loved ones serving, and large parts of the country continue to live under the threat of rocket fire, with repeated sirens and alerts. Naturally the south of the country is the most affected, due to its proximity to Gaza, meaning more rockets, the threat of mortar attacks and infiltration through tunnels, and shorter alert times.

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World + 13 others
Polio this week as of 31 July 2014

  • In Pakistan, three new cases have been reported, including one from Balochistan. It is the first case in this province since October 2012. However, four positive environmental samples were collected in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan, the most recent of which on 20 June. This case is linked to these positive environmental samples, suggesting local circulation of WPV1 this year in this area.

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On the 15th day of the Israeli offensive: dozens of Palestinian civilians killed or wounded as Israeli forces attack apartment buildings, mosques, hospitals and schools

Israeli occupation forces have continued their brutal and immoral offensive on the Gaza Strip for the 15th consecutive day, and have continued the policy of collective punishment in disregard for the international law and humanitarian law, which ensure protection for civilians in times of war, and in violation of the principles of necessity, proportionality and distinction. Israeli forces have continued their aerial, ground and sea attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, causing more civilian casualties and damaging civilian facilities, including houses and mosques.

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Philippines + 8 others
17 July 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

Gaza - Israel – Conflict

• Both parties agreed to respect a humanitarian pause of 5 hours after 9 days of fighting. This must allow safe access for humanitarian assistance.

• Since the start of Operation “Protective Edge” on 7 July 2014, over 200 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and more than thousand have been injured.

Syria – Humanitarian access / assistance

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Israel: Complex Emergency Information bulletin


This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation. The Magen David Adom in Israel, will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.

The situation

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Rapport du Secrétaire général sur l'application de la résolution 1701 (2006) du Conseil de sécurité (S/2014/438)

Période du 28 février au 26 juin 2014

I. Introduction

  1. Le présent rapport contient une analyse détaillé de l'application de la résolution 1701 (2006) du Conseil de sécurité depuis la publication de mon précédent rapport en date du 26 février 2014 (S/2014/130).

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Israel + 2 others
African immigrants in Israel stage Egypt border sit-in

06/28/2014 17:32 GMT

JERUSALEM, June 28, 2014 (AFP) - More than 1,000 illegal African immigrants in Israel staged a sit-in Saturday near the southern border with Egypt after a protest march against conditions in their internment camp.

"We are going to stay near the border with Egypt until a solution is found so our rights are respected," a statement by asylum-seekers at the Holot camp in southern Israel said.

The sit-in came a day after Israeli soldiers stopped the demonstrators, most from Eritrea and Sudan, nearly 300 metres (yards) from the border.

Agence France-Presse:

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Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force until 31 December, Adopting Resolution 2163 (2014)


Security Council
7209th Meeting (PM)

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) for six months, until 31 December 2014, requesting the Secretary-General to ensure that it had the required capacity and resources to fulfil its duties.

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Israel launches air raids on Syrian positions in Golan

06/23/2014 01:51 GMT

QUNEITRA, June 23, 2014 (AFP) - Israel carried out retaliatory air raids on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights overnight after a teenager on the Israeli side was killed in an attack from Syria, the army said early Monday.

"The IDF (Israeli army) targeted nine Syrian army positions in response to the earlier attack that originated in Syria killing an Israeli teenager and injuring two other Israeli civilians," an army spokesman said.

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World + 15 others
Polio this week as of 11 June 2014

The Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) on Polio Eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Islamabad, Pakistan, last week. The TAG recognized the important progress in Afghanistan and concluded that the country is in a strong position to interrupt endemic transmission of the virus in 2014, provided the country addresses the remaining challenges and risks.