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GIEWS Country Brief: Morocco 25-August-2014


  • Below-average cereal harvest in 2014 following inadequate soil moisture in the southern—most parts

  • Wheat imports expected to decrease in 2014/15

  • Food inflation remains moderate

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Two Moroccan Planes Carrying Relief For Gazans Arrive In Egypt

Two Moroccan planes carrying humanitarian aid for populations in the Gaza strip arrived on Monday at the Egyptian military airport of Al-Ismailia (East).

This is the second consignment of relief ordered by HM King Mohammed VI to alleviate the sufferings of Palestinians who are facing a barbaric offensive by the Israeli army.

This humanitarian aid includes rice, powdered milk, medical equipment (wheelchairs, beds, crutches..) and hygiene products.

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Arrivée en Egypte de deux avions marocains transportant des aides humanitaires destinées à la population de Gaza

Deux avions marocains transportant des aides humanitaires destinées à la population de la Bande Gaza sont arrivés lundi après-midi à l'aéroport militaire égyptien d'Al-Ismaïlia (est).

Il s'agit d'un nouveau lot du soutien humanitaire ordonné par SM le Roi Mohammed VI pour alléger les souffrances du peuple palestinien, qui fait face à une agression sauvage de l'armée israélienne.

Cette nouvelle aide humanitaire porte essentiellement sur du riz et du lait en poudre outre des équipements médicaux (fauteuils roulants, béquilles, lits ...) et des produits d'hygiène.

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Halt Summary Pushbacks to Morocco

Investigate Beatings of Migrants at Enclave’s Border

(Berlin, August 18, 2014) – Spain should immediately halt summary returns of migrants to Morocco from its North African enclave, Melilla, Human Rights Watch said today. Spain should also investigate evidence that Guardia Civil officers beat migrants at the border fence.

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Moroccan Relief Airlifted For Palestinian People Continues

Three other planes of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians, arrived on Sunday at the Egyptian military airport of Al-Ismailia (140 km from Cairo) as part of the Moroccan airlift, upon the orders of HM King Mohammed VI, to alleviate the sufferings of populations who are facing a barbaric Israeli offensive.

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-African Cooperation on Food Security

Since coming into office in the midst of a global financial and food crisis, President Obama has made food security a foreign policy priority. Building on commitments first made by African leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in 2003, the President led the G-8 in 2009 in launching a global food security initiative in L’Aquila, Italy and then shortly after launched Feed the Future which invests assistance in countries’ national food security plans, promotes agricultural research and innovation, and helps build the capacity of our partners.

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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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HM The King's Humanitarian Assistance To Palestinians, A Considerable Contribution To Alleviate Sufferings

The initiative taken by HM King Mohammed VI to grant an emergency humanitarian aid, worth USD 5 million, to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip will significantly contribute to alleviate their sufferings resulting from Israelis' military assaults, said secretary general of the Palestinian information ministry Mahmoud Khalifa.

The Palestinian official told MAP that the Royal support will serve to buy medicine and other medical equipment for the Gaza hospitals, expressing the Palestinians respect for this welcome initiative.

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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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Factsheet: The UK's humanitarian aid response to the Syria crisis and region (15 July 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £600 million to provide support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.


The UK has allocated £299 million to help people affected by the conflict across Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas.

UK aid has provided food for up to 385,000 people a month across Syria through the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Morocco donates 5 million USD to the Gaza Strip through the PRCS

(Al Bireh – 14/7/2014): The PRCS president, Dr. Younis Al Khatib, extends his appreciation and thanks to the kingdom of Morocco for their generous donation to the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who are living under the Israeli attacks for the 8th day.

Dr. Al Khatib added that the king and people of Morocco have been always supporting the Palestinians over the years in various areas particularly in the humanitarian field through the PRCS.

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Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report


  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

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HM The King Orders Humanitarian Emergency Aid Of USD 5 Million To Palestinian Population In Gaza

Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, chairman of Al Quds Committee, ordered on Thursday an emergency humanitarian assistance, worth USD 5 million, to the Palestinian population in the Gaza strip, which is victim of the ongoing Israeli coward military assaults, a release of the Royal office said.
HM the King orders humanitarian emergency aid of USD 5 million to Palestinian population in Gaza 11 July 2014

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Zaatari Camp: Over 371,000 Syrian Refugees Treated at Moroccan field hospital

Al Mafraq (Jordan) – A total of 371,562 Syrian refugees have benefited, until July 10, 2014, from services at the Moroccan medical-surgical field hospital set up at the Zaatari camp, in Al Mafraq region north-eastern Jordan.

Infants and children top the beneficiaries (159,060), followed by women (113,182) and men (99,320), according to figures released Friday by the said hospital.

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The Human Cost of Fortress Europe: Human Rights Violations against Migrants and Refugees at Europe’s Borders


EU migration policies put lives and rights at risk

In their determination to seal off their borders, the European Union and its member states are putting the lives and rights of refugees and migrants at risk, Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (30 June 2014) [EN/AR]



Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.216 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 593 million, followed by Afghanistan with US$ 241 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 30.6% funded with a 69.4% shortfall.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.5 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.9 billion (30%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.6 billion (70%).

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Morocco says at least 20 injured in fighting between migrants

07/06/2014 18:40 GMT

RABAT, July 6, 2014 (AFP) - Fighting between African migrants in Morocco near the Spanish enclave of Melilla left at least 20 people injured on Sunday, local authorities said.

The unrest broke out in Gourougou forest overlooking the enclave where migrants gather waiting for a chance to sneak into Melilla as a passage to Europe.

The fighting between migrants from Mali and Cameroun left 20 people in need of hospital treatment, local authorities said, quoted by Morocco's MAP news agency.

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Green Growth in Practice – Lessons from Country Experiences

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

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Italy Copes with Over 40,000 Boat Arrivals in 2014

Italy - With the arrival of over 3,000 boat people in Sicily over the weekend, the number of migrants who have managed to reach Italy from North Africa since the beginning of the year is almost equal to the total number of arrivals in 2013.

In 2013, 42,000 migrants risked crossing the Mediterranean – mainly from Libya – on often unseaworthy boats and reached Italy, compared with over 40,000 in the first five months of this year.

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