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22 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Syria, the delivery of humanitarian assistance to several locations continued to be hampered due to ongoing or renewed hostilities. During May 2017, only three interagency convoys to Duma, Wadi Barada and Jirud in Rural Damascus took place, with UNICEF delivering multi-sectoral assistance to 42,000 people in need.

22 Jun 2017 description

Latest Developments:

From 19 to 22 June, Israel progressively cut its electricity supply to the Gaza Strip from 120 to 72 megawatts (MW), according to the Gaza Electricity Distribution Company. This reduction has been compensated by the partial resumption of operations of the Gaza Power Plant (55MW), which has been shut down since 17 April, allowing electricity supply to remain at about four hours a day. The power plant was able to resume operartions after Egypt opened the Rafah crossing for two consecutive days for the entry of industrial fuel.

22 Jun 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching more than 690,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas with dire humanitarian needs. A total of 23 inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, including one to Khan Elshih in which UNRWA and UN agencies reached 5,000 Palestine Refugees and 1,000 Syrian Nationals respectively. In addition, during 2017, 96 WFP-led airdrops dispatched 1,977.6 metric tons of food supplies for the besieged parts of Deir-ez-Zor city.

22 Jun 2017 description

Disaster Resilience – defined by DFID as “the ability of countries, communities and households to manage change, by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks or stresses – such as earthquakes, drought or violent conflict – without compromising their long-term prospects” – is now a prominent concept in DFID’s strategy.

With several African countries threatened by famine and fears that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, this is an opportune time to assess the performance of DFID’s programming on disaster resilience.

21 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session
6-23 June 2017
Agenda items 2 and 7

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General

Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories

Summary

21 Jun 2017 description

In the besieged Gaza Strip, almost 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and almost half of households are food insecure. UNRWA and WFP assist more than 1.2 million people with some type of food aid: 93 percent receive in-kind food, 6 percent benefit from value-based electronic food vouchers and 1 percent receive both wheat flour and vouchers. Against this backdrop, this report investigates the functionality of the food commodity market in the Gaza Strip to understand whether it is generally conducive to a significant scale-up of cash-based transfer (CBT) interventions.

21 Jun 2017 description

The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) strongly denounces the decision of the Israeli Occupying Authorities to reduce the amount of electricity provided to the Gaza Strip. PHROC further warns the international community of the dangerous repercussions of this decision, which could exacerbate the humanitarian crisis which Gaza has been under due to Israel’s 10-year long closure.

Israel’s security cabinet, which convened on 11/6/2017, has reportedly approved the reduction of the electricity provided to the Gaza Strip by 35%.

21 Jun 2017 description

Avant-propos

Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence

21 Jun 2017 description
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Humanitarian Response Plans and Flash Appeals

20 Jun 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12878

Security Council
7977th Meeting (AM)

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, achieving a negotiated two-State outcome was the only way to lay the foundations for an enduring peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Security Council heard today, as it held its regular briefing on the situation in the Middle East.

20 Jun 2017 description

Mercy USA for Aid and Development (Mercy USA) has generously contributed US$ 300,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to help improve access to education opportunities for students with vision impairments in Gaza.

20 Jun 2017 description

Key messages:

  • Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge from conflicts, violence, human rights violations, persecution or natural disasters. The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people) has continued to rise in 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide. The majority of today's refugees live in the developing world, which means that they flee to countries already struggling with poverty and hardship.

20 Jun 2017 description
report Oxfam

Syrian refugees and Palestine refugees from Syria have fled their homes in search of safety, but the majority of Oxfam research participants report that they have not found complete safety and protection in Lebanon. Refugees’ conceptions of what constitutes ‘safety’ are individualized and subjective. The international community and host governments should not make decisions for refugees about what or where is ‘safe’, but instead should support refugees to find safety in the present, and determine their futures for themselves.

SUMMARY

19 Jun 2017 description

GENEVA (19 June 2017) - The Human Rights Council in a midday meeting held a general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories after hearing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein present a report on ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem: comprehensive review on the status of recommendations addressed to all parties since 2009.

19 Jun 2017 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Health Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Improved access to comprehensive primary healthcare (PHC) ; OUTCOME 2) improve access to hospital and advanced referral care; OUTCOME 3) improve outbreak control; OUTCOME 4) Improved Child, Adolescent & Youth Health.

Changes in Context - First Quarter

18 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister says he has revoked visitation rights for Palestinians that were approved for the holy month of Ramadan following a deadly attack on an Israeli servicewoman.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that preparations are underway to destroy the homes of the attackers and tighten security at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Three Palestinians armed with knives and an automatic weapon carried out near simultaneous attacks at two locations Friday night. Police Staff Sgt. Maj. Hadas Malka, 23, was stabbed to death.

17 Jun 2017 description

“I condemn yesterday’s shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem in which one Israeli Border Police officer was killed and at least four others, including civilians, were injured.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.

Such terrorist acts must be clearly condemned by all. I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as “heroic”. They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence.”

16 Jun 2017 description
report Gisha

June 14, 2017. At the initiative of Gisha, a coalition of 16 civil society organizations sent an urgent letter yesterday to the attorney general, demanding that he advise the Cabinet to immediately rescind its decision to reduce the electricity supply sold and provided by Israel to the Gaza Strip.