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Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening


DUBAI, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards.

NGOs are eager to increase aid to the Palestinian region after a 50-day Israeli bombing campaign left over 2,000 dead, thousands wounded and much of the enclave’s infrastructure in ruins, but access rules continue to present huge challenges.


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World + 66 others
CrisisWatch N°133 - 1 September 2014

The fight for control of Libya between the Misrata-led Islamist-leaning coalition and the Zintan-led forces is escalating by the day. Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced in over six weeks of clashes and heavy artillery fire. The Misrata side emerged victorious in the battle over Tripoli’s international airport, taking control of the capital, and made advances around Benghazi, but the larger political divide remains unresolved.

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Red Crescent humanitarian relief-aid consignment to Gaza dispatched

In line with its humanitarian objectives, the Iranian Red Crescent dispatched the humanitarian relief aid and medicines consignment to Gaza Strip today on September 2nd, 2014.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Voucher system provides vulnerable families in Gaza with critical supplies

GAZA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to ensure critical food, water and sanitation supplies reach the most vulnerable families and children affected by 50 days of armed conflict in Gaza.

During the hostilities, 78,000 displaced people in host communities, half of them children, received electronic vouchers which operate like debit cards, enabling them to purchase locally produced food, safe drinking water and sanitary products at local shops.

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ERC delivers 20 trucks of relief assistance to Gazans

GAZA: The Emirates Red Crescent yesterday delivered a relief convey through the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip consisting of 20 trucks of various relief assistance for Gazans affected by recent events in the Strip.

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Gaza Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction Forum Held in Istanbul

Qatar Charity

Taking place just a few days following the signing of a durable truce agreement that ended the latest 51-day aggression on Gaza, an international forum in support of Gaza convened in Istanbul on 30 and 31 August 2014 under the auspices of Qatar Charity.

The newly established 'Popular International Committee to Support the Gaza Strip' launched a campaign to raise one billion US dollars for the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip. This was attended by 250 participants from 35 countries representing more than 70 local and international charities and aid organizations.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 1 September 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA distributed hygiene kits to 295 families, while its health team supported 264 individuals with medical supplies in Yarmouk on 1 September.

"The UNRWA team arrived at the northern Bateekhah entrance to Yarmouk at 10:10 and began operations inside Yarmouk at 11:00. The distribution proceeded in an orderly manner until 15:00, when the authorities signaled an end to the process.

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Gaza Situation Report 55, 01 September 2014


Almost one quarter of UNRWA school buildings (156) continue to serve as collective centers. 55,086 IDPs – Palestine refugees and non-refugees – continue to take shelter in 36 UNRWA schools.


Past 24 hours: The situation in Gaza remains calm.


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Humanitarian Bulletin Lebanon Issue 4 | 16 July - 31 August 2014


• World Humanitarian Day pays tribute to humanitarian workers in Lebanon

• Fighting in Aarsal displaces Lebanese and refugees

• The ERF allocates US$4.5 to projects addressing water scarcity

• The HC travels to Europe to advocate for increased engagement in Lebanon

In this issue

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Daily Situation Update – 31 August 2014

Coordination/ Information Management/ GIS

  • The Logistics Cluster is compiling information and assessing partners’ needs to determine whether the Rafah crossing can be used on a more permanent basis to support the humanitarian community transport relief items from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.

Logistics Gaps and Bottlenecks

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Ban alarmed at Israel's announced seizure of West Bank land

UN News Service

1 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his alarm at the announcement by Israeli authorities to declare nearly 1,000 acres of land in Bethlehem as so-called “state land.”

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 29 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Five per cent of the housing stock is uninhabitable - around 18,000 housing units have been either destroyed or severely damaged, leaving more than 108,000 people without a home.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 5 others
KOFF Newsletter No. 130, September 2014 - Press Freedom and Peacebuilding

Table of Contents



Freedom of Expression and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka 3


Gender Asymmetries in the Media World 4
Press Freedom, a Fundamental Issue for Peace 5
Civil Liberties at Risk in Algeria 5
Press House Palestine – a Free (Media) Island in Gaza 6
Syria: a Magazine to Escape the Horrors of War 6


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Humanitarian Crisis in the Gaza Strip 27.08.2014

Facts and figures

2101 Palestinians killed (with at least 1460 civilians) and 10224 wounded

67 Israelis killed (3 civilians)

244 schools and 17000 homes destroyed or damaged

On 1 August 2014, the UN called for USD 369 million in relief to meet emergency needs just in Gaza (source: OCHA /26.08.2014)

The SDC's commitment

Amount allocated to the crisis: CHF 3.65 million

Medical care
Emergency relief
Respect for international humanitarian law

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ROMENA: Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (28 August 2014) [EN/AR]



Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 1.74 billion, the largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 692 million, followed by Palestine with US$ 271 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 40.1% funded with a 59.9% shortfall. Iraq SRP was over funded by 81.2%.

The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) jointly requested US$ 6.02 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.41 billion (40%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 3.61 billion (60%).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 August 2014) [EN/AR]

A new snapshot highlights armed conflict causing widespread displacement and increasing humanitarian needs in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Palestine, Yemen and Pakistan.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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UNRWA and WFP partner to secure food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria in Lebanon

UNRWA and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to support cash for food assistance for Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) in Lebanon.

The signing ceremony was hosted by the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly in his office in Baabda, and attended by ambassadors and heads of United Nations agencies in Lebanon.

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Gaza Situation Report 53/54 - 31 August 2014


Almost one quarter of UNRWA school buildings (156) continue to serve as collective centers. 58,071 IDPs – Palestine refugees and non-refugees – continue to take shelter in 36 UNRWA schools.

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PRCS’ Operational update 24-30 August 2014

PRCS increased its readiness to respond to the needs of Palestinians affected by Israeli attacks in various areas in the oPt. Below are the PRCS interventions during the reporting period.

General Situation in the Gaza Strip

• The open-ended ceasefire which entered into force the past Tuesday is holding, with no violations reported.

• Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons have left emergency shelters. However, over 100,000 people, whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged, will need longer- term shelter solutions.

Palestine Red Crescent Society:

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