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28 May 2015 description

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has announced a new SEK 40 million (US$ 4.8 million) contribution to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.

The Emergency Appeal addresses the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, including East Jerusalem, through interventions such as emergency food and livelihood support for the most vulnerable families, and the promotion and protection of the rights of refugees and living through acute crises.

28 May 2015 description
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Israeli forces shot and killed one Palestinian man in the At Tur area of East Jerusalem, after he ran-over a group of Israeli border policemen, injuring two of them. While according to an initial investigation by the Israeli authorities this was a deliberate attack, Palestinian eye witnesses claim that it was an accident.

28 May 2015 description

Rafah closed, Erez

  • Rafah border: April was the second month in 2015 that the border terminal was completely closed by Egypt in both directions for all travellers, including for patients and medical aid. The Rafah border with Egypt has been opened for 5 of the 120 days this year, in January for 3 days and March for 2 days).

28 May 2015 description

International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, AM & PM Meetings Meetings CoverageASTANA, 27 May — The 2015 International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today, with two panel discussions that explored how social media both hindered and advanced audiences’ acceptance of Israeli-Palestinian narratives, as speakers throughout the day analysed the media’s role in promoting a facts-based discourse about the recent conflict in Gaza.

28 May 2015 description

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham today, providing health services, vaccinations, dental services, fresh water and child nutritional supplements. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

SITUATION REPORT – 27 MAY 2015

28 May 2015 description

The villages of a-Sheikh Sa’ed and a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah have been artificially cut off from East Jerusalem by an eight-meter-high wall. Before this partition was built, the two villages formed a contiguous urban bloc with East Jerusalem and, in particular, with the villages of Jabal al-Mukabber and a-Sawahrah al-Gharbiyah to its south with which they shared extensive family, commercial and cultural ties. A-Sheikh Sa’ed is home to some 2,000 residents, and a-Sawahrah a-Sharqiyah, situated some two kilometers to its north, has a population of approximately 6,000.

27 May 2015 description

On Monday, 25 May 2015, representatives of the Civil Administration (CA) came to the Palestinian community of Ibziq in the Jordan Valley and told four families the military would be holding maneuvers in the area near their homes the following day. They ordered the four families to evacuate their homes for the whole of the next day – from 6:00 A.M. to midnight. The families number a total of 19 people, including five minors.

27 May 2015 description

Turkey’s assistance to Palestine has reached 369 million US dollars in the last decade. In 2014, Turkey provided a total assistance of 76.3 million US dollars to Palestine, 59.2 million US Dollars of which constituted official assistance (34.7 million US dollars for public development assistance, 24.5 million US dollars for emergency assistance) while the remaining 17.1 million US Dollars consisted of non-governmental assistance (9.4 million US dollars of which constituted the assistance provided by NGOs, and 7.7 million US dollars for emergency assistance).

27 May 2015 description
report Middle East Quartet

Ahead of the 27 May 2015 meeting of the Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) in Brussels, the Office of the Quartet Representative (OQR) submitted its report on the political and economic situation on the ground, as well as an update on the work of the Office in support of Palestinian economic growth and institution building.

Executive Summary

27 May 2015 description

This booklet is the fruit of a project between Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Save the children in 2014. Al Mezan worked with a group of children in Gaza to introduce human rights to them and support their active participation in their protection. Children were educated on what human rights and child rights are, and on how to monitor rights violations within their communities and schools. During the year, 120 children were invited to trainings, meetings and assessments so they can take an active part in monitoring human rights violations.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

1 . The present, fifteenth, report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested me to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of those resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

27 May 2015 description

The Austrian government has donated EUR 1.25 million (US$ 1,382,743) to help UNRWA provide health care to Palestine refugees in Gaza and the West Bank.

27 May 2015 description

Gaza: Palestinians tortured, summarily killed by Hamas forces during 2014 conflict

Hamas forces carried out a brutal campaign of abductions, torture and unlawful killings against Palestinians accused of “collaborating” with Israel and others during Israel’s military offensive against Gaza in July and August 2014, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

26 May 2015 description

PAL/2188-PI/2133

International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East,
AM & PM Meetings

ASTANA, 26 May — The United Nations would spare no effort in supporting the quest for peace in the Middle East, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants in a two-day international media seminar today, stressing that a free, pluralistic media was essential in covering both the Israeli-Palestinian story and broader regional dynamics in a fast-paced digital world.

26 May 2015 description

UN report warns that maintaining the status quo in the occupied Palestinian territory is not tenable

26 May 2015 description

Al Mezan Condemns the Israeli Attacks against Fishermen and Calls for International Protection for Them

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) continues attacks against Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza sea. The IOF opens fire on fishermen and destroys and confiscate their boats and equipment.

26 May 2015 description

Damascus, Syria | AFP | Tuesday 5/26/2015 - 16:22 GMT

Islamic State group jihadists in Syria are trying to retake positions they lost in previous fighting in the Yarmuk refugee camp in southern Damascus, a Palestinian official said on Tuesday.

"There is intermittent fighting between Palestinian factions and IS and Al-Nusra Front which are trying to retake positions in the centre of Yarmuk," Khaled Abdel Majid, head of the Palestinian Popular Struggle Front which is close to Syria's regime, told AFP.

26 May 2015 description

BADIL releases the Summer 2015 issue of al-Majdal (#57), titled “Palestinian refugees from Syria: Ongoing Nakba, Ongoing Discrimination 2”. This is the second of our two-issue focus on Palestinian refugees in/from Syria. In both issues, the articles survey the humanitarian and legal status of displaced Palestinians, elaborate the international framework in the Syria crisis, and discuss the implications of this crisis and the terrible outcomes it leads to.