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23 Jul 2016 description

Khirbet Zanuta, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Saturday 7/23/2016 - 04:05 GMT | 715 words

by Majeda El-Batsh

A tiny Palestinian village in the Hebron hills could soon cease to exist after a nine-year legal battle with Israeli authorities who say its 167 residents live on an archaeological site.

Israel's supreme court is expected to make a final decision on the fate of Khirbet Zanuta soon.

22 Jul 2016 description

Kafr Malik, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Friday 7/22/2016 - 03:12 GMT | 474 words

by Shatha Yaish

Their faces covered in mesh and bodies protected by white suits, three Palestinian women carefully inspect beehives which they say have helped to transform their lives.

In the hills of the West Bank, occupied for nearly half a century by Israel, producing honey has become an economic lifeline for a growing number of women.

21 Jul 2016 description

Every day, 10 people are killed by landmines. Besides claiming such a substantial number of lives, landmines form an obstacle to post-conflict reconstruction efforts. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said: ‘The devastating impact of landmines doesn’t stop when the violence ends. Emergency workers are left unable to reach the places where they’re needed, refugees can’t return home and farmers can’t access their land.

21 Jul 2016 description

Latest developments

  • Overnight on 19 July, unknown assailants set fire to a home in Duma village (Nablus); although the residents managed to escape uninjured, the house was extensively damaged. A similar arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers in July 2015 in the same village killed an infant and both his parents.

  • On 19 July, a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy was shot with rubber bullet and killed during clashes with Israeli forces near the northern entrance of Ar Ram town (Jerusalem).

21 Jul 2016 description

National school exams commenced on 3 May for grades 1 through 12. In June, permission was granted for 47 grade 12 students from Khan Eshieh camp, 47 from Lebanon, and 45 from Yarmouk to travel to Damascus to sit for their examinations. The students were hosted in several facilities in central Damascus for the duration of their stay and provided with food baskets and hygiene kits.

21 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • In June, WFP assisted 697,765 people in Lebanon: 678,163 Syrian refugees and 19,602 Palestinian refugees from Syria. 27,208 vulnerable Lebanese were also assisted through the National Poverty Targeting Programme (NPTP) to which WFP only provided technical support in June.

In Numbers

697,765 people assisted in June

USD 702 million directly injected into the Lebanese economy through the e-card platform since 2013

Situation Update

21 Jul 2016 description
report European Union

The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah condemn the three death sentences issued in Gaza on 19th July.

21 Jul 2016 description
  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt

    • Two Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed in the southern and central side of the West Bank.
    • 16 civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    • A civilian succumbed to his wounds and two others were wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip and wounded a bird hunter.

21 Jul 2016 description
report Oxfam

In February 2016, Oxfam hosted its first learning event on working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in order to bring together a range of Oxfam and partner staff to exchange programmatic and operational learning. This report documents the outcomes and discussions.

21 Jul 2016 description
report Harvard University

On 14 April 2004, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon presented to President George W. Bush a Disengagement Plan designed, according to the Israeli prime minister, to improve the security of Israel and stabilize its political and economic situation. After the original disengagement plan was defeated in a Likud referendum in early May, the Israeli prime minister issued a revised version of his Disengagement Plan on 6 June 2004.

21 Jul 2016 description

1394, or 63%, of the 2,202 Palestinians killed by Israeli security forces in Operation "Protective Edge" did not take part in the hostilities. Of these, 526 – a quarter of all Palestinians killed in the operation – were children under eighteen years of age. These are some of the figures published today by Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem to mark two years since the operation, which took place in July-August 2014.

20 Jul 2016 description
report UN News Service

20 July 2016 – The United Nations official coordinating the peace process toward resolving the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine today expressed concern about reports of yet another arson attack targeting a Palestinian family in Duma in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

“If confirmed, this despicable act would be the third incident in this particular village in the last year,” said the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov.

20 Jul 2016 description

Under the patronage of the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Matthias Schmale, and with the generous support of the British Embassy to Lebanon, the UNRWA Siblin Training Centre (South and North Campuses) held two graduation ceremonies for the 314 Palestine refugee students from Lebanon and Syria who completed short-term vocational training courses at the Centre in 2016. The ceremony in the South Campus was held on Wednesday, 13 July 2016, and was attended by Mr.

20 Jul 2016 description

The quarterly dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Energy & Water sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Ensure access to sufficient electricity; OUTCOME 2) Ensure access to safe water; OUTCOME 3) Ensure access to sanitation and stormwater drainage services; OUTCOME 4) Ensure mitigation of environmental impacts; OUTCOME 5) Maintain hygienic conditions; OUTCOME 6) Ensure contingency and prepardness.

20 Jul 2016 description

During the “Protective Edge” military operation in the Gaza Strip in 2014, Houssam’s house in Al-Mughraqa neighbourhood was severely damaged by a stray shell. ACTED has not only helped him to build it back, but has also ensured it is a safe environment for the entire family.

A slow reconstruction

When Houssam’s house was shelled, both bedrooms and the roof were destroyed and the family found themselves amongst the 500,000 Gazan civilians who were displaced during the 2014 conflict.

20 Jul 2016 description

On Tuesday, 19 July 2016, Gaza Military Court issued a death sentence against a Palestinian civilian. On the same day, the High Military Court also upheld 2 other sentences; one of them is against a civilian, while the other is against a security officer. All the sentences were issued on grounds of collaboration with the Israeli forces. It should be noted that the two upheld sentences will be implemented following the Palestinian President’s ratification.

20 Jul 2016 description
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