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03 Aug 2015 description
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3 August 2015 – Chris Gunness has served as the Spokesperson and Director of Advocacy and Communications for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for almost a decade.

03 Aug 2015 description

July 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations
    Colombia

August 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Turkey, Yemen

-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan

02 Aug 2015 description

USD 1,214,406 were injected into local economy through vouchers/e-cards in June 2015

01 Aug 2015 description

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Four years ago Samira's husband was killed while farming his land in the West Bank, leaving her with seven children to support, little education and no source of income. "I was very afraid after the death of my husband, because I was alone," the 43-year-old widow recalled. "I never used to do farming and agriculture. This was a challenge for me." In the remote West Bank village of At-Tayba, Rana, 38, completed her education but is unable to work far from home because her elderly mother requires round-the-clock care.

01 Aug 2015 description
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31 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN special envoy on the Middle East have strongly condemned today’s arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian child and left the child’s parents severely injured.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns today's murder of a Palestinian child in the West Bank and calls for the perpetrators of this terrorist act to be promptly brought to justice,” reads a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.

31 Jul 2015 description

The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) is a temporary agreement created by the United Nations and agreed between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in September 2014. The mechanism is designed to address Israel’s security concerns while allowing the entry of construction materials (aggregate, cement & steel bars only) into the Gaza Strip. Such materials are necessary to enable the type of large scale construction and reconstruction work that is necessary in Gaza after the 2014 Israeli war.

31 Jul 2015 description
  • On 26 July, UNRWA held an extraordinary session of its Advisory Commission (AdCom) to discuss the Agency’s most devastating financial crisis since its establishment. The extraordinary Advisory Commission session discussed a special report to be sent by the Commissioner-General to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and on to all 193 members of the United Nations.

31 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Significant decline in Israeli-Palestinian violence and resulting casualties across the oPt during the first half of 2015, compared with the previous six months

  • Heightened threats of demolition and forcible displacement in two herding communities in Area C of the West Bank.

  • Over 275,000 Palestinians allowed into East Jerusalem for the Friday Prayers of Ramadan; some restrictions reinstated following Palestinian attacks.

31 Jul 2015 description

Nablus, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 15:52 GMT

by Jaafar Ashtiyeh

A Palestinian toddler was burned to death and four family members wounded in an arson attack by suspected Jewish settlers on two homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday.

The attack added to tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, sparking protests by hundreds of people and sporadic clashes, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a rare call to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a bid to avoid further escalation.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

29 Jul 2015 description

United Nations, United States | AFP | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 19:14 GMT

by Michael Blum

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Wednesday the "immediate" construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups.

A senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official denounced the plans to build new homes as "war crimes" and accused Israel of sabotaging peace efforts.

29 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The rehabilitation of sub-standard buildings and weatherproofing kits have improved the living conditions of over 135,000 refugees and 8,000 Lebanese. The shelter sector is currently exploring options on how to make these two key shelter activities more sustainable.

• The rehabilitation of unoccupied or occupied buildings is time consuming, which makes landlords hesitant to allocate their buildings rent-free to refugees.

29 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Provision of WASH services has contributed to recent reduction in cases of water-borne diseases.

• Recent improved collaboration with the WASH related Government institutions to better reflect existing strategies, priorities and legal framework.

• Secondments for information coordinators and hydraulic engineers in the four regional water establishments have been initiated to fill much needed capacity gaps in the Government.

29 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Limited funding forced food assistance activities to be scaled down.

• Due to funding shortfalls, refugees are facing a further reduction of the e-card value from US$19 to US$ 13.5 for July.

• The impact of the reduction of assistance was captured by WFP and its partners during April focus group discussions with families reporting various negative coping strategies such as begging, borrowing cash and child labour.

29 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The average household monthly expenditure on health in 2014 was USD 90 month (UNHCR Health Access and Utilization survey).

• Recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases including measles and mumps have been reported.

• It is estimated that around 20% of displaced Syrians in need of hospital care are not able to access it translating to 20,000 persons per year.

• Over 800,000 doses of oral polio vaccinations were administered to children of all nationalities throughout Lebanon.