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01 Feb 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

BEIRUT, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of longtime Palestinian refugees in a camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital have been cut off from United Nations emergency aid for nearly two months by armed groups that are preventing access, a U.N. official said.

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31 Jan 2015 description

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Saturday 1/31/2015 - 18:20 GMT

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian late on Saturday near Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, Palestinian security officials said.

They said Ahmad al-Najjar, 19, was killed and another man was wounded by live fire during a clash with Israeli forces.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that soldiers had opened fire on two Palestinians who had thrown petrol bombs at vehicles on a road near Nablus used by civilians.

30 Jan 2015 description

Funding to Gaza has slowed significantly in recent months. The UN-coordinated appeal 2014 for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is 47% funded, which compares with the average of 57% for all UN-coordinated appeals in 2014. Due to a lack of funds, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) suspended emergency work on temporary shelter and repairs in Gaza this week.

The 2015 oPt UN-coordinated appeal requests US$705 million to respond to the humanitarian needs of 1.6 million people in Gaza and the West Bank in 2015.

30 Jan 2015 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Friday 1/30/2015 - 11:04 GMT

by Steve Weizman

Israel on Friday published tenders to build 450 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, in a plan denounced by the Palestinians as a "war crime".

Settlements watchdog Peace Now tied the move to Israel's March 17 general election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is competing with other rightwing parties for the settler vote.

30 Jan 2015 description


●Lack of financial resources impedes home reconstruction in Gaza, despite progress in the assessment and clearance of cases.
●Relaxation in eligibility criteria for exit permits from Gaza via Israel alongside ongoing closure of Gaza’s crossing with Egypt.
●Over 1,200 displaced in the West Bank in the context of Israeli home demolitions during 2014, a six-year high.


30 Jan 2015 description

Press Release No. 15/24
January 29, 2015

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. This mission will not result in a Board discussion.

29 Jan 2015 description

29.01.2015 - Jordan – Switzerland of the Middle East or refugee camp of the region? GIZ expert Gudrun Kramer talks to rbb-Inforadio about the situation of Palestinian refugees in the country.

Around five million Palestinians are registered as refugees with the United Nations. The majority of them live in Jordan. Over the decades, the places where they once settled temporarily have developed in such a way that they now function like towns of their own.

29 Jan 2015 description

1/29/2015 - 16:31 GMT

Israel's state-run electricity company is to reduce energy supplies to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank because of a debt of more than $450 million, an official said Thursday.

The move comes at a time of diplomatic tensions, weeks after Israel froze the Palestinian Authority's (PA) tax revenues in retaliation for joining the International Criminal Court (ICC).

29 Jan 2015 description

1/29/2015 - 18:03 GMT

Lawyers representing the Comoros on Thursday asked International Criminal Court judges to order its chief prosecutor to reconsider her decision not to probe Israel's deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The Comoros, which has referred the case to the ICC, "asks the Chamber to request the Prosecutor to reconsider her decision not to open an investigation," its lawyers said in papers filed before the Hague-based court.

29 Jan 2015 description

On 26 November 2014, a woman from Silwan, in East Jerusalem, is attacked by a group of settlers who try to drag her into a vehicle.

Sana lives with her husband and children in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan. Her youngest child is three-years-old. Sana suffers from severe migraines for which she need specialized medical help. “On 26 November 2014, I had a migraine all day. I took my medication but nothing seemed to help.”

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF is requesting US$37.3 million to meet the humanitarian needs of children in the State of Palestine.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Beyrouth, le 29 janvier 2015) – Les gouvernements commettent une grave erreur lorsqu'ils délaissent les droits humains dans leurs réponses à de graves défis sécuritaires, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd'hui, à l’occasion de la publication de son Rapport mondial 2015.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

World Report 2015: Rights Aren’t Wrong in Tough Times
Human Rights a Path Out of Crisis and Chaos

(Beirut, January 29, 2015) – Governments make a big mistake when they ignore human rights to counter serious security challenges, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its annual world report.

28 Jan 2015 description
Arabic version

Jerusalem, 28 January 2015

The Special Coordinator is outraged by the assault on the UNSCO compound in Gaza this morning. During a pre-announced demonstration, of which Hamas was well aware, a number of protestors climbed the perimeter wall and entered the compound causing damage to United Nations premises and property. Due to precautionary measures taken, United Nations personnel working in the compound were fortunately unharmed.

28 Jan 2015 description
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Part AI : Overview and sectoral analysis
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Part AII : Governorate profiles
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Part B : Host Countries

This Regional Analysis of the Syria conflict (RAS) is produced quarterly and seeks to bring together information from all sources in the region to provide analysis of the overall Syria crisis. Part A covers the situation in Syria. Part A I highlights countrywide humanitarian concerns while Part A II provides detailed analysis per governorate. Part B covers the impact of the crisis on neighbouring countries.