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World + 13 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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World must suspend arms sales to protect civilians as Gaza violence escalates again

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Oxfam

After ceasefire talks collapsed and violence erupted yet again, Oxfam today called on all states to immediately suspend transfers of arms or ammunition to Israel and any Palestinian armed group while there is serious risk that they could be used to violate international humanitarian law.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza emergency Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 20 August 2014, 8:00 hrs)

Situation Overview

A series of negotiated ceasefires, stretching over nine days in total, ended on 19 August before the midnight deadline. Hostilities continued overnight and into today, resulting in additional Palestinian fatalities and property damage. There has been an increase in the number of internally displaced as Palestinians, in particular from the northern and eastern areas of Gaza, seeking a safe place in emergency shelters.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Israeli air strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

08/21/2014 09:09 GMT

by Yahya HASSOUNA

RAFAH, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Israeli warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief.

And a Hamas warning to foreign airlines to avoid flying into Israel's main airport, appeared to have fallen on deaf ears with air traffic operating as normal, aviation officials said.

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Gaza: “El fin del alto el fuego pone en peligro el acceso a las víctimas”

  • En el paréntesis de los últimos días, Acción contra el Hambre ha ampliado la evaluación de daños y ha iniciado la distribución de agua y suministros para aliviar la situación de más de 60.000 personas

  • Al menos 30 trabajadores humanitarios han muerto hasta el momento en esta escalada de violencia

Madrid, 21 de agosto de 2014

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Israel Forces Resume Offensive on Gaza and Commit More Crimes; 12 Palestinian Civilians, Including 5 Children and 3 Women, Killed and 78 Others, Including 29 Children and 19 Women, Wounded;11 Houses Destroyed

Ref: 126/2014 Time: 07:00 GMT

Since the Beginning of the Israeli Offensive, 2,056 Palestinians, 1,580 of Whom Are Civilians, Including 484 Children and 284 Women, Killed, and 10,271 Others, Mostly Civilians, Including 3,113 Children and 1,989 Women, Wounded;851 Houses Destroyed by Israeli Warplanes;Hundreds of Families Displaced to Shelters

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Hamas says 3 senior commanders killed in Gaza

GAZA CITY, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - The armed wing of Hamas announced Thursday that three of its senior commanders were killed in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike in southern Gaza that medics said killed seven people.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades identified the three as Mohammed Abu Shamala, Raed al-Atar and Mohammed Barhum.

Witnesses said the strike, which took place in the southern city of Rafah on the Egyptian border, levelled a four-storey family home in Rafah.

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PRCS Dispatches 53 Relief Aid Trucks to the Gaza Strip

(Al-Bireh- 19/8/2014): Fifty three trucks loaded with relief aid were dispatched from PRCS’ Headquarters in Al-Bireh to the Gaza Strip in coordination with ICRC. This aid shall be distributed to affected families and displaced populations living in shelters in the aftermath of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.

Relief items included food, blankets, mattresses, medicine, water, clothes as well as milk and diapers for children. All items were donated by individuals, Civil Society Organizations, municipalities and Village Councils throughout the West Bank.

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Episcopal Relief & Development Reaffirms Support

Episcopal Relief & Development reaffirms its support for Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, an institution of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, as it responds to critical humanitarian needs during the current conflict.

The organization’s support has enabled Al-Ahli Hospital to procure fuel to run its generators, which are crucial during frequent and prolonged electricity outages, and to provide food parcels to community members in need, in addition to patients and staff.

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Amos: UN seeks cooperation with Iran in information sharing on crisis management

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA – The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Sunday announced that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Amos said there is a lot of experience available to Iran that are important to share.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 20 August 2014

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

"UNRWA distributed hygiene kits to 82 civilian families in Yarmouk on 20 August, following a break of humanitarian distributions over the last 10 days.

"The UNRWA team arrived at northern Bateekhah entrance at 10:00 and distribution commenced in Yarmouk at 14:15. Distribution continued in an orderly manner until 16:30, when the operation was concluded.

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Hamas warns foreign airlines not to fly into Tel Aviv

08/21/2014 02:34 GMT

by Jennie MATTHEW

GAZA CITY, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - A Hamas warning to foreign airlines to halt flights into Tel Aviv was to take effect Thursday as a six-week war with Israel spiralled into further bloodshed after truce talks collapsed.

The warning came as Israeli warplanes carried out dozens of air strikes across Gaza again on Wednesday in response to multiple rocket attacks on southern Israel, as nine days of calm exploded into bloodshed.

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Israel/Egypt: Provide Rights Groups Access to Gaza

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch Staff Denied Entry

(New York) – Israel should immediately allow access to Gaza for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other international human rights organizations so they can investigate allegations of serious violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today.

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Amid fresh violence in Gaza, Ban urges parties to reach ‘immediate understanding’ on durable ceasefire

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UN News Service

20 August 2014 – As renewed violence signalled the end of the latest Gaza ceasefire, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed grave disappointment at the return to hostilities and urged the parties to “reach an immediate understanding on a durable ceasefire which also addresses the underlying issues.”

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Gaza Situation Report 43, 20 August 2014

UPDATE AT 16:30

  • Dramatic increase in IDP numbers due to military escalation: 261,341 displaced in 82 UNRWA shelters.
  • According to preliminary information by the Protection Cluster 17 killed in the past 24 hours. The cumulative Palestinian death toll climbed to 1,999, including 467 children and 244 women. Over the course of the military escalation, 66 Israelis were killed, including 64 soldiers, two civilians plus one foreign national.

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Water officials in Gaza: 40% of the population with no access to running water

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Gisha

August 20, 2014. The Gaza Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) reported that 40% of the population does not have access to running water. The rest of the population receives running water every 3-4 days on average. Those residing in UNRWA shelters rely on water that is tanked in by CMWU.

Access to running water improved over the last week due to repairs that were made to the network as well as improvements in availability of electricity supply. Electricity is needed to pump water to homes.

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Crisis in Gaza 2014, ANERA Response Log - August 20, 2014 | Deliveries made despite resumption of hostilities

In the past 24 hours ANERA brought three trucks into Gaza and distributed 13,440 bottles of water, 1,065 hygiene kits, and 720 containers of liquid soap (USAID-funded) to families in two UN shelters. ANERA staff members coordinate and accompany these shipments on a daily basis to ensure they safely get to where they are most needed.

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American Near East Refugee Aid:

To learn more about ANERA, please visit http://www.anera.org/.

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Delivering Drinking Water to Gaza

When a short-term ceasefire was announced, children, women and men went into the streets with their empty bottles, jugs and jerry cans looking for places to fill them with water to drink. Bombing damage to infrastructure has created water shortages everywhere.

American Near East Refugee Aid:

To learn more about ANERA, please visit http://www.anera.org/.