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03 Sep 2015 description

Patient arrested at Erez; Rafah terminal closed in July

• Rafah border: Rafah terminal was completely closed both directions in July, preventing access for all travellers including patients, in either direction and preventing entry of medical aid and medical delegations to Gaza. The border has been opened a total of only 15 days so far this year, allowing only 127 patients to cross into Egypt for health care. Before the July 2013 closure, more than 4000 Gaza residents crossed Rafah monthly for health-related access.

03 Sep 2015 description
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Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.

The report, “Education Under Fire,” focuses on the impact of violence on schoolchildren and education systems in nine countries* that have been directly or indirectly impacted by violence.

02 Sep 2015 description

Youth are especially vulnerable to multiple and often interlinked forms of violence: in areas of conflict they face specific challenges such as having to take on adult responsibilities while at the same time missing years of education. They are also particularly affected by consequences of conflict such as unemployment, social rupture, trauma and – especially for those involved as combatants – loss of status and resources. Besides economic and social marginalization, they often face political exclusion and, as a result, their transition to adulthood can be prolonged or blocked.

02 Sep 2015 description

25 August 2015 GAZA: A delegation of UN agencies made a media field tour in Gaza to draw attention to the continuing challenges for residents across all sectors as they try to rebuild lives and livelihoods one year after the ceasefire which ended the 51-day summer war.

02 Sep 2015 description

25 AUGUST 2015: Reduced health staff in Gaza: “The shortage of health staff is critical and unprecedented,” according to Dr. Ashraf Abu-Mhadi, in the Ministry of Health. In order to cope, the ministry is using volunteers and closing units and has a contingency plan for cutting services or merging them into fewer facilities. Ministry officials are concerned about deteriorating quality of care due to the conditions, loss of staff and lack of outside training for upgrading skills of medical staff over the past eight years of the blockade.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Highlights

• Philippe Lazzarini assumes his duties as new Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

• Lebanon pays tribute to its humanitarian heroes

• ERC makes first visit to Lebanon; calls for continued international support to maintain stability

• Refugees’ socio-economic situation records serious deterioration

• As of September, WFP will cap assistance at five members per household

• Contributions allow UNRWA to open 2015/16 school year; cash assistance still at risk

02 Sep 2015 description
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Situation Overview

  1. Humanitarian Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.04 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 908.8 million, followed by Yemen, Palestine and Iraq. In total, the appeals and HRPs are 32.1% funded.

  2. The Syria Response Plan (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 7.42 billion. The total amount received is US$ 2.5 billion (33.7%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 4.92 billion (66.3%).

02 Sep 2015 description
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Syria Crisis

Fighting continues to intensify across Syria, further increasing internal displacement and humanitarian needs. As of 31 July, almost 1.2 million people have been internally displaced this year alone, Many have been repeatedly displaced, while hundreds of thousands have fled to neighboring countries, and beyond. Humanitarian access remains very limited to the estimated 422,000 people most in need who are living in besieged areas.

02 Sep 2015 description

The Atlas features dozens of West Bank and Gaza Strip maps, including maps zooming in on every Palestinian governorate. The maps indicate locations of Palestinian cities, towns and communities, Israeli settlements, physical barriers impeding the movement of people, restricted and non-restricted roads and more. In addition, the Atlas includes thematic maps highlighting protection of civilians concerns and humanitarian needs. For the West Bank, these maps highlight the level of access to land and services, settler violence and incidents of demolitions in every region.

02 Sep 2015 description

1 September 2015 | Issue No. 43

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda today, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities.

  • UNRWA medical personnel established a health point in Yalda, treating 330 patients over the course of the day. This included 9 suspected cases of typhoid and 1 case of scabies.

02 Sep 2015 description

In the context of a systematic policy to evacuate Area "C" in the West Bank for the interest of settlement projects, on Monday, 31 August 2015, Israeli forces demolished "al-Khdeirat" Bedouin community, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem near "Adam" settlement, rendering eleven Bedouin families homeless.

02 Sep 2015 description

In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.

02 Sep 2015 description
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Gaza, State of Palestine, 31 August 2015 – Salma, a 15-year old adolescent girl, lives in the Gaza Strip, where poverty is rampant and the threat of violence and political turmoil is a daily hazard. For the past 12 months, she has insisted on sleeping in her mother’s bed as she was too frightened to go to sleep alone after the 2014 escalation of conflict.

01 Sep 2015 description
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These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Yemen

Fighting on the ground is spreading throughout the country. Air strikes are continuing and more and more civilians are losing their lives to land mines.

01 Sep 2015 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Tuesday 9/1/2015 - 19:51 GMT |

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he was willing to engage in immediate and direct peace talks with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, without preconditions.

"I am ready now to go to Ramallah or any other place in order to meet and hold direct negotiations," Netanyahu told members of Women Wage Peace, established following last summer's war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

01 Sep 2015 description

August 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations

Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen

  • Improved situations

Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka

September 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts

Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen

  • Conflict resolution opportunities

    South Sudan

01 Sep 2015 description

Today the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, signed into agreement the first two components of a newly concluded $35 million projects package. The two components, worth $19.5 million, were signed with His Excellency Eng. Yousef Ibrahim Al Bassam, the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD).

01 Sep 2015 description

The United States has announced a generous additional contribution of US$ 15 million to the UNRWA General Fund, which will enable the Agency to open its schools on time for the 2015/16 school year. The latest commitment brings the total US contribution to the General Fund in 2015 to US$ 165 million. The United States is the largest bilateral UNRWA donor.