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19 Apr 2015 description

·Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded four others, including a child, in Beit Ommar, north of Hebron.

·A member of a Palestinian armed group died of wounds he sustained during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

19 Apr 2015 description

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 06:31 GMT

An explosive device was detonated outside the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in Gaza City overnight, without causing any injuries, UN and Palestinian security sources said late Saturday.

"A bomb exploded near the outer wall of UNRWA's headquarters in Gaza, some 10 metres (yards) from the gate, without causing any injuries or damage," agency spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna told AFP.

19 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl expressed sincere appreciation to Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) Chief Executive Officer Anwar Ahmed Khan on March 17 for their recent contributions totaling US$ 3 million. These funds will help improve the lives of Palestine refugees living in the Gaza Strip in the wake of the 2014 summer conflict.

19 Apr 2015 description

“My mother started crying when my children and I surprised her with a visit after six months of absence,” says Sameera. “I had not been able to afford the transport costs to visit. People who live in Jordan could afford to visit Tulkarem more frequently than I, and I only live 20 minutes away.

19 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. UNRWA significantly expanded its response operations today, reaching the area of Babila, a neighbouring area of Yarmouk, for the first time. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

HIGHLIGHTS

19 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

18 April 2015 – The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities – a move in line with the Paris Protocol.

18 Apr 2015 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Saturday 4/18/2015 - 14:23 GMT

A Palestinian driver deliberately rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop this week and killed an Israeli man in a "horrible attack", police chief Yohanan Danino said on Saturday.

"Today we can say that it is a horrible attack," Danino said in a statement after an investigation into Wednesday's incident.

He ruled out initial suggestions that it had been an accident.

17 Apr 2015 description

By Hanne Sorine Sorensen, IFRC

Twice a week Amani Muhammed Al-Jamal enters the small house in Rafah in the Gaza Strip, where Mahmoud and Alaf live with their seven children. Three have disabilities and one is deaf.

The three severely disabled children are not getting any education due to the lack of specialised centres in Rafah, while their sibling who suffers from hearing impairment attends a school for deaf children in the area.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

16 April 2015 – During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the gravity of the situation in Yemen, saying the country in “in flames” and pointing out how the current crisis is multiplying the already high levels of suffering and insecurity faced by many in the population.

17 Apr 2015 description

POP/1040

Commission on Population and Development, Forty-eighth Session,
7th Meeting (AM)
Economic and Social Council
Meetings Coverage

Island States Warn Natural Disasters Could ‘Undo Decades of Development in a Day’

The impact of conflict and natural disasters and the often resulting flows of refugees and displaced persons must be included when considering contemporary population trends and transitions and their integration into the new development agenda, the Commission on Population and Development heard today.

17 Apr 2015 description

Khan Yunis, Gaza (8 April 2015): The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) organized an event in Gaza, attended by thousands of people in Khan Yunis, to celebrate the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador for Palestine Refugees was the special guest and gave a performance.

17 Apr 2015 description

Ramallah, April 16, 2015—Defense for Children International Palestine today released a report, Operation Protective Edge: A War Waged on Children, detailing the high price paid by children during Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer.

17 Apr 2015 description

UNRWA continues to seek secure and unhindered access to Yarmouk itself and stands ready to expand the response in the case of further displacement from the area. The UNRWA responsein surrounding areas continued today, 16 April 2015, with a fourth mission to Yalda, an area to the east of Yarmouk hosting dispalced Palestine refugees and Syrian civilians from Yarmouk. Humanitarian activities continue in Tadamoun, to the north-east.

HIGHLIGHTS

16 Apr 2015 description

For the first time, UNRWA, with funds from Islamic Relief Canada, has launched a project that provides special educational and psychological support to injured refugee students at UNRWA schools, and if necessary at their homes, across the Gaza Strip. The ‘supporting students in Gaza after the summer 2014 hostilities’ project, worth approximately US$1 million, started in November 2014 and will run for fourteen months.

16 Apr 2015 description

On 17 April 2015, Palestinians around the world commemorate Prisoners’ Day in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, including minors, held in Israeli prisons, and with those subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

16 Apr 2015 description

Weekly Highlights

Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians: a 28-year-old man during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers in Beit Ummar (Hebron) and a 27-year-old man who stabbed and injured two Israeli soldiers near Sinjil village (Ramallah). The first incident took place during the funeral of a 22-year-old Palestinian who died after being released from an Israeli prison due to his medical condition, which according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club was caused by medical negligence.

16 Apr 2015 description

Over the past three days, UNRWA has completed three successful missions to Yalda, an area adjacent to Yarmouk, which is hosting a large number of displaced civilians.

UNRWA delivered essential humanitarian materials, including food , water purification treatments, mattresses, blankets, family kitchen sets and hygiene kits. UNRWA has treated 304 patients in Yalda so far after establishing a mobile health point. This live-saving assistance was provided to families affected by the recent eruption of violence in Yarmouk, Palestinians and Syrians alike.

16 Apr 2015 description

By UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl

It is the individual lives at the heart of the Yarmouk story that make the imperative for humanitarian action so compelling. I encountered two such individuals on my mission to Damascus – Jihad and Mohammad -- tiny vulnerable infants who left Yarmouk in recent days, a place that was described last week by the Secretary-General as one of the “lower circles of hell”. The fact that they are alive truly make them miracle children.