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26 Oct 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

25 OCTOBER 2016

Committee also Debates Human Settlements Programme, Focuses on New Urban Agenda Israel’s continued occupation of the State of Palestine and the Syrian Golan was throwing people into poverty and severely impeding sustainable development, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) as it debated those territories today.

25 Oct 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

Israeli control over water supplies in the occupied West Bank has left Palestinians desperate.

Eloise Bollack

Ramallah, occupied West Bank - Enas Taha, a resident of the Palestinian village of Kafr al-Deek in the occupied West Bank, has become desperate.

25 Oct 2016 description

Asia: Catching the wave of success

As the highest performing region under the Millennium Development Goals, Asia has much to shout about. Among other notable achievements, poverty has been slashed by more than two-thirds, great strides have been made in the delivery of healthcare, and primary school enrolments have surged.

The results are remarkable for a continent that is the largest on earth and home to more than half the world’s population.

25 Oct 2016 description

Key messages

  • The situation in Palestine can be described as a protracted crisis with a deteriorating humanitarian situation where Palestinians are affected by prolonged occupation, the blockade of the Gaza strip, recurrent violations of International Law and the contextual lack of accountability for those violations. 2.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance out of a total population of 4.8 million.

24 Oct 2016 description


  • In September, WFP assisted 703,185 people: 650,282 Syrian refugees, 15,344 Palestinian refugees from Syria and 37,559 vulnerable Lebanese were assisted through the Government of Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Programme (NPTP).

  • Extensive preparations are underway for the new e-card distributions in October. WFP and its partners will replace all existing blue e-cards with new red e-cards which will be used by UNHCR, UNICEF, Lebanese Cash Consortium and WFP.

WFP Assistance

24 Oct 2016 description

Looking at the impact of the conflict in Syria on Palestine refugees in the third quarter of 2016, statistics are a bleak illustration of the severe consequences of five years of brutal conflict on this community.

Over 40 per cent of the camps that have traditionally been home to Palestine refugee communities over the last 65 years in Syria have been engulfed by conflict. Out of the 12 Palestine refugee camps throughout the country, five are either destroyed or inaccessible to the Agency, including Ein el Tal, Dera’a camp, Yarmouk, Sbeineh and Khan Eshieh.

24 Oct 2016 description

UNRWA was able to disburse over US$ 1.7 million for reconstruction (over US$ 951,000) and severe repair works (over US$ 759,000). The funds reached a total of 242 refugee families across Gaza; they were able to access their assistance this week.

Emergency shelter – including support for home repairs, reconstruction and interim shelter solutions – is a top priority for UNRWA. The Agency remains committed to supporting affected families yet requires new funding to continue the shelter cash assistance programme.

Background Information

21 Oct 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.

21 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The Gaza strip experienced a series of airstrikes and shelling during the month of August, the most intensive attacks since the ceasefire in August 2014. The violence in the West Bank including East Jerusalem also increased recently. There were more than 250 clashes between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF), leaving more than 300 Palestinians and more than 15 Israelis, including a number of ISF personnel, injured. There were more than 15 stabbing incidents reported.

21 Oct 2016 description

Four Palestine refugees were killed on the night of 18 October as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh Palestine refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to which access has been highly restricted. Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her 60's, her daughter Ibaa Saeed al-Nader, 22, their driver and a one-year old baby were all killed when their vehicle was shelled around 10 p.m. The mother of the baby, a Syrian citizen, also died in the incident.

21 Oct 2016 description

Opinion piece: By Bo Schack, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza

“I have survived the past three wars, but that is not the problem. In this place, wars come and go. The bigger struggle is not to lose hope. The only way I can do that is to retreat, and create my own world, and become oblivious.” This was told to me by 36-year old Ali, who works as a waiter in one of the coffee shops in Gaza city.

20 Oct 2016 description

Weekly highlights

  • On 9 October, a 40-year-old Palestinian man from Silwan (East Jerusalem) carried out a shooting attack, killing a 60-year-old Israeli woman and an Israeli police officer and injuring another five in the Sheikh Jarrah area of East Jerusalem.

20 Oct 2016 description

At approximately 12:00 am on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, unknown armed men opened fire at the entrance of the house of Al Sheikh Mahmoud Abd Al Azeiz Jouda, 56. The house is located in Al Khamsein St., in Al Shouka village, eastern Rafah. No injuries were reported. A force from the field control unit along with the investigation unit and the internal security arrived at the scene. The police found 12 empty bullets. According to Al Mezan’s field investigations, the armed men were driving a motorcycle, one of them opened fire from a Kalashnikov.

20 Oct 2016 description


20 Oct 2016 description

September marked the beginning of the new academic year. UNRWA schools opened for 44,597 students to attend regular classes, with services provided by 1,860 UNRWA teachers in 45 UNRWA schools and 56 schools managed by the Ministry of Education. Overall, the number of students enrolled in UNRWA schools has declined compared to the previous academic year. More students are expected to register over the coming weeks. UNRWA will also continue the implementation of its Education in Emergencies programme to support access to quality education for Palestine refugee children throughout Syria.

20 Oct 2016 description

· Israeli forces continued to use excessive force in the oPt - A Palestinian woman was shot dead at Za'tarah checkpoint, southeast of Nablus. - 6 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children, were wounded. Two of them were seriously wounded.

· Israeli forces targeted the border areas in the Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported. - An electricity company crew was targeted while maintaining the electricity network, east of Khan Yunis.

19 Oct 2016 description
report UN News Service

19 October 2016 – The absence of progress towards a two-state solution has led to growing anger and frustration among Palestinians and profound disillusionment among Israelis, the top United Nations Middle East envoy warned today: “We must all avoid the risk of sleep-walking into another violent conflict at a time when the region as a whole needs moderate forces” to stand up to rising radicalization.