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31 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

31 March 2015 – Syrians are suffering through the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, regional stability is buckling under the weight of despair and children are suffering on a scale that “haunts the soul,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today at the Third International Pledging Conference in Kuwait, appealing for $8.4 billion, almost four times the amount asked for last year.

31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

31 Mar 2015 description

On Sunday, during her visit to Jordan, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen discussed a different approach to humanitarian aid, which aims to make assistance provided to Syrian refugees future-proof. ‘There is no solution in sight for the crisis in Syria. For the time being, neighbouring countries will have to continue to take in refugees,’ said the minister.

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29 MARCH 2015

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

"UNRWA was not able to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk on 29 March 2015.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Mel Frykberg

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - A Palestinian youth lost his fight for life this week after lying critically injured in Ramallah Hospital for days after Israeli soldiers used live ammunition as a method of crowd control against stone-throwing Palestinians near a Palestinian refugee camp.

“Ali Safi had critical injuries to his kidneys, spinal cord, lungs and spleen,” Dr Sami Naghli, who runs Jelazon refugee camp’s medical relief services, told IPS.

31 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In Syria, the 10th national polio vaccination campaign was carried out from 15-19 February, 2015. 2,989,659 children under five were vaccinated against polio including over 60,000 children in hard to reach areas, and 1,790 children reached for the first time in Homs, Dara’a,
Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Qunietra.

• In Iraq, since January 2015, 92,787 Syrian refugees were able to access to safe drinking water in the camps, mostly through sustainable water systems.

30 Mar 2015 description

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories | | Monday 3/30/2015 - 19:31 GMT

by Hossam Ezzedine

The Palestinians formally gain membership of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday with the aim of pursuing Israelis for war crimes, despite uncertainty over the move's wider ramifications.

The accession is another step in the Palestinian diplomatic and legal international campaign, which gained steam in 2014.

30 Mar 2015 description
report Washington Post

By Jimmy Carter

The writer is the 39th president of the United States.

Nearly seven months after the end of the latest war in Gaza, none of the underlying causes of the conflict have been addressed. In the meantime, the people of Gaza are experiencing unprecedented levels of deprivation, and the prospect for renewed armed conflict is very real.

30 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

The postponement of the investigation was announced at the Mar. 23 U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva.

Israel says it went out of its way to avoid civilian casualties but its critics, including Israeli human rights organisations, have questioned this claim.

30 Mar 2015 description

Damascus, Syria | | Monday 3/30/2015 - 18:08 GMT

A mortar attack on a historic souk in central Damascus on Monday killed one person and wounded dozens, Syria's official news agency said.

"Terrorists launched two mortar rounds on Tarek Ben Ziyad Street, in the Al-Hariqa market of Damascus, which killed one person, wounded 30 others," SANA reported, citing a high-ranking police source.

Situated within the walls of the Old City, the souk is one of the oldest and most famous marketplaces in the capital, popular among tourists and locals alike.

30 Mar 2015 description

Op-Ed by UNRWA Commissioner-General, Pierre Krähenbühl

I am in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, during an aid delivery. A man approaches me and utters three words, “I am hungry”. The sunken eyes in his face are equally eloquent. His fragile frame expresses volumes. He speaks for a people brutalized, a people sick of war. He is a living symbol of the world’s failure to resolve the crisis in Syria.

30 Mar 2015 description

SUMMARY AND KEY FINDINGS

This study assessed the living conditions of a particular group of Iraqis: those who in the early years of this millennium had fled violence and persecution in Iraq to Syria and later, since 2011, returned to Iraq, seeking refuge from the civil conflict in Syria that erupted after the Arab Spring.

30 Mar 2015 description

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:

A second cold wave has hit the Occupied Palestinian Territory from the 19th to the 22nd of February affecting several areas, particularly Bedouins communities and Gaza strip, already experiencing very dramatic living conditions since the conflict last summer. To this end the PRCS team undertook an emergency relief operation based on need assessment for additional 350 families (2,253 people). Details are explained below. Outcomes and budget have been revised accordingly.

29 Mar 2015 description
report Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity has distributed food vouchers to 16,000 families who are still struggling to recover from the 2014 aggression against the Gaza Strip.

This QAR 3.3 million (USD 1 million) distribution complements the range of relief and recovery interventions carried out by Qatar Charity and aims to support poor and needy families across the Gaza Strip in cooperation with more than sixty local partner institutions.

29 Mar 2015 description

At the Kuwait conference on Syria, UNRWA is asking for $415 million to support the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered in Syria. 95% of the Palestine refugees cannot meet their daily needs, with UNRWA more than ever a critical life-line. If we do not receive funds immediately at the Kuwait conference, the programme of cash assistance to nearly half a million people will halt in a matter of a few days.

28 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

28 March 2015 – With a raft of ills plaguing the Arab world – from the “shameful” conflict in Syria to the “tinderbox” that is Gaza and the steadily unraveling situation in Yemen – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called upon leaders gathered in Egypt to work with each other and the United Nations to “strengthen our bonds for the people of this region and the security of our world.”

28 Mar 2015 description

Portable solar lights, recently distributed amid ongoing power shortages, have done much to improve the living conditions of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, who are still living in UNRWA collective centres some six months since the end of the July/August 2014 conflict.

28 Mar 2015 description

26 MARCH 2015

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

"UNRWA distributed food parcels to 250 civilian families in Yarmouk on 26 March 2015, with the facilitation of Syrian authorities.

27 Mar 2015 description

SG/SM/16627-PAL/2187

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People, to be held in Vienna on 31 March:

I am pleased to send greetings to all participants at the United Nations Seminar on Assistance to the Palestinian People. I thank the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People for shining an international spotlight on this important subject.

27 Mar 2015 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 15:36 GMT

Israel will release to the Palestinian Authority tax funds it collects on its behalf and withheld as punishment for its move to join the International Criminal Court, the premier's office said Friday.

"Tax revenues that have been accumulated through February will be transferred, after payments for services to the Palestinian population have been deducted, including electricity, water and hospital bills," a statement said.