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Israel, Palestinians hold peace talks with US envoy

04/17/2014 17:55 GMT

JERUSALEM, April 17, 2014 (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met Thursday with US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks, with one Palestinian source calling the discussion "difficult".

The meeting, which had been put off by a day, began in the late afternoon in a Jerusalem hotel, Palestinian sources said.

The discussions are "very difficult", one source said.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 2 - 15 April 2014


  • With access easier, food for 112,500 people enters Syria’s hard-to-reach Deir-ez-Zor and Ar-Raqqa governorates in the first two weeks of April. An inter-agency convoy brings WFP food assistance to IDP camps in Idleb for the third time since the beginning of March, raising hopes of more regular future deliveries.

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Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl calls for end to blockade of Gaza

The first official visit to the Gaza Strip by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has received high-profile coverage in local, regional and international media.

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Protection of Civilians Weekly Report | 8 - 14 April 2014

Key issues

  • One Palestinian woman killed and around 90 Palestinians injured in multiple clashes across the West Bank.
  • An Israeli man killed in the West Bank, the first such fatality in 2014.
  • The Gaza Power Plant shuts down one of its two operating turbines.
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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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HALO West Bank – First Landmines Found and Safely Destroyed at a-Nabi Elyas

HALO Trust

During the second week of clearance operations at a-Nabi Elyas minefield in the West Bank, HALO has already cleared two mines. One anti-personnel and one anti-tank mine were found by mechanical and manual mineclearance teams respectively and then safely destroyed by HALO’s Task Supervisor.

In the 49 years since the minefield was laid, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines have caused accidents to civilians from the neighbouring village of a-Nabi Elyas and blocked access to valuable agricultural land.

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Nicaragua + 2 others
16 April 2014: World Events

1. NICARAGUA – Earthquake (UN, GDACS, USGS)

• As of 15 April (UN Resident Coordinator), due to the recent (10-11 April) earthquakes, there were: two dead, 41 injured, 3 775 houses affected (1 035 of which collapsed) and 1 585 people evacuated, housed in one shelter in Managua and another two in Nagarote. Most affected were the municipalities of Nagarote and La Paz Centro (Leon Department), three municipalities around Managua as well as the capital itself. The country remained in Red Alert as of 15 April.

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Gaza blast kills 3 Palestinians, wounds 5

04/16/2014 09:25 GMT

GAZA CITY, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five on Wednesday, a medical official said, but the reason for the blast was unclear.

The three killed were already dead on their arrival at hospital, and all were in their 20s, Hamas's health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

The other five were in serious condition, he said.

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Small Arms and UXO Victims in Gaza on the Rise, Al Mezan Calls for Raising Awareness on their Dangers and for Combatting their Spread and Misuse

The misuse and mishandling of small arms, explosive devices and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) continues to threaten the lives and safety of Palestinian civilians, particularly children in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of 2014, 18 people have been killed in incidents of small arms and explosive device misuse and mishandling, including 3 children and 2 women. An additional 57 people were injured, including 13 children and 3 women.

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On the Road to Innovation in the West Bank

Posted by Deputy Assistant Administrator Alina L. Romanowski on Tuesday, April 15th 2014

Recently I spent two action-packed days visiting the West Bank where I saw the tremendous impact that the USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission’s work has in many sectors and witnessed several innovative projects.

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Hebron: Israeli settlers must be stopped from taking over Al-Rajabi House – UN Special Rapporteur

GENEVA (15 April 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, today urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over Al-Rajabi House, in Hebron, after a protracted legal battle.

Al-Rajabi House, a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, is located strategically between the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba and the Ibrahami Mosque, also known as Cave of Patriarchs, in the old city of Hebron.

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Bulgaria + 4 others
Bulgaria as a Country of Asylum

UNHCR says asylum conditions improved, warns against transfer of vulnerable people

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 15 April 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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World + 39 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Ban encourages Israeli, Palestinian sides to remain engaged in peace talks

UN News Service

14 April 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly encouraged Israel and Palestine to remain “constructively engaged” in ongoing efforts towards achieving a two-State solution during separate phone calls over the weekend with the leaders of both sides.

“The purpose of the calls was to discuss the ongoing efforts to extend the negotiations towards a final peace agreement between Israel and Palestine,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters in New York.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Finding solutions to violence through CBHFA in Palestinian Refugee Camps

“No one is born violent, it is not instinctive or in our nature. Violence is under our own control,” says an energetic Diana Fouad Owayed. Diana and her school friend, Khaled Issa abou al Omarein, both aged 18 years, are among the twenty-five volunteers who completed a three-day training of trainers, in Beirut in March 2014, on the new Community-Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) Violence Prevention module.

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Israeli killed in West Bank shooting

04/14/2014 19:50 GMT

JERUSALEM, April 14, 2014 (AFP) - An Israeli was killed and two others wounded in a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, the army said.

The incident at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday was the first deadly attack on an Israeli in the occupied West Bank since the start of the year, and came as tensions were soaring over the near-breakdown of US-brokered peace talks.

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Lebanon + 4 others
Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq: Population Movement Emergency Appeal MDR81003 Operation update n°2

Period covered by this Ops Update:
October- December 2013

Appeal target (current):
CHF 27.4 million

Appeal coverage: 23%

Appeal history:

• Preliminary Emergency Appeal initially launched on 9 August 2012 for CHF 3.7 million to assist 55,000 people for six months.

• The appeal was revised on 30 January 2013 seeking CHF 4,647,103 million in cash, kind, or services to support four National Societies in assisting 62,000 people (12,400 families), for six months, until the end of June 2013.

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Following Palestine's Accessions to a Number of International Conventions: PCHR Calls upon Palestine to Immediately Accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomes the State of Palestine's accessions to 16 international conventions related to the international humanitarian law and human rights, but calls upon the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to the Israeli and international pressure and immediately accede to the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Law.