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03 May 2016 description

Director of UNRWA operations, Mr. Bo Schack attended the graduation ceremony of 200 UNRWA students who had passed the English Access Micro-scholarship programme 2014-2016, held at Al Mashtal hotel in Gaza on Thursday, 14 April 2016. The programme is a two-year- English Language programme that aims to increase the English language skills and abilities of the participating students, in addition to involving them with community awareness and cultural exchange activities.

03 May 2016 description

UNRWA successfully issued the first batch of 17 microfinance loans to Palestine refugees in Husseiniyeh, Syria, on 7 April. Within the complex and deadly Syria conflict, the return of about 6,000 Palestine refugee families to Husseiniyeh, a community south of Damascus, was a welcome positive development in 2015. Husseiniyeh was formerly home to some 90,000 residents, of whom over 40,000 were Palestine refugees. The entire community was forced to flee in early 2013. With the safe return of thousands, there is an urgent need to rebuild homes, infrastructure and livelihoods.

03 May 2016 description
  • As of 30 April, global funding requirements to meet the needs of 89 million people across 39 countries through humanitarian response plans and appeals for 2016 amount to over US$20.3 billion. About $3.8 billion in funding has been received so far, leaving a shortfall of $16.5 billion. With the emergence of new humanitarian crises, global financial requirements have increased by around 2 per cent in the first trimester of the year.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.

02 May 2016 description

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories | AFP | Monday 5/2/2016 - 17:38 GMT

An Israeli military court ordered a Palestinian journalist to be detained for four months without trial or any charges Monday, on the eve of World Press Freedom Day.

Omar Nazzal was arrested on April 23 at the border between the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Jordan, where he had been due to fly to a European Federation of Journalists gathering in Bosnia.

02 May 2016 description

Editorial

The situation is paradoxical: despite repeated emphasis on the importance of civil society for conflict resolution and peacebuilding, its space for action and freedom to act are becoming increasingly restricted. What are the external and internal factors that have sparked these restrictions? And what measures can be taken to address them?

02 May 2016 description

This map reflects the number of people reached with Life Saving Activities against the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) as part of Strategic Objective 1

Sector Objective 1(SO 1): Provide emergency response capacity, lifesaving, and life sustaining assistance to the most vulnerable crisis affected people, including people with specific needs.

30 Apr 2016 description

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has made a commitment of US$ 1.4 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support the Agency’s camp infrastructure improvement project in Shu’fat refugee camp in East Jerusalem. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl and OFID Director-General Suleiman J.

29 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

In April, there were an average of 119 daily arrivals to the Greek shores. This figure represents an 86% decrease as compared to the average arrivals in March of 870 people daily.

In Italy, the number of refugees and migrants who arrived in April was noted to be 8,490. As compared to the same month in 2015 (16,063), the total number of arrivals has dropped by more than half.

Critical Developments

29 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • Fighting in Aleppo increases while relative calm continues to prevail in several parts of Syria

  • More than 40,000 displaced along Turkish/Syrian border

  • Conditions inside Yamouk Camp worsen

  • Further progress made in reaching hard-to-reach and besieged locations

  • Scoping mission to Darayya, undertaken; thousands of civilians in need

  • Evacuations for 515 people undertaken under Four Towns Agreement

Situation Overview

29 Apr 2016 description

‘Beat Diabetes’, a global initiative launched this past month, resonates with the commitment of UNRWA to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD) and monitor health in Syria. With 13 per cent of Palestine refugee patients over 40 years old suffering from diabetes in the country, the fight against this chronic disease remains a priority.

29 Apr 2016 description
  • In April 2016, UNRWA commenced the second round of its food distribution, which runs until June 2016, and for the first time provides the new and improved food baskets to over 930,000 Palestine refugees. Prior to the distribution, during February and March 2016, the Agency launched an extensive outreach campaign on these new food baskets to ensure that beneficiaries are informed about the changes and their questions and concerns are addressed in a pro-active way.

28 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

On 27 April, Sweden's Migration Agency forecast that Sweden expects between 40,000 and 100,000 people to claim asylum this year (which is a decrease from the original forecast of between 70,000 and 140,000).

Conditions of People

28 Apr 2016 description

 Latest Developments (outside of the reporting period):

  • On 27 April, **a 23-year-old mother of two and her 16-year-old brother were shot dead by Israeli forces at Qalandiya checkpoint in Jerusalem, in unclear circumstances.** The Israeli authorities are still holding the bodies.

28 Apr 2016 description

By Stephen Ryan (@stiofanoriain), IFRC

Since April 2015, Palestine Red Crescent Society has been providing focused assistance to women in Gaza and the West Bank on reproductive health, while also working to prevent violence in homes and communities through a project made possible with support from the Japanese Government.

28 Apr 2016 description

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Thursday 4/28/2016 - 13:58 GMT

Israel on Thursday reiterated its opposition to a planned French peace conference, calling instead for direct and unconditional negotiations with the Palestinians.

"The best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is direct, bilateral negotiations," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since 2007, Generations For Peace has trained 8,920 volunteers from 50 countries, and with our support, volunteer-led programmes have reached 229,020 children, youth, and adults in communities facing different forms of violence. Our cascading model, in which volunteers we have trained directly (1st generation) go on to train other 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and even up to 6th generation volunteers in their communities, increases our reach and reinforces the sustainability of our efforts.

28 Apr 2016 description

Al Mezan Calls for Respect of Freedom of Association and Upholding International Standards by State of Palestine

28 Apr 2016 description

On the occasion of World Health Day on 7 April, awareness sessions for approximately 440 elderly persons under the theme ‘Beat Diabetes – Halt the Rise’ were organized by the UNRWA relief and social services programme (RSSP) in Gaza in coordination with the health programme.

28 Apr 2016 description

Since the beginning of 2016, the UN and partners successfully delivered multi-sectoral assistance through inter-agency operations, reaching over 778,000 civilians in besieged, hard-to-reach and other priority cross-line locations with dire humanitarian needs. Many of these people were reached more than once. A total of 36 UN inter-agency convoys have been undertaken, reaching nearly 660,000 people. UNRWA has also delivered 21 convoys with multi-sectoral assistance to 19,000 people in YBB*, including thousands of residents in and from Yarmouk.