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10 Feb 2017 description

The end year dashboard summarizes the progress made by 144 partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need. Partners in Lebanon are working to: 1) ensure humanitarian assistance and protection for the most vulnerable among the displaced from Syria and poorest Lebanese; 2) strengthen the capacity of national and local delivery systems to expand access to and quality of basic services; and 3) reinforce Lebanon’s economic, social, institutional and environmental stability. Data extracted from ActivityInfo and RAIS as of 31 Dec 2016.

10 Feb 2017 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

10 Feb 2017 description

New law is unconstitutional, violates international humanitarian law; aerial images detail Israeli settlement construction on Palestinian municipalities’ lands.

10 February 2017

Seventeen Palestinian municipalities and three human rights organizations from the West Bank, Israel, and Gaza Strip jointly petitioned the Israeli Supreme Court on 8 February 2017 to cancel the highly controversial Settlement Regularization Law on the grounds that it violates international humanitarian law and is unconstitutional.

10 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly 1,100 structures demolished or seized by Israeli authorities in 2016 in the West Bank, the highest on record since 2009, and double those of 2015.

  • Over 12,500 final demolition orders outstanding against Palestinian-owned structures across Area C.

  • The oPt Humanitarian Fund allocated $ 3 million to support 181,000 Palestinians at risk of displacement and/or facing safety hazards due to the winter weather conditions.

10 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Thousands flee as SARG forces regain control of eastern Aleppo city from opposition groups

  • Nationwide ceasefire commences on December 30, excludes ISIL and JFS

  • Clashes in Wadi Barada obstruct water access for up to 5 million people

  • UN releases 2017 HNO, identifies 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria

  • U.S.-backed SDF launch offensive to gain control of Ar Raqqah city from ISIL

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Feb 2017 description

Latest Developments

Two Palestinian men were killed and five were injured following the collapse of a tunnel under the border between Gaza and Egypt on 9 February; the circumstances remain unclear.

Biweekly highlights

09 Feb 2017 description

Resettlement is receiving greater prominence not only in light of US President Donald Trump's recent actions but in the context of the recent surge in numbers of refugees. In the 33 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world look at some of the modalities and challenges of resettlement in order to shed light on debates such as how - and how well - resettlement is managed, whether it is a good use of the funds and energy it uses, and whether it is a good solution for refugees.

09 Feb 2017 description

5 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes carried out 4 airstrikes against civilian objects and sites related to the Palestinian armed groups.
- A poultry farm was destroyed, resulting in the death of 5,000 birds and partial damages to another farm.
- Three training sites were destroyed.

Israeli forces continued to target Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea.

08 Feb 2017 description

Denmark has contributed DKK 25 million (approximately US$ 3.6 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services in Lebanon. This contribution will help ensure that it can continue to provide basic services in education, health, relief and social services, and camp improvement to Palestine refugees, providing opportunities for their futures and mitigating the incidence and impact of poverty.

08 Feb 2017 description

Yesterday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes and intensified artillery shelling across the Gaza Strip. The targeting focused on Palestinian resistance factions’ training sites, agricultural lands, and open areas, and impacted near-by civilian properties and spread fear and panic among residents, especially children. Yesterday’s escalation is reminiscent of the preludes to Israel’s wide-scale aggressions on Gaza, the last of which—so-called Operation Protective Edge—was conducted in July and August of 2014.

08 Feb 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 08 Feb 2017.

The interactive map, found at https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/assessments/map, allows you to check if assessments have taken place in certain locations, if they are planned or ongoing and if something has already happened in a specific sector. The interactive global Assessment registry is built from assessments uploaded on humanitarianresponse.info by OCHA, the cluster leads and humanitarian partners. You can filter by country, cluster, organization and date.

07 Feb 2017 description

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The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General deeply regrets the adoption of the so-called “Regularisation bill” on 6 February by the Knesset. This bill is in contravention of international law and will have far-reaching legal consequences for Israel. It reportedly provides immunity to settlements and outposts in the occupied West Bank that were built on privately-owned Palestinian land.

07 Feb 2017 description

The year 2016 continued to be marked by escalating violence across Syria, impacting Palestine refugees, especially in Aleppo and Rif Damascus. Since 2012, 17 UNRWA staff members have lost their lives as a result of the conflict, including four in 2016 alone, in Khan Eshieh, Qabr Essit and Aleppo. Many more have sustained life-changing injuries. The protracted war has also had brutal consequences for civilians. UNRWA has adjusted its regular programmes to better meet the needs of the 450,000 Palestine refugees remaining in Syria, of which over 60 per cent have been internally displaced.

07 Feb 2017 description
  • As of 31 January, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$22.5 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 93.5 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due the finalisation of five additional Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). Seventeen HRPs have been published so far. Together the appeals are funded at $77.2 million, leaving a shortfall of $22.4 billion.

07 Feb 2017 description

The Vision Project for over two hundred blind and visually impaired children in Gaza has come to a successful conclusion, with teachers and children affirming the transformative impact of the project. The education initiative for 217 children uses cutting-edge “Voice Dream Reader” technology, which allows digital information imported onto mobile devices to be read in a human voice.

07 Feb 2017 description

The Government of Italy, through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), has contributed EUR 2.25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in support of the Agency’s emergency operations in response to the ongoing Syria crisis.

07 Feb 2017 description

(Lebanon - 1/2/2017): PRCS’ Safad hospital in Al Badawi Camp in northern Lebanon received state-of-the-art medical equipment offered by the ICRC. This support follows a study of the hospital’s condition and needs carried out by ICRC. It aims at enhancing medical services offered by the hospital to camp residents and all those in need.

07 Feb 2017 description
report Voice of America

Israel's parliament has passed a new law on settlements which is sure to be challenged in court and bring global wrath against Israel.

The Knesset voted 60-52 Monday night to retroactively legalize 4,000 Jewish settlements on private Palestinian land in the West Bank — land Palestinians want for a future state.

Israeli lawmakers on the right and left emotionally debated the controversial measure. The opposition called it de facto annexation of the West Bank and said it will land Israel before the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

07 Feb 2017 description

This 3-page map is a comprehensive overview of the humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq as a result of conflict throughout 2016, and the years prior. Page 1 highlights humanitarian access and internally displaced persons (IDPs) throughout Iraq and Syria, with a timeline of key events in 2016; page 2 includes 4 inset maps of major flashpoints of conflict and displacement in 2016; and page 3 is a comprehensive summary of displacement inside Iraq/Syria and all of the surrounding refugee-hosting nations (including Europe).

07 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Japan

Grant Contracts for two Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) were signed today by Mr. Takeshi Okubo, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to the PA, and representatives of Al-Tawfiq cooperative society for fishermen and Al-Mughraqa Municipality at UNDP Headquarter in Gaza for a total amount of US$ 162,375.

Al-Tawfiq cooperative society for fishermen received a grant of US$ 82,450 that they will use to install the Ice molds and flake ice machine in the ice factory of Al-Tawfiq.