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Humanitarian Exchange Magazine No. 37 - Humanitarian Responses to Conflicts in Lebanon and the Near East

The conflicts between Israel and Lebanon and in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) in 2006 led to a significant international humanitarian response. They also again raised concerns about the protection of civilians and breaches of international humanitarian law. In Lebanon the conflict was unexpected and brief, but at its height it displaced a quarter of the population and led to the destruction of villages and infrastructure throughout the south of the country. In oPt the conflict followed a freezing of international aid to the Palestinian
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Israel + 1 other
Weekly Report on Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 22 - 28 Feb 2007

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks on Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

- 4 Palestinian were killed by IOF in the West Bank.

- 3 of the victims were extra-judicially executed by IOF in Jenin.

- 28 Palestinian civilians, including two journalists, 4 children and 4 women, were wounded by IOF gunfire.

- IOF attacked an Italian cinema crew in Hebron.

- IOF conducted 43 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

- IOF launched a wide scale military campaign on Nablus.

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OPT: Nablus Situation Report 28 Feb 2007

IDF incursion into Nablus

At approximately 02:30 on 28 February, a large force of IDF soldiers and Israeli Border Police re-entered Nablus. This latest incursion marks the continuation of Operation "Hot Winter", the largest military incursion in three years in Nablus city.

Since re-entering Nablus in the early hours of this morning, as was the case with the first incursion, the IDF has placed the Old City and its surroundings under curfew. The IDF has again taken over the facilities of local television and radio stations

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A special report on Israel's restrictions of Palestinian right of movement at Rafah crossing Gaza, February 2007


In September 2005, Israel completed its unilateral 'disengagement' plan; it evacuated the Israeli settlements that had been built - in violation of international law - during the almost 40 years of occupation, and withdrew the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from within the Gaza Strip. The Israeli government then claimed that the implementation of this 'disengagement' plan would "invalidate the claims against Israel regarding its responsibility for Palestinians within the Gaza Strip".

Since then, the State Attorney's Office

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OPT: PRCS violation report 01 - 28 Feb 2007

In General

Israeli occupation forces parctices ( opening fire, verbal and physical abuse, detention, delay and denial of access) against the PRCS emergency medical teams and ambulances continued to violate the basic princilples of the International Humanitarian Law.

During the month of February 2007, three attackes on PRCS emergency medical teams and ambulances have been reported in Jerusalem, Qalandiya and Bilin viallge . In total three emergency medical technicians were injured, and two ambulances recieved damage. In addition

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The Humanitarian Monitor occupied Palestinian territory No. 10, Feb 2007

Overview- Key Issues

Forced displacement

The number of Palestinian structures demolished in the West Bank by the Israeli authorities rose significantly in February 2007. A total of 53 structures including 22 Palestinian homes and other shelters were demolished, predominately in the southern West Bank. This compared to 18 demolitions in the previous month and a monthly average of 17 throughout 2006. These demolitions displaced more than 158 people including at least 94 children. The majority of the demolitions occurred in Area C (areas under Israeli administrative control encompassing

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Lebanon + 3 others
The Middle East: Fragility and crisis

Coping with Crisis
Working Paper Series Feb 2007

Markus E. Bouillon

Introduction: A Crucial Region for the World

The Middle East is perhaps the world's most crucial region:economically and strategically,the Middle East occupies a top rank on the international agenda,with significance far beyond its geographical bounds.(1) In the coming five to ten years, the highest number of key global security challenges is likely to be concentrated in the Middle East, or be related to it. The 2006 crises in Lebanon and Gaza, involving

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Afghanistan + 4 others
Afghanistan: Water management, livestock and the opium economy: Options for land registration

1. Introduction

This study was undertaken for Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit's (AREU) under the auspices of the EC-funded project "Applied Thematic Research into Water Management, Livestock and the Opium Economy" (WOL). The principal objective of the WOL project is to enhance the sustainability of Afghan rural livelihoods by providing policy makers with clear and accurate information on the use, management and role of natural resources within the rural economy, with a specific focus on water, opium and livestock. It is undertaken in cooperation with

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OPT: UN SG Ban urges creativity and persistence in pursuit of Middle East peace

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The path to a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been filled with obstacles, frustration and tragedy.

That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an opening statement to the UN Palestinian rights committee. But he says the international community is now at a critical juncture in efforts to move beyond crisis management, and renew efforts towards genuine conflict resolution. As a result, Secretary-General Ban urged the international

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Palestinian refugees: Commission announces €264 million for UNRWA's General Fund 2007-2010

Brussels, 28 February 2007 - European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Karen Koning Abu Zayd, have signed today in Ramallah (West Bank) a joint declaration on Community support to UNRWA for 2007-2010. The Community contribution to the UNRWA General Fund is expected to be €264 million over the next four years, which represents a 7% increase in comparison with the previous period. An initial contribution
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Iraq + 4 others
Middle East: UNRWA Commissioner-General's Advisory Commission speech

Amman, 27 February 2007


Your Excellencies, Members of the Advisory Commission, Colleagues and Friends,

A year ago on 27 February we held the first meeting of the "revitalized and expanded" Advisory Commission. As I have remarked previously, I continue to be gratified to see how rapidly this Commission has progressed over such a short period of time. An intensified meeting schedule has allowed more substantive engagement and exchange of views on critical issues, and we have gone even further than I acknowledged

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UNRWA appeals for US$ 26 million to rehabilitate Neirab Refugee Camp in Syria

Amman- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has appealed for US$ 26 million to improve the living conditions of some 18,000 Palestine refugees living in Neirab camp near Aleppo, Syria.

Launching the appeal in Amman this morning at a regular meeting of UNRWA's Advisory Commission, Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd said: "The Neirab project represents a prototype that will empower Palestinians to secure their livelihoods, meet their needs and address their concerns".

Neirab camp originally housed World War

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon Newsletter Winter 2007


DRC delivers hope in Southern Lebanon

Majdel Zoun, a village in the Tyre region of Southern Lebanon, was damaged extensively in the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict and is home to DRC beneficiary, Sharifa.

Until last summer Sharifa, 70 and blind lived at home independently and operated a local grocery store. Both Sharifa's house and store were destroyed in the July 2006 conflict. Sharifa found herself in a situation alike of thousands of other Lebanese - as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP).

Fortunately, Sharifa was able to remain

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OPT: El 70% de los niños en Rafah (Gaza) padecen anemia

La situación nutricional de la población ha empeorado notablemente en la franja desde el comienzo de la Segunda Intifada

Madrid, 27 de febrero de 2007

Un estudio reciente de Acción contra el Hambre pone de manifiesto las consecuencias humanitarias del recrudecimiento del conflicto en la franja: en la zona de Rafah, cercana a la frontera con Egipto el 70% de lo menores de dos años tienen anemia (en 2004 eran sólo el 46,5%) y al menos el 22% carecen de otros micronutrientes, lo que impedirá un desarrollo sano de la población en esta zona. El 9,2%

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A fun day for children in Gaza

February 27, 2007 - Gaza - "Children need to have fun to change their mental outlooks when the daily life is full of bad news in the Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza. They need fun days and recreational activities that refresh their troubled spirits." said Muna, a mother of four, one of which is a student, who attended the fun day that was organized by Caritas Jerusalem in the Latin School in Gaza City on 25/2/07.

This is one of our responses in the Gaza Strip to allow children a space to enjoy carefree moments away from the

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Israel + 1 other
OPT: Middle East peace process must continue despite 'enormous' challenges - Ban Ki-Moon

UN News Service
In the face of "enormous" challenges - such as Israeli military operations and Palestinian suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians - the Middle East peace process must persevere in order for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully as neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

"Today, we are at a critical juncture in efforts to move beyond crisis management, and renew efforts toward genuine conflict resolution," Mr. Ban told the

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Letter dated 29 January 2007 from the Chairman of the Advisory Commission of UNRWA addressed to the President of the GA


Sixty-second session
Item 33 of the preliminary list*
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
Palestine Refugees in the Near East

As you may know, the Advisory Commission of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), established in 1949, was revitalized and expanded by the General Assembly on 1 December 2005. After adopting its rules of procedure, the Advisory Commission began substantive work with the aim of providing advice and assistance to the UNRWA Commissioner-General, as

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Secretary-General urges committee on Palestinian rights to use creativity, persistence in pursuit of Middle East peace

Also Calls for Right Mix of Flexibility, Firmness in Addressing ‘Enormous’ Challenges


Committee on the Inalienable Rights
of the Palestinian People
299th Meeting (PM)

Opening its first meeting of 2007 this afternoon, United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to profit from the political opportunities at hand and work to find a just and lasting peace in the Middle East with creativity, persistence and the right mix of flexibility and firmness.