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20 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP food reaches 60,000 besieged civilians in Homs, Syria.

  • Food deliveries to Al Hasakeh through Nusaybin corridor underway for second consecutive month.

  • WFP supports Government of Lebanon's assistance to vulnerable Lebanese

  • WFP to expand assistance to non-camp refugees in Turkey.

  • Iraq’s Akre and Darashakran camps to transition to voucher assistance.

20 Nov 2014 description

Highlights

Shelter

  • 96,147 individuals have benefitted from the shelter response so far in 2014 including the ongoing operation and maintenance of UNRWA shelters for Palestinian refugees

  • The 2014 shelter response is on-going as planned taking into consideration the accessibility of areas, general volatility of the operational context and funding availability

  • In addition, the sector is called to respond to local emergencies, e.g. to provide adequate space for the IDPs moving out of collective shelters

20 Nov 2014 description

Dead Sea, Jordan

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA, Pierre Krähenbühl, has said that “the pressures on Palestinians and Palestine refugees are immense and the threats to their lives, livelihoods and future are of such magnitude that hope is needed somewhere on the horizon. Hope”, he added, “in this most unstable region - can only and must be brought about by resolute political action”. He was speaking at the Agency’s Advisory Commission at the Dead Sea, which brings together donor governments and host authorities

20 Nov 2014 description

In this issue: The health response to the crises in the Gaza Strip, the Syrian Arab Republic and Iraq, the adoption of the Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action for Disaster Risk Management and the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Gaza Strip

Situation highlights

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

18 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

On 28 October, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl addressed a conference in Berlin on the Syrian refugee situation, hosted by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In his address, Mr. Krähenbühl emphasized the unique vulnerability of Palestine refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries. To read the full speech, please click here.

18 Nov 2014 description

Advisory Commission, 17 November 2014

Welcome

Mr. Chairman; Mr. Vice-Chairman; Distinguished Delegates; Colleagues,

17 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11649
7312th Meeting (AM)
SECURITY COUNCIL
MEETINGS COVERAGE

A spike in violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Israel showed once more that Palestinians and Israelis must make hard the compromises needed for a sustainable peace, a top political affairs official told the Security Council this morning.

14 Nov 2014 description
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Key issues

● Attacks by Palestinians kill four Israelis in the West Bank and Israel; 328 Palestinians injured in East Jerusalem.
● 26 structures demolished and some 160 displaced in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
● Three Palestinians injured in the Access Restricted Areas in the Gaza Strip.
● Gaza Power Plant resumes partial operation following the receipt of Qatari funded fuel.
● Israel permits transfer of two shipments of goods to the West Bank.

14 Nov 2014 description
Syria - version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

14 Nov 2014 description
Palestine - version 1
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 25 000 000

  1. CONTEXT

The long standing political stalemate in the Middle East Process (MEPP) and the policies of Israel have resulted in a protracted protection crisis with humanitarian consequences caused by prolonged occupation and recurrent violations of international humanitarian law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

14 Nov 2014 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SPD/576
Sixty-ninth session,
25th Meeting (AM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
MEETINGS COVERAGE

Concluding its work for the session, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today approved 12 draft resolutions and three draft decisions, on special political missions, information, Middle East and organization of work, bringing to 28 the total number of draft texts it forwarded to the General Assembly for adoption.

13 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 UNRWA school buildings continue to serve as Collective Centres for approximately 27,163 internally displaced persons (IDPs).

13 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

1 . This eighth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014) and paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

12 Nov 2014 description

A violent summer in Gaza left thousands of its residents homeless and in shelters. The two-month conflict destroyed homes, businesses and basic services. But one thing was working – WFP food distribution, the landmark vouchers and the e-card programme, which was launched in Palestine five years ago as a first in the Middle East.

GAZA, Palestine – As bombs exploded across densely populated Gaza, Senior Programme Assistant Amir Yasin worked marathon hours to ensure terrified civilians could eat.

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.

11 Nov 2014 description

Siham Jundiya and her mother-in-law hang up children’s clothes on a rope they tied between two trees in front of their family’s tent, which they set up a few miles from their destroyed house in Gaza. The family has been living in the makeshift shelter since they left their shelter at a UN school this past summer. They could not affaord to fix up or rent a safer place for the family. “This is what we were able to salvage from the rubble of our house, explains Syham. Pointing to the clothes on the line, she adds, “They never really dry.”

11 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

10 November 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the formation of an internal inquiry aimed at reviewing “certain incidents” reported at United Nations facilities in the Gaza Strip during the recent summer conflict there between Palestinian factions and the State of Israel.