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17 Feb 2017 description
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DECEMBER-JANUARY UPDATE

  • News from December and January
  • Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020
  • The mental hurdles Syrian refugees face in Lebanon
  • The trauma of exile: Alaa’s story

DEVELOPMENTS

Launch of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan 2017-2020

17 Feb 2017 description

Recurrent armed conflict and ten years of blockade have resulted in persistent humanitarian needs and a shattered economy in Gaza (State of Palestine). Out of the 1.9 million population living there, 1.3 million are currently in need of humanitarian assistance. In addition to the blockade, the Gaza Strip is regularly hit by natural hazards, which further weaken the territory’s infrastructure and agriculture, causing additional stress on the most vulnerable people.

14 Feb 2017 description

Executive summary

This mid-year progress report covers the period January through June 2016 and is intended to provide an update on results achieved as measured against the full range of indicators included in the Emergency Appeal (EA) for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) 2016. An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in April 2017.

Overview

12 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Japan

The Government of Japan has committed a new assistance of USD 46,668,925 to the Palestinian people through international organizations and Japanese NGOs.

12 Feb 2017 description

executive summary

This mid-year progress report covers the period January through June 2016 and provides an update on results achieved as measured against the full range of indicators included in the Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal (EA) for 2016. An annual report covering the whole of the year will be issued in April 2017.

Overview

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

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.

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

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).

30 Jan 2017 description
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is the thirty-fifth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2332 (2016), 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.

26 Jan 2017 description

Biweekly highlights

Latest Developments

  • On 25 January, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man during an alleged ramming attack at the entrance to Kochav Ya’akov settlement (Ramallah); no Israeli injuries were reported.

  • On 26 January, the Israeli Ministry of Interior announced the revocation of the ‘family unification permits’ of a number of family members of the Palestinian man who perpetrated an attack against Israeli soldiers on 8 January

26 Jan 2017 description
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By Issam Aruri, General director of the Jerusalem Legal Aid Center

The international community must help broker a peace to end years of misery, despair and violence for the benefit of both communities

24 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Thanks to cooperating partners, in December, WFP assisted more than 480,000 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank through both cash-based transfers (CBT), using an electronic voucher redeemable in local shops, and direct food assistance. Of those assisted, more than 35,000 were vulnerable Bedouins and herders in Area C of the West Bank.

24 Jan 2017 description

May I start by thanking Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Kai Mykkänen. Excellencies, Ministers, esteemed colleagues, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to highlight the humanitarian and protection priorities inside Syria for this year. My thanks in particular go out to the Government of Finland for hosting this event, alongside the organising teams from UNDP, UNHCR and my own team at OCHA.