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18 Dec 2014 description

09 December – 16 December | Issue 74


96,000 Palestine refugee dwellings – more than twice as many homes in Gaza as initially estimated – were damaged or destroyed during this summer’s conflict, according to the technical assessment completed by UNRWA on 15 December. Whilst the technical assessment is completed, the Agency is extending a one week window between 21-25 December, for those refugee families who were not visited by a social worker but who consider themselves eligible, to apply for an assessment.

18 Dec 2014 description

Key issues

● Israeli forces injure 97 Palestinians; majority in clashes protesting death of Palestinian Minister.
● Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt remains closed in both directions.
● Israeli forces injure four Palestinians in Access Restricted Areas in Gaza.
● Six injured by UXO and three in explosions by unknown assailants in Gaza.

18 Dec 2014 description

December 2014

Prepared by the Humanitarian Country Team

SUMMARY Strategic objectives

  • Promote protection of and access to affected people in accordance with International law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

  • Provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable.

  • Strengthen resilience, livelihoods and early recovery through communities and institutions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Ministers, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for joining us for the launch of the 2015 Syria Strategic Response Plan, and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan. My particular thanks to Foreign Minister Steinmeier for hosting us and for his opening remarks. And thanks to Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller for his support.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

14 Dec 2014 description


 WFP announced 9 December that it is reinstating food assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries thanks to a massive expression of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries. By mid-December, Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt will have their electronic food vouchers – also known as e-cards – uploaded with an average amount of US$ 30 per family member that can immediately be used to buy food from local shops.

10 Dec 2014 description

The year 2014 added to the plight of Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The key underlying drivers of the humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, include the absence of a political resolution to the conflict, continued Israeli occupation and recurring escalations of hostilities. These conditions challenge the ability of Palestine refugees to fully enjoy their human rights, including their right to life, liberty and security and adequate standards of living.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

09 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NUEVA YORK/GINEBRA, 8 de diciembre de 2014 – El año 2014 ha llevado el horror, el miedo y la desesperación a millones de niños, a medida que el agravamiento de los conflictos en todo el mundo les ha expuesto a la violencia extrema y sus consecuencias, ha incrementado su reclutamiento forzado y les ha convertido en blancos deliberados de guerra por los grupos armados, dijo hoy UNICEF.

08 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 8 décembre 2014 – Pour des millions d’enfants, l’année 2014 aura été marquée par la peur, le désespoir et l’horreur, à cause des conflits de plus en plus graves au cours desquels ils ont été exposés à une violence extrême et à ses conséquences, ils ont été recrutés de force et ils ont été pris expressément en cible par des groupes armés, a affirmé l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.

08 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.

08 Dec 2014 description


  • WFP announced on 1 December it has been forced to suspend the provision of food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in the region, due to a funding crisis. WFP stated it could immediately resume assistance for Syrian refugees if new funding arrives in December. Since the start of this operation, WFP’s voucher programme has injected some US$ 800 million dollars into the economies of refugee hosting countries which border Syria.

07 Dec 2014 description


In August 2014, Gaza marked the end of the third Israeli assault since 2008. The assault, which began on 7 July 2014, left thousands of Palestinians dead and injured, and over 100,000 displaced and homeless. The local economy sustained a major blow during the 51 days of bombardment and ground operations. All this came against the backdrop of 66 years of displacement and dispossession, 47 years of military occupation, decades of movement restrictions, and a seven-year blockade, which has crippled the economy and shattered livelihoods.

05 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including cross border fire and a Palestinian shot dead by IDF.

  • Heavy rains over 48 hours caused localized flooding in a number of areas in Gaza. Hundreds of people evacuated their homes and UNRWA declared a state of Emergency. The floods disrupted schooling for numerous children.

04 Dec 2014 description
report European Union

Summary: 4 December 2014, Brussels - The European Commission today adopted a package worth €180 million to deal with the effects of the Syrian crisis in the country itself, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan, who are currently hosting around 1.1 million and 630,000 refugees respectively. This package deals with the longer-term development needs of the refugees and internally displaced persons.

04 Dec 2014 description

Palestinians in Gaza are dreading the heavy winter rains in the aftermath of a devastating war in July and August of this year.

Winter usually comes with rain and cold in most Middle Eastern countries, but the situation in the Gaza Strip is beyond a simple seasonal change. In previous years, the residents of the coastal strip have experienced floods. This coming winter, however, Palestinians in Gaza are expecting more problems from the heavy winter rains in the aftermath of the devastating war in July and August of this year.