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03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

02 Mar 2015 description

BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights publishes a new edition of the Handbook on the Protection of Palestinian Refugees in State Signatories to the 1951 Convention.

Building on the 2005 edition and the 2011 update, this year’s Handbook provides a comprehensive, up-to-date analysis of international legal protection standards applicable to Palestinian refugees – most notably, Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.

02 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The Israeli government’s withholding of an estimated USD 375 million in Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Government, has led to increased tensions in the State of Palestine. This is jeopardizing the regular provision of public services and exacerbating the tense relations between the Palestinian Government and Hamas over the provision of services in the Gaza Strip.

27 Feb 2015 description

Abdel Momen Abu Hujair, 47 years old, did not know that the beautiful house he built with his life savings would stand for only three years. The pain and agony he encounters every time he looks at the rubble is unimaginable. Abdel Monem has one son and three daughters, and works as a farmer in his family’s olive field and goat farm in Johr El-Diek in the eastern part of central Gaza.

27 Feb 2015 description
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West Bank

  • Israeli forces kill a Palestinian and injure 24 others.

  • Israeli authorities demolish a structure in East Jerusalem and confiscate construction material for a donor-funded project.

Gaza Strip

  • Israeli forces injure a Palestinian man in the Access Restricted Areas (ARA).

  • Large areas flooded in the middle area.

  • Three children injured by explosive remnants of war.

27 Feb 2015 description

Gaza

A rigorous hygiene campaign is playing a key role preventing any major disease outbreaks in Collective Centres, some eight months since displaced people first sought shelter from the July/August 2014 hostilities.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

1 . This twelfth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (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.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11801

7394th Meeting (PM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Neighbours Seek Burden-Sharing for Swelling Numbers of Refugees

The Security Council today heard strong and sustained pleas to demonstrate leadership to end the barbaric and brutal warfare in Syria, as two senior United Nations officials briefed the 15-member body on the wider consequences of a conflict that entered its fifth year.

24 Feb 2015 description

Gaza

The European Union (EU) has announced a new EUR 5 million (US$ 5.7 million) contribution to the UNRWA Job Creation Programme in the Gaza Strip. The EU has now contributed almost EUR 19.5 million to the Job Creation Programme in Gaza since 2011.

24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.

23 Feb 2015 description
report War Child UK

A new report has highlighted critical flaws in the Department for International Development's ability to respond to children in armed conflict.

The inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Protecting Children in Armed Conflict highlights a fundamental lack of understanding, policy and strategy within the UK government to provide effective support to children living in armed conflict and contribute towards ending cycles of violence.

Key findings from the report include:

20 Feb 2015 description
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Key issues

● Israeli forces injure 30 Palestinians across the West Bank.
● One third of Palestinian arrests were in the Jerusalem governorate.
● Israeli authorities demolish five structures in Area C and East Jerusalem and issue eviction orders pertaining to around 650 dunums of land.
● Gaza temporarily suspends import of Israeli fruits.
● Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt has not been exceptionally opened since 22 January 2015

20 Feb 2015 description

UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria: Impunity prevails as little progress is made towards securing peace and justice for Syrians

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 February 2015 -- Unthinkable crimes continue to occur daily in Syria with victims’ voices in danger of being lost amidst the horrors of a conflict now approaching its fifth year, a group of UN experts warned today.

18 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 30,000 IDPs received humanitarian aid since August 2014

  • 5,673 Persons provided assistance and NFIs following rescue at sea or inside immigration detention centres in 2014

  • 13,497 Persons received medical assistance in 2014

18 Feb 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region

17 Feb 2015 description
report Oxfam

These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.

Syria Crisis

17 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 February 2015

Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.

17 Feb 2015 description

1. Introduction

This report assesses the material, human and educational damage sustained by 26 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Gaza during 50 days of conflict between 7th July and 26th August 2014. The severe escalation in hostilities at that time involved intense Israeli aerial and naval bombardment and Palestinian rocket fire. The crisis was unprecedented, causing large-scale destruction and displacement.