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24 Mar 2017 description
report PAX, The Syria Institute

Executive Summary

This report is the fifth in a series of quarterly reports by Siege Watch – a joint initiative of PAX and The Syria Institute that aims to provide the international community with timely and accurate information on conditions in Syria’s besieged communities. This report focuses on developments from November 2016 to January 2017. Data collected during the quarter from an extensive network of contacts on the ground shows that:

22 Mar 2017 description

Throughout January cold temperatures and winter conditions put thousands of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe at risk.

At least five fatalities at Europe’s borders with Turkey were reported due to temperatures as low as -14 degrees Celsius, and snowstorms throughout the region.

21 Mar 2017 description

UNRWA noted the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of Damascus. Fighting among all parties to the conflict in the area at the end of February caused large displacement of families, impeded civilian access to live-saving aid and resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees. UNRWA is closely monitoring the situation and started providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced in February

20 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council
20 March 2017

Holds Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, Followed by a General Debate on the Human Rights Situation in Palestine and other Occupied Arab Territories

19 Mar 2017 description
report Qatar Charity

Qatar Charity continues its considerable efforts in reconstructing Al Zafer tower in Gaza to finish it as soon as possible in order to bring 50 homeless families, who has been of no shelter for a long time, back to their houses to enjoy a safe, comfortable, and settled life. The project has had generous funding from philanthropists in Qatar, and it’s carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works and Housing in the Gaza Strip.

Great Progress

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

14 Mar 2017 description

Human Appeal gather cross-party support to mark six years of Syrian conflict

Human Appeal, a humanitarian aid charity based in Greater Manchester, held an event in Parliament yesterday (Monday 13th March) to highlight the sixth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. The event, in the River Room at the House of Lords, was co-hosted by Caabu (Council of Arab and British Understanding) and Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, Labour Peer Lord Dubs, Channel 4’s award-winning Syrian film maker and journalist Wa’ad al-Kateab and Human Appeal CEO Othman Moqbel.

14 Mar 2017 description


West Bank/East Jerusalem

Demolition response Demolished structures: 175 (Jan-Feb 2017) of which 53 are residential, 40 inhabited displacing 289 individuals, including 164 children

Donor-funded structures: 75 of which 27 are residential

57 households have received a shelter response in 2017.
Demolition or confiscations of all structures have affected 973 people so far in 2017.

Upgrading and consolidation
594 shelters in Area C were rehabilitated or upgraded by cluster partners in 2016

13 Mar 2017 description
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International news -MSF Situation updates

Emergency update - After life in Mosul

Medical update - Fighting NCDs in Jordan

In focus - Life at war in Yemen

MSF voices - MSF in Gaza and Nablus

In pictures- MSF’s 2016

Pull-out - Build your own ambulance


08 Mar 2017 description

Statement by UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

UNRWA is alarmed by the escalation of violence in Dera’a Governorate, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Fighting among parties to the conflict in the area is causing the displacement of Palestine refugees, impeding humanitarian access to critical aid and has resulted in the deaths of Palestine refugees in recent weeks.

06 Mar 2017 description
  • As of 28 February, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require $22.6 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 95.3 million crisis-affected people in 33 countries. Needs and financial requirements have increased due to finalization of the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requesting around $2.1 billion and together the appeals are funded at $1.6 billion, leaving a shortfall of $21.0 billion.

01 Mar 2017 description


  • UN-led peace talks commence in Geneva on February 23

  • Up to 10,000 people flee from opposition-held areas of Dar’a amid recent clashes

  • Insecurity prompts UN to suspend cross-border assistance via the Bab alHawa,
    Ramtha border crossings

  • Relief agencies express concern regarding recent attacks on health infrastructure and personnel


01 Mar 2017 description


  • Thanks to donor support, WFP assisted 470,000 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in January through cash-based transfers (CBT), using an electronic voucher redeemable in local shops, and direct food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those assisted.

  • Despite reaching 180,000 people, funding constraints forced WFP to reduce its voucher value by 20 percent in January.

Operational Updates

Country Background & Strategy

28 Feb 2017 description



In March, Council members expect to receive briefings on the humanitarian and political situation in Syria as well as on the use and production of chemical weapons.

Key Recent Developments

28 Feb 2017 description

Understanding the scale and enduring nature of the forced displacement and transfer of Palestinians as well as the means by which Israel has pursued, and continues to pursue, this displacement is essential.

24 Feb 2017 description


76 million
people in need of aid as a result of emergencies – almost 60% of all people-in-need globally

30 million
people displaced (internally and in neighboring countries) as a result of conflict and natural disasters

7 graded emergencies
directly and indirectly affecting a total of 14 countries

Protracted emergencies
in Somalia and Sudan

H5N1, MERS CoV, Polio
health security threats currently in the Region