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28 Mar 2015 description

Portable solar lights, recently distributed amid ongoing power shortages, have done much to improve the living conditions of Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, who are still living in UNRWA collective centres some six months since the end of the July/August 2014 conflict.

27 Mar 2015 description

UNRWA commenced an exceptional food distribution on 22 March as part of its continued early recovery response to the summer 2014 conflict. On the first day of distribution 3,302 families collected food parcels. Over the first four days a total of 15,299 parcels of flour, rice and oil, or approximately a third of the total number being distributed, were received by beneficiaries.

27 Mar 2015 description

Jerusalem, 25 March 2015 - The Government of Sweden and UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People signed a USD 3.8 million (SEK 33,000,000) agreement to fund shelter assistance packages for non-refugees as part of their on-going support to early recovery efforts in the Gaza Strip. Through the new contribution, 2,529 non-refugee families will receive rental subsidies to support their accommodation need.

The additional resources will bring the total Swedish contribution to the UNDP cash assistance programme to atleast USD 6.9 million.

26 Mar 2015 description

Mr. President,

We are in the fifth year of a war in Syria characterized by breathtaking levels of savagery and it is just over one year since this Council adopted resolution 2139. The resolution demanded action by the parties to the conflict, to cease attacks against civilians and facilitate humanitarian access to those in need. We had all hoped that the resolution would compel the parties to reduce the violence and lead to a significant improvement in the situation of people in Syria.

By any measure, however, the situation in Syria has dramatically worsened.

26 Mar 2015 description

War pushing water shortages to breaking point in the Middle East, says ICRC report

With heavy fighting continuing to tear apart Syria and Iraq, and many communities still recovering from conflicts in Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the region's water resources and aging delivery systems are reaching their breaking point, according to a new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Amnesty

Palestinian armed groups killed civilians on both sides in attacks amounting to war crimes during 2014 Gaza conflict

Palestinian armed groups displayed a flagrant disregard for the lives of civilians by repeatedly launching indiscriminate rockets and mortars towards civilian areas in Israel during the conflict in July and August 2014, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

25 Mar 2015 description
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Introduction

  1. This thirteenth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (20 14), 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.

25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

24 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

● In the Gaza Strip, 58,000 people have so far bought restricted building materials for repairs, but almost none of them are IDPs whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

●Israel eases access restrictions in and out of Gaza, including a rise in the quota of exit permits for Palestinian merchants and approval for the transfer of textiles and furniture to the West Bank.

23 Mar 2015 description

MORNING

Hears Update from the Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, Holds Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Holds General Debate after Presentation of Reports

20 Mar 2015 description

PR/EN/20032015/08

This report, presented in-person to the Commission of Inquiry in January 2015, draws attention to the widespread, mass forced displacement of Palestinians by Israel, and the crime of forcible transfer. This devastating crime is inextricably linked to a multitude of fundamental human rights. Yet, despite its status as one of the most heinous acts within a situation of international armed conflict, it is a crime which, in the case of Israel and Palestine, has received scant attention from the international community.

19 Mar 2015 description

10 – 17 March 2015 | Issue 84

UNRWA opened the newly reconstructed Health Centre in Rafah on 11 March. The 7,000 square metre health clinic was improved with funding from the Gulf Cooperation Council through the Islamic Development Bank. It will serve 135,000 refugees and last year carried out 335,000 medical consultations. “Access to quality health care remains a hallmark of the right of all people to live in dignity,” said Mr Robert Turner, the Director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, at the opening ceremony.

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

17 Mar 2015 description

Summary

The present report is submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 25/29 on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. It presents an analysis of how key violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights by all duty bearers drive the conflict and violence, and explains how an end to those violations and abuses is a key component of any enduring peace.

I. Introduction