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22 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.

20 Jul 2017 description
interactive Minority Rights Group
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 20 Jul 2017.

About this map

The Peoples under Threat ranking highlights countries most at risk of genocide and mass killing. The ranking is created by compiling data on the known antecedents to genocide or mass political killing.

Click on a country to view its Peoples under Threat information. The large orange number indicates the country's position in the ranking.

The arrows indicate how much that country has fallen or risen by since last year's ranking. Horizontal arrows indicate no change.

20 Jul 2017 description

Latest developments:

On 18 July, a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into a group of Israeli soldiers at the Beit ‘Enoun junction (Hebron), injuring two soldiers, and was shot and killed by Israeli forces, according to media reports.

Biweekly highlights

20 Jul 2017 description

Vulnerable peoples are living at deadly risk in a growing number of no-go zones around the world, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in the 2017 Peoples under Threat index and online map.

This year’s index, which seeks to identify those countries around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression, highlights how lack of access from the outside world allows killing to be perpetrated unchecked in disputed territories, militarized enclaves and, in some cases, whole countries.

17 Jul 2017 description
report UN General Assembly
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Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the members of the General Assembly the forty-eighth report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 70/87.

Summary

14 Jul 2017 description

NRC in 2016: our year in review

We assisted millions in 2016. It wasn’t easy.

The numbers were bleak. Nearly 66 million people were on the move, fleeing conflict and disaster. But we persevered.

In 2016, displacement figures topped the charts yet again. As the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) scaled up, our 2016 annual report details, we supported more than six million people throughout the year – improving 2015 achievements by nearly 27 per cent.

A balancing act

11 Jul 2017 description

The UN Country Team in the occupied Palestinian territory released a report today that reviews the socio-economic status of the Gaza Strip, a decade after the events of 2006-2007 that saw a violent take-over of the Strip by Hamas, the enforcement of strict closures by Israel and the administrative separation of Gaza from the West Bank. The new report, ‘Gaza – 10 years later’ takes stock of some of the key indicators identified in an earlier 2012 UN report which predicted Gaza would become ‘unliveable’ by 2020, unless underlying trends were reversed.

10 Jul 2017 description

One hundred and eighty-six thousand children have registered to participate in a month-long programme of summer activities organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The ‘Summer Fun Weeks’ (SFWs) will begin on 8 July and culminate in a series of closing ceremonies that end on 5 August.

07 Jul 2017 description

7th of July 2017 marks the third anniversary since Israel’s relentless military assault on Gaza codenamed “Operation Protective Edge” (OPE). The downpour of Israel’s military might lasted for 51 days, leaving thousands of casualties, destroying more than ten thousand houses, public facilities and private properties, and resulting in systematic violations of human rights and international humanitarian law (IHL).

06 Jul 2017 description

Three years after the war in 2014, Gaza citizens continue to live in displacement. Of 11,000 homes totally destroyed during the war, a little over one third have been rebuilt. Many families continue to live in tents.

“I built a tent and stayed in it for three years, while waiting for Gaza to be rebuilt. We’re still living in it (…) We are alive now because death hasn’t bothered to take us yet. It will be way better for us to die, as we won’t face problems anymore,” Thaer Al Sheesh, a father of four living in Gaza, told NRC.

04 Jul 2017 description

Mohammed Yaghi, a Palestine refugee, cheerfully arranges vegetables in his new grocery and poultry shop in Fawwar refugee camp in the West Bank. This small shop, established with income Mohammed earned through his participation in the Cash-for-Work (CfW) programme, provides his family of six with a secure source of income and a sustainable livelihood.

04 Jul 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 240,188 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 1 249,298 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 1 41,319 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

  • 81,973 persons arriving in Italy by sea so far in 2017

  • 2 1,718 sea rescue/hygiene kits distributed so far in 2017

OPERATIONAL UPDATE

04 Jul 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gaza’s electricity crisis continues: while the Gaza power plant resumed partial operations, Israel reduced its supply by 40%, at the request of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

  • The referral of over 1,600 patients to medical treatment outside Gaza disrupted, following the apparent suspension of payments for this service by the PA.

  • Halt in West Bank demolitions and displacements during the month of Ramadan, amid a continuation in the wave of settlement expansion announcements.

03 Jul 2017 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

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

03 Jul 2017 description

Across the Middle East and North Africa region, water utilities are increasingly struggling to maintain services during protracted conflicts. To become more resilient, they need to tackle long-standing vulnerabilities that let the impacts of conflicts accumulate. However, many have increased their dependency on external help, particularly on humanitarian and development aid. In many cases, international agencies have had to continue playing a substitution role over long periods, while their supporting activities have remained limited.

03 Jul 2017 description

FOREWORD

The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.