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20 Apr 2017 description

Latest developments 

  • On 19 April, **a Palestinian man drove his vehicle into an Israeli settler at the Gush Etzion junction (Hebron), injuring him, and was subsequently shot and killed** by Israeli forces, according to Israeli media reports.

Biweekly highlights

20 Apr 2017 description

Madam President,

Members of the Security Council,

Thank you for this opportunity to again address the Council on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. I took note of the Presidency’s interest this month in discussing a number of issues pertaining to the Middle East and North Africa region. I will therefore highlight some of them in my presentation and defer to my fellow UN envoys who regularly brief the Council for greater detail on many of these challenges.

Madam President,

13 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

● Approximately 4,000 displaced families in the Gaza Strip have not been allocated any funding for the reconstruction of their homes.

● Severe access restrictions place some 2,000 Palestinians in the settlement area of Hebron city at risk of forcible transfer.

● New measures aimed at revoking the residency rights of family members of perpetrators of attacks in East Jerusalem raise concerns over collective punishment.

07 Apr 2017 description

The destructive force of war in cities, the suffering it causes and the impact on people's lives and livelihoods – is a major concern of the ICRC in many countries in which we work.

This keynote speech was given by ICRC President Peter Maurer as part of the ICRC's Research and Debate cycle on "War in Cities", 4 April 2017 at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

We know that many of the world's conflict-affected cities - from Aleppo to Donetsk, from Gaza to Mogadishu, from Aden to Tripoli – are struggling to survive.

07 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN releases 2017 HRP, requests $3.4 billion to address humanitarian needs in Syria

  • Suspected chemical weapon attack kills approximately 100 in Idlib

  • UN inter-agency convoy reaches four besieged towns in Idlib and Rif Damascus, delivers critical relief for 60,000 people

  • SARG, AOGs agree to new reconciliation terms in Al Wa’er, prompting evacuation of opposition fighters and their families

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

06 Apr 2017 description

Latest developments from 6 April

  • The de facto authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three Palestinian men convicted of “collaboration with Israel”, according to media reports.

  • The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip announced the lifting of all access restrictions in place since 26 March.

  • A Palestinian man run his vehicle on a bus stop next to Ofra settlement (Ramallah), killing an Israeli soldier and injuring another, and was subsequently detained, according to media reports.

05 Apr 2017 description

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR STEPHEN O’BRIEN

Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

I know it pains us all to observe that the conflict in Syria has entered its seventh wretched tragic year, as the world - much of it represented in this room - has witnessed one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises unfold over the battle-smashed communities and infrastructure of a once thriving lower middle income country.

03 Apr 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

Throughout 2016, civilians continued to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by unparalleled suffering, destruction and disregard for human life. Protracted fighting and mass displacement remained the dominant features of Syria's humanitarian landscape and contributed to further deterioration the overall humanitarian situation in Syria.

03 Apr 2017 description

Regional Overview

During 2016, refugees from Syria in the region and communities hosting them continued to require protection and assistance, with complex and evolving needs.

31 Mar 2017 description

Excerpt

**Syria

Yesterday, an inter-agency humanitarian convoy delivered food and emergency items to 6,000 people, comprising Syrians and Palestine refugees, in besieged Khan Elshih, Rural Damascus. The last inter-agency convoy to the area was on 16 December 2016.

A UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy also delivered multisectoral assistance for 107,500 people in need in Rastan in Homs. The last inter-agency convoy to the hard-to-reach area was on 12 February 2017.

30 Mar 2017 description

AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY

Your Majesties,

Your Royal Highnesses,

Excellencies,

As salaam alaikum.

I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.

Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.

30 Mar 2017 description

Recognizing that education is fundamental to helping each and every child achieve their full potential, UNRWA has worked for over 60 years to ensure that Palestine refugee children have access to quality education. Since its operations began, UNRWA has educated three generations of refugees, or more than four million refugee children. Currently, UNRWA provides free basic education to over 500,000 Palestine refugee children and youth in 702 schools, 8 vocational training centres and 2 educational science faculties across the Agency’s five fields of operations.

29 Mar 2017 description
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is the thirty-seventh submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2332 (2016) in which the Council requested me to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

29 Mar 2017 description

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies,

As salaam alaikum.

I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.

Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.