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04 Apr 2003 description
report IRIN

SILOPI, 4 April (IRIN) - As of Friday, monitoring teams from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), continue to face difficulties on and along Turkey's 331-km border with Iraq. The teams are trying to assess the needs of vulnerable people on the move on or near the border.

04 Apr 2003 description

Transcript of UN Briefing in Amman, Jordan

04 Apr 2003 description
report Caritas

Iraq

04 Apr 2003 description

UNJLC preparedness and contingency bulletins aim to provide a concise weekly overview of UNJLC activities and the present logistical situation in regard to the potential crisis in the Middle East. In addition, sector/country specific reports will be released regularly in order to provide in-depth coverage of priority areas.

04 Apr 2003 description

Ron Redmond - Media Relations

04 Apr 2003 description


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Background

Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated in Iraq since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Government of Iraq (GOI) manipulation of international sanctions. In 1996, the GOI accepted the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program (OFF), after which humanitarian conditions improved.

Between 1991 and 1996, the U.S. Government provided nearly $794 million in humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Iraq.

03 Apr 2003 description
report Caritas


Iraq Humanitarian Response
Submitted by: Hanno Schaefer

Iraq

General Situation/Overview

Baghdad/Center of Iraq:

ICRC reports that movement in Baghdad has increased, possibly partly due to the breakdown in the telephone network affecting family communications. Most shops are closed but some open-air markets remain open. ICRC also reported an increased exodus of population from Baghdad due to the bombardment.

03 Apr 2003 description

Third country nationals continue to leave Iraq in small numbers.

03 Apr 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Water: Water treatment plants Anbar; south of Baghdad; and Babylon are operating at 40-50% of their capacity due to power cuts. In Erbil, water contamination increased. In Basrah, additional three back-up generators are operating at Wafa' al Qaed pumping station.

Food situation in Basrah: WFP confirmed that there is no food crisis in Basrah.

Turkey lifted transportation taxes: GoT lifted the taxation on foreign vehicles which carry goods or passengers for Iraq humanitarian operations.

03 Apr 2003 description

Transcript of UN Briefing in Amman

02 Apr 2003 description


Transcript:
(1:30 p.m. EST)

MR. REEKER: Welcome to the State Department. Welcome back for those of you that have been here before.

02 Apr 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
UNOPS has begun an assessment of IDPs to establish a reliable figure of all IDPs currently in the three northern governorates.

In Iran, there are constraints on the UN agencies' ability to monitor the situation of the whole border, due to presence of mines and unexploded ordnance in military zones and adjacent areas. According to the UNDP mine assessment, sites in Mehran and Khosravi cannot be regarded as being acceptable for refugees unless clearance is undertaken.

02 Apr 2003 description
report Caritas


Iraq Humanitarian Response
Submitted by: Hanno Schaefer

Iraq

General Situation/Overview

According to the UN, there are no reports of any infectious disease outbreaks throughout Iraq. WHO reports that in the whole Centre/South of Iraq hospitals are able to cope with the situation, despite the increase in workload. Water shortage is a major constraint.

02 Apr 2003 description

Transcript of UN Briefing in Amman, Jordan

02 Apr 2003 description

A group of 128 foreign workers and their families fleeing the war in Iraq has been accommodated at a camp established by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) near the border town of Al-Bukamal.

02 Apr 2003 description


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Background

Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated in Iraq since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Government of Iraq (GOI) manipulation of international sanctions. In 1996, the GOI accepted the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program (OFF), after which humanitarian conditions improved.

Between 1991 and 1996, the U.S. Government provided nearly $794 million in humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Iraq.

01 Apr 2003 description
report Government of Japan
Press Conference by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1 April) - Extract

Mr. Takashima: The second announcement is about the suspension of humanitarian assistance in the Syrian Arab Republic.

The Government of Japan decided to suspend humanitarian assistance in the border area between Syria and Iraq because of security considerations as well as the refugee situation there.

01 Apr 2003 description


1 HIGHLIGHTS
Health: There are no reports of any infectious disease outbreaks throughout Iraq. Despite an increase workload, hospitals in the Centre/South have been able to cope. Water shortage is the major constraint.

Security: Several reports of violence against the UK and US installations in Cyprus. Anti-war demonstrations and acts of violence continue throughout the region. There was a false bomb threat to UN offices in Kuwait.

Jordan: An estimated 6000 Iraqi nationals returned home from Jordan with the help of Iraqi Embassy.