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Syrian rebels said they seized full control Wednesday of a town in northern Syria on Turkey's border held by the Islamic State jihadist group since 2014, in a Turkish-backed operation.
"Jarabulus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel spokesman said IS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab, to the southwest.
The establishment of a high-level commission headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is a welcome step towards addressing the human rights situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, Amnesty International said today.
“Today’s announcement is a sign that Myanmar’s authorities are taking the situation in Rakhine state seriously. But it will only have been a worthwhile exercise if it paves the way for the realization of human rights for all people in the state,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty International’s Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.
The effects of the storm that hit the Sahrawi refugee camp of Laayoun on 15 August combined with the return of high temperature, resulted in more of the damaged mud houses and other infrastructure to collapse. This increased the number of houses damaged and of people affected by the emergency.
I am saddened by the reports of lives lost and damage caused by earthquakes today in Italy and Myanmar, and wish to convey my condolences to the peoples and governments of both countries.
In Italy, Accumoli, Amatrice and other towns in the Central Appennines were struck early this morning by a 6M earthquake and two major aftershocks, with local sources reporting that up to 60 people have been killed and 150 remain unaccounted for. Some 2,500 people are reported to have been displaced. National responders are leading the response effort.
By Omar Waraich, 21 August 2016, 15:05 UTC
UNTIL recently, Pakistan was home to the largest refugee population. For decades, the country won much praise for giving sanctuary to vulnerable people who had to flee their homes. When far wealthier countries showed a callous indifference towards those people seeking safety — tightening border controls while pleading lack of capacity — the example of Pakistan shamed them.
The house where Bertrand Dodoffo was born and raised is now a pile of rubble and brick. But, if you look closely, you can still see a white plastic rosary and a metal crucifix hanging off a nail on what was the wall of Bertrand's bedroom.
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Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs.
The OM is currently operating with 20 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.
On 21 August 2016, UNAMID Police in Central Sector donated blood to the Maternity Unit at the Zalingei Teaching Hospital, Central Darfur. The blood donation is an UNAMID Police initiative to support the local community and to save lives, particularly during surgical operations and child birth.
2,700 people have fled to Uganda over the past two days, 1,386 on Monday and 1,314 on Sunday.
Oraba continues to be the main border crossing point, and is now receiving nearly twice as many new arrivals on a daily basis than Elegu. This reflects the fact that most people arriving in Uganda in recent days are fleeing from Central Equatoria.
In July, WFP distributed food assistance to 46,320 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in central and southern Libya and 33,500 IDPs in eastern Libya.
Given limited resources, WFP will have to adjust its planning figures in August, aiming to reach 120,000 people in need.
In 2016, WFP Sudan plans to assist 4.6 million affected people, of which 3.9 million reside in Darfur. Thus far, WFP has reached 2.5 million people or 54 percent of the people in need - distributing 97,000 mt of food across Sudan.
In July, WFP Sudan assisted 1.9 million people with general food assistance and 76,790 children under five and pregnant and nursing women with nutrition assistance.
A meeting of Morocco’s School Meals Steering Committee, chaired by the Minister of Education, took place on 27 July.
WFP assisted Tunisia’s Ministry of Education to launch the activities of its Office des oeuvres scolaires (Office of school services), in charge of the management and modernisation of the national school meals programme.
Guatemala, 23 de Agosto 2016
Fuente: La Prensa Libre
El volcán Santiaguito, ubicado unos 100 km al oeste de la capital de Guatemala, registró este martes una potente erupción de ceniza que afecta a varias poblaciones cercanas, informó el organismo de protección civil.
"El volcán Santiaguito continúa con su actividad explosiva, hoy registró una explosión fuerte que levanta un hongo de ceniza a una altura aproximada de 5.000 msnm (metros sobre el nivel del mar)", indicó el vocero de la Coordinadora para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred), David de León.
Some 250,000 Syrian refugees are registered in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), most having fled armed conflict in Syria in 2012 and 2014 (UNHCR 03/08/2016; UNHCR 30/06/2016). 90% are Syrian Kurds (FMR 09/2014). In 2014 and 2015, Iraqi IDPs fleeing Islamic State (IS) increased the population of KR-I by more than 30% in just two years (JIPS 04/2016; IOM 03/2016; IOM 22/06/2016) As of early August, KR-I hosts 955,200 IDPs, 28% of the total displaced in Iraq (UNHCR 03/08/2016; IOM 22/07/2016; IOM 02/07/2016).
Refugees fleeing political turmoil and armed violence in Syria began to arrive in Jordan in 2011. As of 19 August 2016, there are 656,042 registered Syrian refugees, 78.5% of whom are living in urban areas. Most refugees have been in Jordan for years: the largest influx from Syria to Jordan was in 2012 and 2013, with 176,020 and 301,620 refugee arrivals, respectively (UNHCR 15/07/2016; UNHCR 15/08/2016)
Appeal Target: US$ 3'554'015
Balance Requested: US$ 2'991'388
Geneva, 24 August 2016 Dear Colleagues,
SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS THREE IN MORA
On 21 August, a suicide bombing in Mora, in the Far North region, killed three people and left 27 seriously injured. The town hosts more than 20,000 IDPs and serves as a hub for humanitarian activities in the Far North. Mora also is central for cross border operations to Banki, in Nigeria. Following the attack, humanitarian activities in and around Mora were temporarily suspended.
MULTIPLE ATTACKS IN LAC REGION
Continuous rain in upstream Ganges basin have caused floods in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. At least 34 human causalities, destruction of 2487 houses and partial damage to 19,283 dwelling were reported in Katni, Rewa, Chattarpur, Raisen, Sagarand Satna districts in Madhya Pradesh. NDRF rescued 147 marooned people to safer places from Rewa district on 21-Aug-2016. Rescue operations are underway in Satna, Rewa, Panna and other districts to evacuate people trapped by floods.