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(Bamako, 25 avril 2017) – La Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire au Mali, Mme. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, est vivement préoccupée par les actes de violence et de banditisme qui se sont multipliés ces derniers temps contre les organisations humanitaires au pays.
The members of the Panel of Experts established pursuant to Security Council resolution 2206 (2015), whose mandate was extended pursuant to resolution 2290 (2016), have the honour to transmit herewith, in accordance with paragraph 12 (d) of resolution 2290 (2016), the final report on their work.
The report was provided to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan on 16 March 2017 and was considered by the Committee on 29 March 2017.
1. The present report is the thirty-eighth 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.
With medical teams working across Yemen, we at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) witness on a daily basis the reality of the humanitarian crisis facing its people. In the more than two years since the armed conflict escalated, thousands of people have been injured, maimed and killed. Our teams have treated more than 60,800 trauma patients, including war wounded and other violence related injuries.
Civilian casualties and major attacks are increasing in many parts of Afghanistan; a devastating attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in central Kabul on 8 March claimed dozens of lives
Three more health facilities were forced to close in the southern region due to conflict in March; around 1700 families were displaced
Flash floods in Herat province killed four people and affected 352 families. Further 795 families were internally displaced in western provinces due to conflict
Bamako (CICR) - Ce lundi 24 avril 2017, la sous-délégation du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) à Kidal a été cambriolée par des inconnus vers 4 heures du matin. Face à cette situation d'insécurité, nous avons décidé de suspendre temporairement nos activités dans la région de Kidal jusqu'à nouvel ordre.
• Humanitarian Coordinator calls on armed actors to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and ensure the proportionality of their actions.
• Nearly 60 aid workers relocated from Walgak and Waat in northern Jonglei due to intensified armed conflict.
• Cholera spreads to Duk, Ayod and Fangak counties in Jonglei, amidst the longest running outbreak since South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011.
KYIV (24 April) -- The entire OSCE Special Monitoring Mission is filled with great sorrow at the loss of a team member while conducting a patrol near non-government controlled Pyshyb in the Luhansk region yesterday morning. One of our armoured vehicles experienced an explosion, likely a mine, resulting in the tragic death of a paramedic from the United States working with the OSCE SMM. Two more patrol members from Germany and the Czech Republic have been admitted to hospital for medical examination.
Activists monitoring Syria's long-running civil war said Saturday that airstrikes had seriously damaged an underground medical center in Idlib province, just kilometers from the site of a deadly chemical attack that sparked international outrage and a U.S. cruise missile retaliation earlier this month.
Damascus, April 16, 2017
For the fifth day in row, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) teams continue with their humanitarian duty in the four towns (Zabadani & Madaya in Rural Damascus and Al-Fu’ah & Kefraya in Rural Edlib). Hundreds of SARC volunteers are still providing the humanitarian services needed by evacuees in the mentioned areas with neutrality and impartiality manner and based on confidence and upon request of the negotiated and agreed parties. It is highly important to mention that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent is not involved or part of the agreement.
Children hunting rodents for food. Mothers boiling coconut skins to eat. Life in famine is a life of desperation.
More than 20 million people face starvation across the Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen. But nowhere is the situation more dire than South Sudan, where the world’s only official famine has taken root.
This emergency is a grave humanitarian crisis — but it also threatens to get worse. Without humanitarian access, an additional 1 million people will be on the brink of starvation in the next three months.
Arrivals from South Kordofan Continue: From 1 to 15 April, UNHCR registered 588 new arrivals to South Sudan through Yida settlement. Cumulatively, 4,370 new arrivals have been registered since the beginning of the year 2017.
Déclaration des Directeurs du Comité Permanent Inter-organisations (IASC)
Validé par les Directeurs du IASC le 17 mars 2017
Maban, 21 April 2017 - We are devastated by the recent turn of events here in South Sudan.
After five long decades of war with the north, South Sudan became independent in 2011. Soon after that, in December 2013, the current conflict, a full scale civil war this is threatening the very existence of the youngest nation in the world.
Jerusalem (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) condemns an attack which has taken place in its office in the West Bank city of Hebron.
At around eleven o’clock last night, unidentified gunmen fired several shots at ICRC’s office. Bullets penetrated the building shell as well as one vehicle. At this point in time, the ICRC has no information in relation to who carried out the attack nor the motives behind it.
In March 2017, an agreement was reached to proceed with evacuation of residents of besieged Al-Waer city, with total of 4,150 people evacuated to Jarablus and 1,450 to Idleb during March 2017.
In March 2017, increase in measles cases was reported in Idleb.
Monitoring of attacks on health care has revealed that 14 health facilities were attacked in March 2017, affecting hospital infrastructure and health care staff.
The Secretary-General has sent a letter to the President of the Security Council summarising the overall progress of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Secretariat in implementing the recommendations of the independent special investigation into the Juba violence in July 2016 and the actions of the Mission. As you may recall, the special investigation, led by Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert, made recommendations targeting issues unique to UNMISS and those more systemic in nature.
Following the outbreak of hostilities in Juba from 8 to 11 July 2016 and the resulting violence perpetrated against civilians, on 23 August 2016, my predecessor, Ban Ki-moon, ordered an independent special investigation, led by Major General (retired) Patrick Cammaert, to examine the actions of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in response to the attacks on civilians that occurred, notably within or in the vicinity of the UNMISS compounds in Juba, including the Terrain Hotel and the adjacent protection of civilians sites.