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Liberia closes borders and steps up Ebola screening

07/28/2014 10:14 GMT

MONROVIA, July 28, 2014 (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders, with stringent medical checks being stepped up at airports and major trade routes.

The measure comes as Liberia struggles to contain an outbreak of the tropical virus which has infected some 1,100 people in four west African nations and left 660 dead across the region since the start of the year.

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Respect: Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers take risks to save lives

Earlier this year, volunteers working with Ukrainian Red Cross Society faced risk in the service of those in need.

In February 2014 and throughout the following months, Red Cross volunteers responded to violence during protests at Maidan Square, Kiev. Over 100 people killed, and many more were injured. Red Cross volunteers provided first aid to anyone in need.

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Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the deterioration of the recent situation in the Gaza Strip and Japan’s assistance

  1. The Government of Japan deeply deplores the incident where, on 24 July, a large number of casualties including many children were caused in a United Nations-run school used as a shelter for the residents in the Gaza Strip. Such an incident must not be repeated. Japan once again urges all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint.

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Three medical patients manage to cross at Erez, while Kerem Shalom closes early


July 27, 2014. Erez Crossing operated today for the exit of three medical patients from Gaza, as well as for the entrance and exit of foreign citizens, mainly journalists. Yesterday, the crossing was open exceptionally at 11am for transit of a small number of pre-approved cases.

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WFP Syria Crisis Response Situation Update: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, 09 - 22 July 2014


  • Food assistance reaches Damascus suburb of Moadamiyeh

  • 12-truck WFP convoy departs for Deir-ez-Zor city

  • Nutrition programme for displaced women launched in Homs and Lattakia

  • Ramadan distributions in Jordan conclude ahead of Eid

  • WFP monitoring shows most refugees in camps in Turkey to be food secure

  • In Egypt, Carrefour provides 3 percent discount on purchases with WFP e-card

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Libya: Civil Unrest Information Bulletin n° 3

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Libyan Red crescent, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other partners, has determined that external assistance is not required, at this time and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors.

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KRCS hands out 2nd batch of relief aid in Gaza

KUWAIT, July 27 (KUNA) -- The second consignment of relief aid from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) has been distributed among Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip which has been under a nonstop Israeli aggression.

The Kuwaiti humanitarian aid was handed out in Nuseirat and Jbalia areas which included foodstuffs, medical supplies and blanketsall, KRCS board member Saad Al-Nahedh said in a statement.

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Three medical patients manage to cross at Erez, while Kerem Shalom closes early


July 27, 2014. Erez Crossing operated today for the exit of three medical patients from Gaza, as well as for the entrance and exit of foreign citizens, mainly journalists. Yesterday, the crossing was open exceptionally at 11am for transit of a small number of pre-approved cases.

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Renovation work of component workshop launched

SCA started the renovation work of the Jalalabad component workshop, which was damaged due to earthquake last year. The Post Code Lottery is funding the project and the renovation work will be completed within two months with a budget of 840, 000 AFS.

Last year the component workshop was cracked due to the earthquake in April. SCA RAD Programme is producing wheelchairs and other supportive devices for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.

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Health ministry responds with free measles vaccination

by George Herming

Given the suspected measles outbreak, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and World Health Organization (WHO) remind parents to have their children immunized with the free vaccination available in Solomon Islands.

“Measles is a highly contagious and deadly disease, but can be easily prevented with a vaccine”, said Dr. Lester Ross, Permanent Secretary of MHMS.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and free. It is at available at local health clinics in Solomon Islands”, added Dr. Ross.

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President Sirleaf Appeals to All Liberians to Join the Fight against the Ebola Virus; Commits US$500,000 from Government

Monrovia,Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on all Liberians and residents within our borders irrespective of background to join the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.

According to an Executive Mansion release, during a brief stopover at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town early Tuesday morning, the Liberian leader expressed the conviction that the country can overcome the outbreak if they form a common front in the fight through community outreach and other awareness campaigns.

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Australian humanitarian assistance for Gaza

The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, the growing number of casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Many Palestinian civilians have lost their lives along with a number of Israeli soldiers and civilians. Large numbers of people have been displaced from their homes, buildings and essential services damaged, and livelihoods jeopardised.

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Call made on the society to reinforce participation in the efforts to eradicate malaria prevalence

Asmara, 27 July 2014- At a ceremony conducted on 27 July at the Kutmowlie administrative area in connection with National Malaria Day in which Health Ministry representatives, administrators of Gala-Nefhi sub-zone and residents of the sub-zone participated, a call had been made on the society to step-up participation in the efforts to eradicate malaria prevalence.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 27 July 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"For the fourth consecutive day, UNRWA was able to provide basic healthcare and medicines to 305 patients, including 38 non-communicable disease (NCD) patients, at a temporary health point inside Yarmouk. Medicines included antibiotics, treatments for hypertension, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, as well as oral rehydration salts and lice/scabies treatments.

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UK assistance to Gaza this week reaches £7 million

Britain to provide extra £2 million for the Gaza Flash Appeal

The UK will provide an additional £2 million in emergency assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) Gaza Flash Appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today, bringing to £7 million the amount released this week to help Gaza.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

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Canada announces support to create jobs and opportunities in Nigeria

Canada supports Nigeria’s efforts to promote youth entrepreneurship

July 26, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Senator Don Meredith, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced Canadian support for a new project to help increase job opportunities and promote entrepreneurship among young people in Nigeria.

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PRCS Operational update 25-26 July 2014

PRCS increased its readiness to respond to the needs of Palestinians affected by Israeli attacks in various areas in the oPt. Below are the PRCS interventions during the reporting period.

General Situation in the Gaza Strip

• Israel continues shelling indiscriminately civilians and civilian objects in the Gaza Strip which leads to the increase of the death toll and injuries.

• Two PRCS EMTs were shot dead by the Israeli forces on 25/7/2014 in two separate incidents. Details on the incidents available in the section Attacks on the PRCS teams.

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Gaza and West Bank: Reaching out to all victims amidst growing crisis

Humanitarian workers themselves face acute security risks while attempting to restore people’s access to water, medical care and shelter.

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Occupied Palestinian Territory: Gaza Emergency Situation Report (as of 27 July 2014, 1500 hrs)


  • Hostilities resumed on the night of 26 July, following a short humanitarian pause; efforts to extend the pause have so far failed.

  • The pause allowed for the recovery of over 100 bodies and the delivery of basic supplies to emergency shelters, in previously inaccessible areas.

  • Large areas in Gaza city outside of the three kilometre-wide ‘buffer zone’ received warnings from the Israeli army to evacuate their homes ahead of attacks, triggering further displacement.

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To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.