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31 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

DUBAI, 31 December 2012 (IRIN) - The Middle East continued to boil in Year 2 of what was once an Arab “Spring” with the ever-worsening conflict in Syria, toxic spillover into Lebanon, deadly clashes in Egypt, proliferation of weapons in Libya, assassinations and bomb blasts in Yemen, emboldened insurgents in Iraq and continued protests in Jordan.

31 Dec 2012 description
report The Guardian

Number of migrants crossing border drops to zero as vast steel fence from Eilat to Gaza border nears completion.

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31 Dec 2012 description

1-Summary on The Return movement:

Since the beginning of 2011, the number of the registered returnees with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration (MoDM) increased dramatically compared to the same period in 2010. Starting in April 2011 onward, the number was steadily increasing, reaching a peak in August of 2011 but taking a downward trend afterwards although it still remained relatively high throughout 2012.This increase could be attributed to different reasons, including but not limited to:

31 Dec 2012 description
report UN News Service

30 December 2012 – “I am unable to see another solution out of two possibilities: either a political solution that is accepted by the Syrian people which meets its aspirations and legitimate rights, or Syria to be transformed into hell.”

31 Dec 2012 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin s'est améliorée dans le Sahel d'Afrique de l'ouest avec la diminution des effectifs acridiens en décembre suite aux opérations de lutte au Niger et en Mauritanie et au dessèchement de la végétation.

31 Dec 2012 description
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 Some 34.7% of vulnerable¹ households surveyed this quarter stated they were exposed to some form of financial shock in 2012; one third of those perceived food price increases to be the main cause. (Page 8)

28 Dec 2012 description
report UN News Service

28 December 2012 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will chair a high-level conference next month to raise funds to alleviate the worsening plight of millions of Syrians affected by the ongoing conflict.

The conference, to be held on 30 January in Kuwait, follows a $1.5 billion appealed launched last week by the United Nations and its partners, who have been hampered in their efforts to carry out relief activities due to lack of funds.

26 Dec 2012 description
report European Union

Brussels, 25 December 2012 A 597/12

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission Catherine Ashton issued the following statement today:

"I have followed very closely the holding of the referendum on the draft Constitution on 15 and 22 December in Egypt. I welcome the peaceful and orderly environment that prevailed during the vote.

I take note of the majority voting in favour of the Constitution. I also note that voter turn out was at 33%.

26 Dec 2012 description

Essaims et bandes sur la côte de la mer Rouge

26 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

GIZA, 25 December 2012 (IRIN) - For the first time in months, Hussein Mohamed, a 50-year-old civil servant from the Giza Governorate neighbourhood of Imbaba, northern Cairo, has had to tell his wife that he can no longer put food on the table.

Mohamed used to find ways to get by on the small salary he receives, but with soaring food prices this is becoming increasingly tough.

25 Dec 2012 description


  • Escalating violence results in growing displacement within Syria and neighbouring countries.

  • Palestine refugees flee Yarmouk camp due to intense fighting.

  • Lack of critical medicines affect the health system

  • Funding shortages hamper humanitarian response

24 Dec 2012 description

In 2012, UN agencies and humanitarian partners helped millions of people affected by natural disasters, food insecurity, conflicts and displacement across the globe. As the year draws to an end, OCHA’s Operations Director John Ging talks about some of the major challenges aid organizations faced in 2012. He also highlights ways to improve humanitarian response in 2013.

Read the full story on UNOCHA.

22 Dec 2012 description

Priority concerns

  • Access for humanitarian organisation to the people in need has decreased since June 2012.

  • Unemployment, price increases and inflation has impacted the purchasing power of communities. Between March and September, the number of people in need of emergency food assistance has increased from one to 2.5 million people.

21 Dec 2012 description

General Information

A big influx of Syrians has been seeking refuge in Egypt since the debut of the conflict in Syriain March 2011.

UNHCR Cairo office registered so far 8,858 individuals (3429 cases) as of 4th of December 2012, including 1,774 individuals registered in Alexandria and 1,265 individuals registered in Damietta and Gamasa.

Syriansarriving in Egypt are residing in different areas such as Greater Cairo, Damietta, Mansoura, Hurghada, Suez, and Ismailia.

19 Dec 2012 description

The dramatic increase in the number of refugees from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) across the region in 2012 continues to require a large-scale response to address the needs of both refugees already present in host countries and new arrivals who continue to pour into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, at a rate of up to several thousand a day. As of early December 2012, humanitarian agencies in these countries had been able to reach over 525,000 Syrian refugees.