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31 Dec 2013 description

9.3 million people estimated to be in need of assistance inside Syria, including more than 6.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) (Source: UN OCHA, Nov. 4, 2013)

31 Dec 2013 description
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Highlights

  • The global humanitarian response in 2014 aims to reach at least 52 million people with essential life-saving assistance in 17 affected countries.

  • There has been significant advance in reducing disaster risk in the region since the adoption, in 2005, of the International Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015.

31 Dec 2013 description
report Voice of America

Jamie Dettmer

WASHINGTON — The violent aftermath of the Arab Spring is taking a toll on the mental health of people in the Middle East. And with no end in sight to turmoil, some psychiatrists warn that the numbers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders and severe depression will climb.

31 Dec 2013 description

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued a desperate appeal for governments across the world to end impunity for violence against journalists and media staff after posting 108 killings for 2013. Fifteen more lost their lives in accidents while on assignments. (Read in French/Spanish)

31 Dec 2013 description

Editorial

Sometimes it‘s difficult to imagine that another natural disaster could ever happen again, leaving massive destruction in its wake like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or the earthquake in Haiti. But then with incredible force, typhoon Haiyan struck, creating a catastrophe of almost incomprehensible proportions.

31 Dec 2013 description

Egypt

Towards Egypt:

Israel reported that 36 iregular migrants had been intercepted trying to enter Israel from its southern border with Egypt in 2013 in comparison to over 10,000 intercepted in 2012, 17,000 in 2011 and nearly 15,000 in 2010. Mass migrant/asylum seeker protests were reported in December 2013 and January 2014 bemoaning a 1 year detention law and agitating for the adjudication of asylum and protection claims by migrants/asylum seekers.

30 Dec 2013 description

Current major event

Dengue in Pakistan

The dengue fever (DF) outbreak in Khy-ber Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, reported in weekly epidemiol-ogical monitor (Volume-6, issue-37, dated 15 September 2013), has subsided. This was one of the major outbreaks of den-gue fever reported ever from this prov-ince in the country. As of November 2013, a total of 8,494 laboratory-confirmed cases of DF were reported from this province. As reported earlier, the district of Swat was the most af-fected area in the province.

28 Dec 2013 description
  • Clashes flare in Cairo, other cities; scores injured

  • Muslim Brotherhood declared terrorist group on Wednesday

  • Kerry calls Egyptian foreign minister, expresses concern (Updates death toll, adds police officer injured)

By Maggie Fick

CAIRO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Muslim Brotherhood supporters and police clashed across Egypt on Friday, leaving at least four dead in protests after the army-backed government declared the group a terrorist organisation.

28 Dec 2013 description
report Human Rights Watch

Designation Criminalizes Virtually All Brotherhood Activities

(New York, December 28, 2013) – The Egyptian government’s designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization appears to be aimed at expanding the crackdown on peaceful Brotherhood activities and imposing harsh sanctions on its supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should promptly reverse the decision and stop interfering with the Brotherhood’s health, education, and other peaceful activities.

26 Dec 2013 description

Operation Highlights

The number of refugees from Somalia –1.1 million–is the third highest in the world after Afghanistan and Syria UNHCR leads protection and emergency relief interventions targeting 700,000 IDPs out of a total IDP population estimated at 1.1 million and over 2,300 refugees in Somalia.

26 Dec 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF launches biggest ever funding appeal for children of Syria

AMMAN, Jordan – UNICEF is seeking $835 million to fund its response to the urgent humanitarian needs of children affected by the Syria crisis in 2014.

The funds being requested – a 77 per cent increase over last year – are the largest amount ever sought from donors by the UN children’s agency in its 67 year history, and was part of a broader appeal launched by the United Nations and its partner agencies yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland.

25 Dec 2013 description

Secretary-General SG/SM/15558 AFR/2780

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

24 Dec 2013 description

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 281,000 refugees have benefited from the winterization activities in Lebanon.

  • In Jordan, cash assistance has been provided to over 150,000 refugees outside camps.

  • 72% of the refugee population, including 100% of camp refugees in Iraq have received winter items from UNHCR distribution.

  • UNICEF distributed 60,000 pairs of shoes in Turkey as part of winterization plan.

24 Dec 2013 description

WAM CAIRO, 23rd December 2013 (WAM) -- Egypt's Interim Prime Minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, on Monday received Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, U.A.E. Minister of State, in presence of Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Minister of International Cooperation, to discuss the projects included in the U.A.E.'s US$4.9 billion aid package to Egypt, announced last October.

23 Dec 2013 description

On 14 January 2014, the Egyptian people will be called to adopt by referendum a new constitution drafted by a committee of 50 public personalities established by the interim President after Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the army in July 2013.

23 Dec 2013 description

Highlights

Population movement – Syrian refugees continue to cross the borders into neighbouring countries. There are a total of 2.3 million refugees who have sought protection in the region.

Mortality – The reported mortality rates remain low across the region. Both crude mortality rate (CMR) and under 5 mortality rate in Za’atri camp in Jordan were 0.2 and 0.3 per 1000 persons per month, respectively.

23 Dec 2013 description
report UN News Service

20 December 2013 – The United Nations human rights office today called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release all individuals detained in relation to their work as human rights defenders, noting a “worrying escalation” in the harassment and intimidation of civil society in the country.

The call comes after at least 50 men in civilian clothes, who were later identified as police and security officers, raided the Cairo office of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights on Wednesday.

22 Dec 2013 description

2014 SYRIA REGIONAL RESPONSE PLAN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Faced with the prospect of a worsening situation inside Syria and continuing outflows of refugees in 2014, 106 humanitarian response partners on 16 December appealed to donors for US$ 4.2 billion for the UNHCR-led 2014 Syria Regional Response Plan (RRP6) to assist refugees and host-communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

21 Dec 2013 description
report Human Rights Watch

(New York, December 21, 2013) – Egyptian security forces have expanded their harassment of political activists, raided a human rights organization, and used their new protest law to arrest scores of peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today.