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05 Dec 2018 description


Throughout its history, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been closely associated with life-saving assistance, surgical operations, physical rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, psychosocial support, safer behaviour in environments contaminated by weapons and other efforts to assist the wounded. In times of conflict, this is commonly referred to “war surgery”.

05 Jul 2018 description

Our Message

While there is room for disagreement about migration policy, the humanitarian imperative means that we must never needlessly sacrifice the survival and dignity of any vulnerable people, including migrants.

08 Jun 2018 description

In many ways, 2017 was a special year seen through the lenses of mental health and psychosocial support in the IFRC. International attention has never been so strongly focused on psychosocial support at field level, in research and at policy level.

In severe crises, such as the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the Rakhine crisis and the protracted crisis in Libya, mental health and psychosocial support is repeatedly mentioned as being key elements in the overall response.

01 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 24th of November 2017, a bomb and gun attack against a mosque in al-Rawda village (Bir Al Abed locality) in North Sinai took place. The attack targeted people during Friday (Gomaa) prayer when hundreds were inside the mosque.

07 Apr 2017 description

Scenario 1 Slight increase in migration via N Africa to EU

The political and security situation in Libya remains unstable and the movement of migrants from Libya to the Mediterranean continues largely unhindered. The slightly rising trend in arrivals to Italy continues, with an expected seasonal spike during the summer months as smuggler activity becomes slightly more organised. The number of people stuck in Libya remains stable. Meanwhile the number of returns and readmissions from (and to) EU member states continues at a very low level.

27 Mar 2017 description

Beirut, Lebanon

December 16-18, 2013

Executive summary

On December 16-18th the MENA Urban Disaster Risk Reduction & Management workshop was held in Beirut as the last of a regional series of workshop/consultations in 2013. The workshop was supported by the IFRC Urban DRR/DM programme and the IFRC MENA office to:

1. To achieve better and deeper understanding of the urban contexts including challenges, opportunities and priorities in MENA for Red Cross and Red Crescent DRR/DM interventions and programmes

20 Feb 2017 description

The Government of Tunisia extended every month the state of emergency declared after November 2015 attack on elite presidential guards in the capital. The state of emergency confers exceptional powers on Tunisian authorities, notably to forbid strikes and public gatherings, close movie theatres and control the press.

The fragile political situation in Libya continue to have an impact on the security situation in Tunisia.

In Egypt, the situation remains tensed in North Sinai Governorate with regular security incidents affecting greater Cairo and the Nile Delta.

18 Nov 2016 description

By Stephen Ryan, IFRC

Sudden and unexpected rains hit south and eastern parts of Egypt at the beginning of November, killing 29 people and injuring at least 73 more. Volunteer teams of Egyptian Red Crescent Society have been among the few aid organisations providing assistance to people whose homes have been caught in the deluge. Food and non-food relief items, and psychosocial support, particularly to children, have been top priorities for the society, which began its response immediately after the onset of the disaster.

09 Nov 2016 description

Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains and flooding affected the Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast, affecting more than 6,500 families at the governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit.

According to official estimates as of 29 October 2016, 26 people have been killed and 72 injured as a result of intense flooding and related hazards.

22 Sep 2016 description

Beirut/Geneva, 21 September 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) deplores continued global inaction in response to Mediterranean tragedies, after a boat carrying up to 600 migrants capsized off Egypt.

At least 42 people have been confirmed as drowned when the boat sank 12 kilometres from the shores of Rasheed town in Kafr Al Sheikh governorate.

29 Sep 2015 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014


07 Jul 2015 description


The past 4 years of this crisis have seen a further deterioration of the situation in Syria. Estimated 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance with more than half of the pre-crisis Syrian population being displaced either internally or as refugees in the neighbouring countries.

05 Aug 2014 description

By Raefah Makki, IFRC

The ongoing fighting in regions of Libya is having grave humanitarian consequences within the country and putting pressure on its borders with Tunisia and Egypt. Hostilities have forced large numbers of people, including migrant workers, to leave the country.

08 May 2014 description

Summary: CHF 199,421 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 August 2013 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 3,000 beneficiaries, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.

As several protests and violence erupted in Egypt on 14 August 2013 following the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi; the escalations led to the killing of more 638 people and injuring hundreds of civilians. The Egyptian Red Crescent deployed its Emergency Action Teams to provide medical care and evacuate the injured people.

30 Apr 2014 description
  1. Who are we?
    The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
    The Zone Office is based in Beirut.

  2. What is our mission?
    At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:

20 Feb 2014 description

Period covered by this Operation Update: October - December 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 106.3 million in cash, kind and services;

Appeal coverage: 48%; through cash and in-kind contributions.