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15 Nov 2006 description

After the bombing of the Jiyeh power station south of Beirut on 14 July 2006, 15,000 tonnes of oil spilled into the sea. The SDC has undertaken an effective project to counter the resulting environmental damage and the loss of income for the fishermen.

A first hand report from the Lebanese coast by our colleague Fabienne Wydler

The closer the winter season comes, the greater the danger that storms and strong waves will loosen the oil from the rocks and flush it out of the coastal sand, bringing contamination to yet another location.

14 Nov 2006 description

Dans une région du Liban touchée par le conflit

Le 14 juillet dernier, le bombardement de la centrale électrique de Jiyé, au Sud de Beyrouth, a eu pour conséquence l'écoulement en mer d'un volume de pétrole estimé jusqu'à 15 000 tonnes. La DDC a mis sur pied un projet efficace pour lutter contre les dommages à l'environnement et compenser les pertes de revenu des pêcheurs.

De la côte libanaise, un reportage de notre collaboratrice Fabienne Wydler

Plus l'hiver approche, plus augmente le risque que les tempêtes et le gros temps arrachent le pétrole accumulé sur …

10 Nov 2006 description

AIDE HUMANITAIRE AU LIBAN

Au Sud-Liban, les olives sont mûres. Prêtes à être récoltées. Pourtant, selon les Nations Unies, oliveraies et champs de tabac sont truffés de plus d'un million de bombes à sous-munitions (BASM) non explosées, qui ne cessent de semer la mort. D'où la participation de la Suisse à une mission de déminage d'urgence.

Resté accroché à un rameau d'olivier, l'engin a explosé fin septembre, au moment où l'opération de nettoyage a mené un bulldozer à heurter le tronc de l'arbre.

10 Nov 2006 description

HUMANITARIAN AID IN LEBANON

Harvest time in southern Lebanon: the olives are ripe and ready for picking. However, according to the UN, olive groves and tobacco fields are littered with more than one million unexploded cluster bombs, leading to frequent fatal accidents. Switzerland is taking part in urgent demining efforts.

The bomb was hanging from a branch of an olive tree. It exploded in late September when a bulldozer hit the tree while clearing away rubble. Twelve-year-old Muhammad Sultan was killed by pieces of shrapnel, while his brothers Jamil and Abbas were severely wounded.

27 Oct 2006 description

SDC Regional Office was established in Syria end of 2005. SDC-Damascus provides support to government and non-governmental bodies aiming to design and implement projects and actions that are in line with SDC thematic priorities. These include (i) natural resources management and environment; (ii) governance and reform; (iii) job creation and integration of marginalized groups.

29 Sep 2006 description

SDC Humanitarian Aid

Since the end of the conflict in Lebanon, Switzerland's Humanitarian Aid (HA) has been concentrating on establishing basic living conditions for the affected populations.

29 Sep 2006 description

La Suisse apporte son aide aux victimes du conflit armé à hauteur de 11,5 millions de dollars US. À l'occasion d'une conférence de presse le 29 septembre, l'ambassadeur suisse François Barras et le délégué à l'aide humanitaire de la Confédération Toni Frisch ont souligné l'étroite collaboration qui s'est instaurée avec le gouvernement libanais, représenté par Alain Qordahi, vice-président du Conseil du développement et de la reconstruction (CDR).

Retour dans les villages

Le programme « Retour au village » est au cœur de l'aide apportée par la Suisse.

29 Sep 2006 description

Beirut/Bern, 29.09.2006 - Switzerland is supporting the victims of the armed conflict with a total of 11.5 million US$. Speaking at a media briefing in Beirut on 29 September, Swiss Ambassador François Barras and Delegate for Humanitarian Aid Toni Frisch underlined the close cooperation with the Lebanese authorities. The Lebanese government was represented by Alain Qordahi, Vice President of the Council for Development and Reconstruction.

Back to the villages

"Back to the Villages" is the focal point of Switzerland's relief programme in Lebanon.

08 Sep 2006 description

SDC Humanitarian Aid

Since mid-July, Swiss Government Humanitarian Aid (SHA) has been deploying a team of experts in Beirut to provide emergency and survival assistance to civilians affected by the war.

17 Aug 2006 description
  • The ceasefire in Lebanon brings changes to SDC's activities on site

    - Since the Monday, 14 August ceasefire, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons have been streaming back to their home towns in southern Lebanon. SDC is therefore shifting the focus of its humanitarian aid.

    Since the Monday, 14 August ceasefire, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons have been streaming back to their home towns in southern Lebanon. Many villages are still undamaged, while others have been completely destroyed by the bombs.

09 Aug 2006 description

Switzerland's Humanitarian Aid (HA) has completed its first deliveries of aid supplies to villages in the Chouf mountains. More than 800 families have received non-food items. The first camp for 360 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) has also been handed over to the Lebanese government.

Bombardments by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have hampered access to vital supply routes between the north and south of Lebanon.

03 Aug 2006 description

Switzerland's Humanitarian Aid (HA) is continuing its effort to provide aid to people in need in the Middle East. The first camp for 360 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), which was set up in cooperation with HA's team in Beirut, will be handed over to the Lebanese government on Friday. HA's team is also due to deliver aid supplies to the villages in the Chouf mountains - a region that is unable to cope with providing aid to thousands of IDPs.

28 Jul 2006 description

Bern, 28 July 2006 - Swiss Delegate for Humanitarian Aid Toni Frisch returned on Friday from a five day trip to the Middle East. During his visit to Lebanon and Syria, he was able to assess the humanitarian situation and security conditions. Relief measures undertaken by Switzerland's Humanitarian Aid (HA) in cooperation with local and international partners and the Swiss embassies are in progress.

27 Jul 2006 description

Since the beginning of the conflict in Lebanon, some 700,000 people have fled their homes to seek refuge in other parts of the country or abroad, according to UN estimates.

Up to half a million people have been able to find accommodation with relatives or friends. Over 100,000 have found temporary shelter in schools and other public buildings. However, tens of thousands of refugees are still flowing out of southern Lebanon and flooding Beirut.

25 Jul 2006 description

The Delegate for Humanitarian Aid Toni Frisch arrived on Tuesday afternoon in Beirut to assess the humanitarian situation with local and international partners. In the mean time, initial steps have been taken to bring relief to the populations affected by the conflict.

23 Jul 2006 description

Several teams of SDC experts are currently operating in Lebanon, Cyprus and Syria. Delegate for Humanitarian Aid Toni Frisch is to travel to Beirut. Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and West Bank remain a priority.