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16 Feb 2018 description


  • Six EU-funded structures demolished and eight placed at risk.

  • Nearly 60 per cent of the structures targeted this month (19 out of 32) were in East Jerusalem.

  • At least 45 schools in Area C and East Jerusalem have pending demolition or stop-work orders.

Demolitions and displacement: January 2018 overview

16 Feb 2018 description

Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.

15 Feb 2018 description


The objective of the Participatory Assessment is to provide information on specific thematic areas and guidance for planning and programming by gathering views, feedback and experiences shared directly by UNHCR’s population of concern; namely refugees and internally displaced Iraqis.

15 Feb 2018 description

Biweekly highlights

  • A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli forces in Al Mughayyir village during a stone-throwing incident on 30 January (Ramallah). The boy was shot in the neck with live ammunition, after he reportedly threw stones at two Israeli military vehicles passing through the village. According to eye witnesses and local community sources, there were no clashes in the village at the time of the incident.

15 Feb 2018 description

Following his joint meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav (Poli) Mordechai on 14 February, UN Special Coordinator Mladenov stated:

“I am encouraged by the trilateral meeting yesterday, in which all sides focused on the urgent need to finalize the reconstruction of physical damages from the 2014 Gaza conflict and on facilitating critical humanitarian solutions related to the electricity, water and health sectors.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children calls for greater protection for children and accountability for perpetrators ahead of Munich Security Conference

One in six children globally living in areas impacted by conflict

More children than ever before—at least 357 million globally—are now living in areas affected by conflict, a new report by Save the Children reveals.

15 Feb 2018 description

This briefing paper is on the Israeli forces’ chemical spraying of farmlands in the conflict-struck Gaza Strip. The practice affects the livelihood and right to food of the population, while potentially harming Gaza’s fragile environment and decaying infrastructure. Despite the evident impacts on the population’s human rights, the Israeli military authorities have rejected calls to end this practice or to be fully transparent about the chemicals used.

15 Feb 2018 description
report European Commission

The European Union will launch today in Geneva, a publication outlining the EU's actions in the field of demining and providing practical information for organisations wishing to apply for EU funding.

14 Feb 2018 description

Military personnel involved in attack that killed four children told Israeli military investigators attack was launched under assumption that only Hamas members would enter area.

The Israeli military launched missiles at a beach in the Gaza Strip during its 2014 offensive without first verifying that its targets were actually Palestinian children rather than combatants, according to investigatory materials that Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights (Gaza) received from the Israeli military.

14 Feb 2018 description

Joint Statement: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Medical Aid for Palestinians & Physicians for Human Rights Israel

Israel: Record-Low in Gaza Medical Permits 54 Died in 2017 Awaiting Israeli Permit

14 Feb 2018 description
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Funding Status 2017

In January 2017, UNRWA launched its 2017 Syria Emergency Appeal, requesting a total of USD 329 million to meet the basic needs of Palestine refugees in Syria. As of 31 December 2017, the Agency had received USD 141.7 million, representing 43.1% of emergency requirements.

In addition, about USD 48 million was allocated under the Programme Budget, supporting core programmes and activities of UNRWA in Syria.

Additional USD 17.4 million complemented the operation in Syria through project funds, supporting UNRWA programmes.

13 Feb 2018 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,000 urban refugees and asylumseekers and more than 50,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.
Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In January alone, 1,187 new arrivals were registered in Mbera. As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.

13 Feb 2018 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

- 229 residents in the site of Veria, as of 2nd of February 2018, all registered.
- 10 new arrivals were received throughout January from Samos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter/WASH team.
- 2 residents departed spontaneously, 2 under accommodation scheme and 2 were transferred to other facility in the context of family reunification.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.

13 Feb 2018 description

How can the dizzying changes, intersecting crises and multiplying conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa since the 2011 Arab uprisings be best understood, let alone responded to? This long-form commentary by MENA Program Director Joost Hiltermann and our team steps back for a better look and proposes new approaches.

Principal Findings

12 Feb 2018 description

Seven years of relentless violence and deteriorating economic conditions continue to undermine the resilience of Palestine refugees living in Syria. Of the 560,000 Palestine refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), 438,000 Palestine refugees are in Syria including 254,000 who remain displaced within Syrian borders; An estimated 56,600 (of the 438,000) are trapped in hard-to-reach and besieged areas where humanitarian access remains a key challenge.

12 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• In 2017, a chronic humanitarian and protection crisis continued to affect Palestinian children and families, as tensions escalated in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The energy situation in Gaza continued to deteriorate, with regular rolling blackouts of 12-17 hours per day, and up to 19 hours a day at the end of the year. This had a direct impact on the delivery of services, including health, water and sanitation, and education.

11 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

World Bank Report: Forced Displacement to Cities Demands an Urban Development Approach to the Crisis

KUALA LUMPUR, February 10, 2018 – Forced displacement is increasingly an urban crisis that needs an integrated humanitarian and development approach in towns and cities hosting displaced populations to better serve all residents and ensure sustainable urban growth, says a new World Bank report released today at the World Urban Forum.

09 Feb 2018 description


  • GoT launches Operation Olive Branch on January 20, resulting in at least 67 civilian deaths

  • Intensified military operations in Eastern Ghouta result in at more than 200 civilian deaths since February 5

  • State/PRM partners reach 950,000 people with critical winterization assistance

  • USAID Administrator Mark Green travels to Ar Raqqah to observe humanitarian conditions and meet with USAID


09 Feb 2018 description

to assist
68 700 people

FAO requires
USD 13.8 million

January – December 2018

In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, thousands of Palestinians continue to be affected by the protracted crisis, repeated shocks, restrictions on movement of goods and people, limited productive capacities and lack of economic opportunities. These have eroded the resilience of vulnerable families and their capacity to cope.