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Brussels, 28 February 2007 - European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Karen Koning Abu Zayd, have signed today in Ramallah (West Bank) a joint declaration on Community support to UNRWA for 2007-2010. The Community contribution to the UNRWA General Fund is expected to be €264 million over the next four years, which represents a 7% increase in comparison with the previous period.
The path to a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been filled with obstacles, frustration and tragedy.
That's what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in an opening statement to the UN Palestinian rights committee. But he says the international community is now at a critical juncture in efforts to move beyond crisis management, and renew efforts towards genuine conflict resolution.
This study was undertaken for Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit's (AREU) under the auspices of the EC-funded project "Applied Thematic Research into Water Management, Livestock and the Opium Economy" (WOL). The principal objective of the WOL project is to enhance the sustainability of Afghan rural livelihoods by providing policy makers with clear and accurate information on the use, management and role of natural resources within the rural economy, with a specific focus on water, opium and livestock.
Overview- Key Issues
The number of Palestinian structures demolished in the West Bank by the Israeli authorities rose significantly in February 2007. A total of 53 structures including 22 Palestinian homes and other shelters were demolished, predominately in the southern West Bank. This compared to 18 demolitions in the previous month and a monthly average of 17 throughout 2006. These demolitions displaced more than 158 people including at least 94 children.
Coping with Crisis
IDF incursion into Nablus
At approximately 02:30 on 28 February, a large force of IDF soldiers and Israeli Border Police re-entered Nablus. This latest incursion marks the continuation of Operation "Hot Winter", the largest military incursion in three years in Nablus city.
Since re-entering Nablus in the early hours of this morning, as was the case with the first incursion, the IDF has placed the Old City and its surroundings under curfew.
Israeli occupation forces parctices ( opening fire, verbal and physical abuse, detention, delay and denial of access) against the PRCS emergency medical teams and ambulances continued to violate the basic princilples of the International Humanitarian Law.
During the month of February 2007, three attackes on PRCS emergency medical teams and ambulances have been reported in Jerusalem, Qalandiya and Bilin viallge . In total three emergency medical technicians were injured, and two ambulances recieved damage.
In September 2005, Israel completed its unilateral 'disengagement' plan; it evacuated the Israeli settlements that had been built - in violation of international law - during the almost 40 years of occupation, and withdrew the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from within the Gaza Strip.
Also Calls for Right Mix of Flexibility, Firmness in Addressing ‘Enormous’ Challenges
Committee on the Inalienable Rights
of the Palestinian People
299th Meeting (PM)
Opening its first meeting of 2007 this afternoon, United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People to profit from the political opportunities at hand and work to find a just and lasting peace in the Middle East with creativity, persistence and the right mix of flexibility and firmness.
Item 33 of the preliminary list*
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for
In the face of "enormous" challenges - such as Israeli military operations and Palestinian suicide attacks targeting Israeli civilians - the Middle East peace process must persevere in order for Israelis and Palestinians to exist peacefully as neighbours, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
"Today, we are at a critical juncture in efforts to move beyond crisis management, and renew efforts toward genuine conflict resolution," Mr.
February 27, 2007 - Gaza - "Children need to have fun to change their mental outlooks when the daily life is full of bad news in the Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza.
La situación nutricional de la población ha empeorado notablemente en la franja desde el comienzo de la Segunda Intifada
Madrid, 27 de febrero de 2007
Un estudio reciente de Acción contra el Hambre pone de manifiesto las consecuencias humanitarias del recrudecimiento del conflicto en la franja: en la zona de Rafah, cercana a la frontera con Egipto el 70% de lo menores de dos años tienen anemia (en 2004 eran sólo el 46,5%) y al menos el 22% carecen de otros micronutrientes, lo que impedirá un desarrollo sano de la población en esta zona. El 9,2% de los niños padecen de bajo peso.
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DRC delivers hope in Southern Lebanon
Majdel Zoun, a village in the Tyre region of Southern Lebanon, was damaged extensively in the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict and is home to DRC beneficiary, Sharifa.
Until last summer Sharifa, 70 and blind lived at home independently and operated a local grocery store. Both Sharifa's house and store were destroyed in the July 2006 conflict. Sharifa found herself in a situation alike of thousands of other Lebanese - as an Internally Displaced Person (IDP).
Fortunately, Sharifa was able to remain in Majdel Zoun.
Amman- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has appealed for US$ 26 million to improve the living conditions of some 18,000 Palestine refugees living in Neirab camp near Aleppo, Syria.
Launching the appeal in Amman this morning at a regular meeting of UNRWA's Advisory Commission, Commissioner-General Karen Koning AbuZayd said: "The Neirab project represents a prototype that will empower Palestinians to secure their livelihoods, meet their needs and address their concerns".
Neirab camp originally housed World War II …
Amman, 27 February 2007
Your Excellencies, Members of the Advisory Commission, Colleagues and Friends,
A year ago on 27 February we held the first meeting of the "revitalized and expanded" Advisory Commission. As I have remarked previously, I continue to be gratified to see how rapidly this Commission has progressed over such a short period of time.
Israel's Supreme Court must weigh the country's security concerns against Palestinians' commercial livelihood.
By Joshua Mitnick | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
TEL AVIV - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week held up improvements in Gaza's only commercial link to the outside world as evidence of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations.
But Sunday the Karni crossing at the Israel-Gaza border became the focus of a dispute in Israel's Supreme Court between human rights groups and the government.