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Middle East & North Africa: Civil Unrest Emergency appeal n° MDR82001 Operations update n° 4

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Period covered by this Ops Update: 25 March - 3 April 2011

Revised Emergency Appeal target: CHF 12,269,102; the multilateral element of the appeal is for CHF 11,591,972. Appeal coverage: 25% Note: This is a provisional figure; contributions are being recorded. The cash support made for this operation is limited and donors are encouraged to increase cash contribution.

Appeal history:

· The Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 1 March 2011 for CHF 4,400,000 for six months to assist some 100,000 potential beneficiaries.

· The total of CHF 59,374 was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation.

· On 24 March, IFRC issued a Revised Emergency Appeal for CHF 12,269,102 (CHF 11,591,972 multilateral) to assist 150,000 beneficiaries in the region until December 2011.

Summary and key messages:

· Conflict between government and opposition forces persists in Libya. Demonstrations and protests also continue in the region.

· As of 3 April, the International Organization of Migration (IOM) states that more than 430,000 individuals have fled Libya to Egypt, Tunisia, Niger, Algeria, Chad and Sudan. Of these, more than 217,000 individuals (50%) have arrived in Tunisia. To assist with this influx, the majority of the IFRC activities are ongoing in Tunisia.

· The Tunisian Red Crescent Society (TRCS), IFRC Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), four Emergency Response Units (ERU), Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) continue to carry activities near the Tunisia-Libya border to provide a variety of services to those in need of assistance.

· The Tunisian population's response to this situation continues to be extremely generous. Local communities have donated thousands of blankets, mattresses; clothes baby items and food items, which the TRCS volunteers are committed to organizing and distributing daily.

· TRCS volunteers have been delivering an average of 7,000 hot meals each day at Shousha transit camp and are now scaling down in preparation of serving meals in the near future in the TRCS/IFRC Transit Camp. They have also been distributing critical items such as blankets, soap and the donated items to an average of 2,000 people each day. IFRC also worked with TRCS to build 260 latrines in Shousha camp and disseminate hygiene promotion messaging. TRCS continues to offer basic first aid in the camp and at the border.

· TRCS and IFRC are working vigorously to set up the infrastructure and develop processes to open a camp to serve an initial 2,000 individuals in transit, with the capacity to reach up to 5,000 people if needed. The camp currently has tents, water and sanitation services, kitchens, and a health clinic to assist individuals and families in transit until they obtain transport assist to return home. All individuals will receive essential non-food items shortly after their arrival. The camp will open on 6 April.

· Also, IFRC has established a base camp to originally house and feed 100 TRCS volunteers and international delegates. The camp is up and running and has recently expanded to increase capacity for 190 staff and volunteers for accommodation and meals, as well as office space during the day.

· While the IFRC is appreciative of the ongoing support to this operation, partners are urged to avoid uncoordinated bilateral action and emphasize the need to work within the appeal's operational objectives.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Tunisia: Dr. Tahar Cheniti, Secretary General, Tunisian Red Crescent; phone: + 216 71 320 630 fax: +216 71 320 151; email: hilal.ahmar@planet.tn

In Egypt: Pr. Mamdouh Gabr, Secretary General, Egyptian Red Crescent; phone: + 20226703979; fax: +20226703967; email: erc@egyptianrc.org

In Tunisia : Gerard Lautredou, Regional Representative, Regional Representation for North Africa; phone: + 216 71 862 485; fax: + 216 71 862 971; email: gerard.lautredou@ifrc.org

In Jordan : Dr. Manhal Annaz, Acting head of programme services/operation, MENA Zone office ; phone: +962 6 5694911 Ext: 4132 ; Fax: +962 6 5694556; email: Manhal.Annaz@ifrc.org

In Jordan : Dr.Hosam Faysal , disaster management coordinator , MENA Zone office ; phone: +962 65694911 Ext: 4113 ; Fax: +962 6 5694556; email: hosam.faysal@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Pablo Medina, Operation Coordinator Disaster Services Department ; phone :+41 22 730 EXT:4381; fax: +41 22 730 0395; email: pablo.medina@ifrc.org