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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot, 25 February - 4 March 2013


Clashes and violence escalated during the past week in Bangladesh, following the sentencing to death of a senior Islamist leader, marking the bloodiest bout of violence since the country’s independence four decades ago.

Continuous rains have caused floods in Agusan del Sur in the Province of Pampanga in the Philippines. Some 49,073 persons were affected as of 27 February.

In Syria, the Government renewed its campaign to suppress the insurgency around the capital, leading to heavy clashes. Intense fighting was also reported in Aleppo and north-eastern Syria. The number of Syrian refugees continued to rise, amounting to a total of 958,098 as of 28 February.

Intense fighting persisted over the last week in the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains in northern Mali, where rebels have regrouped. Meanwhile, rebels continue to undertake reprisal and guerilla attacks in liberated towns of northern Mali, in particular Gao and Kidal.

In Central African Republic, an armed faction of the Seleka rebel coalition attacked the northern town of Sido in an apparent breach of the recent peace accord. The security situation is worrying and 1,100,000 people are estimated to be affected by the current crisis in the Seleka-controlled areas.

Clashes between FARDC and the APCLS rebel group escalated on February 27 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving at least 36 people dead and forcing 3,000-4,000 people to take refuge. Meanwhile, dissension within the rebel group M23 triggered heavy clashes in the Rutshuru Territory.

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