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22 May 2018 description
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I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to the request contained in the statement by the President of the Security Council of 25 November 2015 (S/PRST/2015/23). It also responds to the Council’s request, in its resolution 2286 (2016), for reporting on the protection of medical care in armed conflict.

22 May 2018 description

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 22 May 2018 Subject: (1) Algeria and (2) Libya

(1) Algeria

We call on the Government of Algeria to cease the collective expulsions of migrants, particularly from sub-Saharan African countries. While exact figures are difficult to obtain, the number of people expelled is believed to run into many thousands.

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GENEVA/TUNIS (22 May 2018) – Violence in Libya continues to have a devastating impact on health care in the country, with hospitals and other medical facilities bombed, shelled and looted; medical personnel targeted, attacked and even taken hostage or arbitrarily detained; and patients at times denied prompt life-saving care or attacked while getting treatment, according to a paper published today by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

22 May 2018 description
report Voice of America

Afghan officials say unidentified insurgents have killed five mine disposal technicians and kidnapped one of the workers.

The attack happened Monday morning is southern Kandahar province.

A spokesman for the provincial police chief said the deminers were clearing an area for the multi-billion dollar TAPI pipeline project.

Earlier this year, the Taliban promised to cooperate with the project because of its importance for the country and has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

21 May 2018 description


• Despite ongoing conflict, humanitarian access to parts of Al-Wazi’iyah and Mawza districts in Taizz Governorate has improved, including from Aden and Al-Turbah City.

• Hundreds of families have fled military operations in Altuhayat District, Al Hudaydah Governorate, with an estimated 705 arriving in Zabid and Al-Garrahi districts.

• Heavy rains affected several governorates in the southern coastal areas as Cyclone Sagar passed the Gulf of Aden, but minimal damage was reported.

21 May 2018 description


In 2017, there were at least 701 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients, and ambulances in 23 countries in conflict around the world. More than 101 health workers and 293 patients and others are reported to have died as a result of these attacks

20 May 2018 description

Déclaration du président du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge, Peter Maurer, à l'issue d'une visite de cinq jours en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), au cours de laquelle il a rencontré le président Joseph Kabila et s'est entretenu avec des habitants de régions récemment frappées par des flambées de violence, où le CICR mène des activités.

Nouvelles dynamiques de violence en République démocratique du Congo

19 May 2018 description

La situation humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) a été caractérisée au cours de la semaine écoulée par une recrudescence de la violence envers les humanitaires. Ce regain est préoccupant en ce qu’il oblige certains acteurs à suspendre leurs activités destinées à sauver des vies et à alléger les souffrances.

18 May 2018 description

UOSSM is deeply concerned about the violence in Gaza since March 30, where over 100 civilians have been killed and over 3,500 were wounded by live ammunition. In the past week, one paramedic was killed and Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian-Palestinian doctor, was among the 18 medics wounded on Monday, May 14.

According to an interview with Dr. Loubani, the medics were clearly marked in high visibility attire. Dr. Loubani said, "he was wearing a high visibility reflective jacket and yet he was shot. And his colleagues who were all highly marked were being targeted ."

18 May 2018 description

Du 01 janvier au 31 mars, 49 contraintes d’accès ont été répertoriées au Mali. Tombouctou a enregistré le plus grand pourcentage a été enregistré dans la région de Tombouctou avec 38% suivie par Kidal 19%, Mopti 15% et Ménaka 6%. Au total 92 % de ces incidents sont attribués aux violences contre le personnel, les biens et les infrastructures humanitaires, tandis que 8 % sont imputables aux interférences ou restrictions sur la liberté de mouvement. Les incidents enregistrés durant le premier trimestre de 2018 représentent presque la moitié des incidents de toute l’année 2017.

18 May 2018 description


  • 4.3 million food insecure people from June.

  • The number of children at risk of acute malnutrition is revised upwards.

  • New displacements of people inside and outside the country.

  • More than 70 security incidents affecting humanitarians registered since the beginning of the year.

  • The humanitarian appeal funded only at 17 per cent in a context where humanitarian needs have increased.

18 May 2018 description

A statement from International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer at the conclusion of a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, during which he met with President Joseph Kabila and spoke with community members at ICRC field activity sites affected by recent violence:

New dynamics of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

17 May 2018 description

Bangui, 17 May 2018 – Over the past two weeks, the civilian population has paid the price of the resurgence of violence in various prefectures. Humanitarian actors have not been spared either. On 15 May, an exchange of fire between an armed group and national security forces in Bambari,
Ouaka Prefecture led to looting of the premises of four NGOs whose staff was physically assaulted.

17 May 2018 description

Bangui, le 17 mai 2018 – La population civile a payé au cours des deux dernières semaines le prix de la résurgence de la violence dans plusieurs préfectures. Les acteurs humanitaires n’ont pas été épargnés non plus. Une altercation entre un groupe armé et les Forces de sécurité intérieures à Bambari, dans la préfecture de la Ouaka, a conduit le 15 mai au pillage de bases de quatre ONG dont le personnel a été malmené.

17 May 2018 description

Since petition filed, Israeli troops have continued to kill Palestinians with live ammunition, including 59 people – seven of whom were children – on 14 May alone.

16 May 2018 description

(Juba, 16 May 2018): UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, concluded his two-day mission to South Sudan today, calling for all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country.

During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock met with Government officials, members of SPLA-in Opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. He also visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Yei Town and Mundu. The latter is an SPLA-IO controlled area.

16 May 2018 description

Health attacks

19 Health personnel: 1 killed, 16 by tear gas inhalation, 1 by bullets and 1 by direct hit with tear gas canister

7 Ambulances: (2 MoH and 5 PRCS) were partially damaged due to targeting by tear gas canisters


  • The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) transferred 1,098 cases to hospitals

  • UNICEF isreleasing 10 drug items,1 disposable item and 300 FirstAid Kits

16 May 2018 description

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Diep Saeeda received the first suspicious messages not long after she began campaigning for the release of activist Raza Khan, a victim of enforced disappearance.

The attackers approached Diep, a human rights activist in Pakistan, shortly after Raza “disappeared” on 2 December 2017.