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22 Jun 2018 description

Following international condemnation of Israel’s use of force against demonstrators (for more on this, see this past ACLED piece), Israeli forces have begun to use strategic airstrikes on Hamas infrastructure as a means of pressuring the group to better control border demonstrations in the Gaza Strip. This non-lethal use of airstrikes contrasts with historical data, which shows past Israeli airstrikes as being particularly deadly.

22 Jun 2018 description

Roula is 16 years-old and from Yarmouk, the now largely destroyed Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus. Just as she was preparing for her 9th grade exams, intense fighting broke out in the camp, destroying her home. This is not the biggest challenge she has come to face. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) took over Yarmouk camp in 2014 and imposed strict limits on education, banning books and even beheading teachers who refused to comply.

22 Jun 2018 description

By: Ra’ed al Nims

Ahmad Yihya Awad (28) carries out voluntary work for Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. Since the beginning of peaceful protests known as the March of Return a few months ago, Ahmad has been evacuating and assisting Palestinian casualties along Gaza’s eastern borders alongside other PRCS’ volunteers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). What Ahmad sees in the line of duty causes him great distress, as well as mixed feeling of sadness, fear, satisfaction and happiness.

21 Jun 2018 description

Morocco's Immigration and Asylum Strategy enabled refugees to recover their dignity and contribute to wealth creation, said, Wednesday in Rabat, UNHCR representative in Morocco Jean-Paul Cavaliéri.

Over 5,000 people from thirty countries, as Syria, Yemen, Congo, Iraq and Palestine, took refuge in Morocco and benefited from free movement accross the country, said Cavaliéri at a press briefing on the World Refugee Day.

21 Jun 2018 description

Latest Developments

The night between 19 and 20 June witnessed an escalation in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian rocket fire at southern Israel, which ended without casualties. In a report submitted to the Security Council on 14 June, the UN Secretary General warned that the situation in Gaza is “close to the brink of war”.

Biweekly highlights

21 Jun 2018 description

At 11am on Monday, 18 June 2018, a group of ex-detainees and ex-prisoners were assaulted by individuals in plain clothes, reportedly from local security forces, while at a protest in Al Saraya, Gaza City. The protesters had assembled peacefully to demand an end to the internal Palestinian political division and the punitive measures implemented by the Palestinian Authority on the Gaza Strip.

21 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA (21 June 2018) - UN human rights experts have backed calls for a large-scale international response to the overwhelming health care needs of people living in Gaza.

They also remind Israel, as the occupying power, of its obligation to protect the population of Gaza, ensure its welfare and wellbeing, and to allow and facilitate access to health care to people in need.

21 Jun 2018 description

Palestinian water Authority
Water Resources Directorate

Gaza Strip had a population of 1.899 million people living on 365km area The total water supply for domestic use in the Gaza Strip is about 96,308 mcm in 2017as follows:

  • 78.791 mcm from 273 municipal water wells.

  • 2,911 mcm from nine UNRWA wells.

  • 10,566 mcm from Mekorot.

  • 4,039 mcm from desalination plants (Brackish and Seawater).

21 Jun 2018 description

In the Gaza Strip the coastal aquifer, recharged mainly by rainfall, is the only and most precious water source for more than 2 million people.

Since 2000, due to the high demand, the quantity of extracted groundwater is exceeding the aquifer recharge rate, resulting on a continuous falling in the groundwater level. According to the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), more than 200 million cubic meters were extracted from the aquifer during 2017, three times more than the aquifer can afford, for domestic and agricultural purposes, leading to a severe deterioration of aquifer.

20 Jun 2018 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 20 June 2018

Today, on World Refugee Day, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis has approved new projects to support refugees and local communities in Lebanon and Jordan.

The new projects include the public schooling of refugee children in Lebanon and social assistance for vulnerable refugees and local communities affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon and Jordan. The new aid package brings the overall value of projects under the Trust Fund to over €1.4 billion.

20 Jun 2018 description

As we mark World Refugee Day 2018 on June 20, governments confront humanitarian challenges of enormous proportion, with more than 68 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) around the world. The U.S. government has long played a key role in helping meet the needs of refugees and IDPs. Thus, it is appropriate and important that Refugees International (RI) evaluates and offers a report card on the Trump administration’s progress on refugee and humanitarian protection.

20 Jun 2018 description
report ACTED

The 20th of June marks World Refugee Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about the realities lived by refugees around the world and to honour the strength, resilience, courage and perseverance of the millions of people who were forced to flee war, persecution and violence in their country of origin, leaving everything behind. On World Refugee Day, let’s meet the refugees seeking to rebuild their livelihoods in Turkey.

20 Jun 2018 description

Unrest continued in Palestine and Israel last week, with both Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashing with police, while Israeli airstrikes on Gaza changed their focus to targeting groups flying incendiary kites over the border. In Turkey, attacks on Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) members and offices also continued, brought on by the upcoming federal election on June 24.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and violence as well as protests and other events affecting the delivery of and access to healthcare. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Middle-East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories

20 Jun 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Use the expertise of faith groups to support refugees, says new report

With over 65.6 million people being displaced the current level of resources to assist and protect refugees are simply not enough. This World Refugee Day, we urge national governments to take meaningful actions to resettle a larger numbers of refugees, and collaborate with faith groups in welcoming them to their country. With ever increasing numbers the rights and dignity of refugees are at greater risk.

20 Jun 2018 description

Highlights

  • Demolitions halted during the second half of May due to the month of Ramadan.

  • 12 Donor-funded structures demolished/seized, and six other structures placed at risk.

  • Bedouin community in Area C at imminent risk of demolition and forcible transfer following final ruling by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Overview

20 Jun 2018 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Picha Project is a social enterprise that provides refugees living in Kuala Lumpur an opportunity to earn income by cooking and catering traditional food for events; they are especially busy at festive times like Ramadan.

19 Jun 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13387

SECURITY COUNCIL
8289TH MEETING (AM)

Given the iconic nature of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the interconnected nature of disputes throughout the region, creating the conditions for the parties to return to meaningful bilateral negotiations remained critical, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council today.