Tuesday, 25 September 2018, Jerusalem - As the situation on the ground in Gaza is on the brink of collapse, a United Nations report has called for urgent steps to prevent violent confrontation in Gaza, support for the return of the legitimate Palestinian Government and humanitarian assistance. This includes easing of Israeli movement and access restrictions, de-escalating tensions and urgent humanitarian and economic interventions to address Gaza's failing basic services and devastated economy.
The past six months have witnessed a further deterioration of the overall humanitarian and economic situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This has been felt most acutely in the Gaza Strip where on both counts, it has reached crisis proportions with unemployment over 53%, a breakdown in service delivery and violence and tensions increasing with the highest number of casualties since 2014.
Tuesday 25 September 2018, Jerusalem - The Italian Government has generously granted 500,000 Euros to continue supporting and empowering Young Palestinians to have access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights (SRHR).
- US$ 2.3 m cash-based transfers made
- US$ 16.7 m six months September 2018 - February 2019) net funding requirements, representing 7% of total
- 277,155 people assisted in August 2018
- 91 mt of food assistance distributed
- US$1.84 m cash-based transfers made
- US$28.5 m six months (September 2018 – February 2019) net funding requirements
- 139,757 people assisted in August 2018
Every year, UNICEF and its partners in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) generate a wealth of knowledge in the region and evidence of the results from programmatic interventions. The purpose is to inform national dialogues around the design and implementation of child-friendly policies and to improve interventions, thus contributing towards full implementation of the rights of all children across the MENA region.
September 23rd, 2018 ― Doha: In a big ceremony in the Gaza Strip, the new Department of Cardiology at the Nasser Medical Complex was reopened, following a renovation project funded by Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS).
The ceremony was attended by government officials, decision-makers, representatives of QRCS's representation office in Gaza, and media reporters.
One Palestinian protester was killed and about 286 persons were injured by the Israeli military during the Great Return March demonstrations on Friday, 21 September 2018 in the Gaza Strip. Among those injured were 53 children, two women, and one paramedic. 85 of the injured were shot with live fire, including 37 children and women.
An oPt Humanitarian Fund success story
8358TH MEETING (PM)
Delegates Alarmed by Planned Eviction of Bedouin Village, Urge Reversal of Sharp Funding Cuts to Palestine Refugee Agency
Warning that current trends are jeopardizing the possibility of a two-State solution for Israelis and Palestinians, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council today that the international community must step in to change this grave trajectory.
Ramallah, 20 September 2018 – In a concerted effort to advance the rule of law across the State of Palestine, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the Palestinian government, launched the Sawasya II joint programme.
Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians continue to join the Great Return March demonstrations in the Gaza Strip to demand the lifting of the 11-year closure and blockade. Since the demonstrations began on 30 March 2018, protesters have been met with live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated bullets by Israeli forces, while the international community has failed to provide effective protection. A series of new protests within the Great Return March have started to take place outside of the ongoing Friday demonstrations.
The report highlights the constrains to labor market entry in the face of Palestinian women, and provides recommendations going forward. The report, co-funded by the World Bank and Norway Representative Office to the Palestinian Territories, recognizes the protracted period of slow economic growth amid years of political instability and restrictions on access and mobility. However, the report makes a set of recommendations that can be implemented to improve employment and earning outcomes for skilled women.
The deaths of six Palestinians within just 24 hours is a horrific demonstration of the unnecessary or excessive force deployed by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Amnesty International said today.
Iraqi Kurdistan and adjacent Kurdish regions were the site of increased activity last week as both Iran and Turkey continued to attack alleged enclaves of Kurdish rebels in the governorates of Erbil and Dahuk. In both Iraq and Iran, demonstrations were held by Kurds against these and other actions. Meanwhile, unrelated demonstrations continued throughout the Middle East, most noticeably in northwest Syria, where locals fear an upcoming regime offensive. In Yemen, fighting continues in several areas following the collapse of the Geneva talks earlier in the month.
The present report is the fifty-fifth submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of resolution 2258 (2015), paragraph 5 of resolution 2332 (2016), paragraph 6 of resolution 2393 (2017) and paragraph 12 of resolution 2401 (2018), in which the Council requested the SecretaryGeneral to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Thousands of people are fleeing the anglophone regions by bus, fearing escalating violence ahead of the 7 October election. Local authorities are tightening border controls while secessionists try to block access to/from the region.
The anglophone crisis continues to raise protection concerns, as secessionists and armed forces increasingly target civilians, with 400 civilian fatalities recorded in the past year alone.
17 September 2018
On 17 September, Kasih Foods, one of the largest food production companies in the Middle East, announced its intention to make a significant donation to UNRWA’s “Dignity is Priceless” campaign in support of Palestine refugees following the US decision to discontinue funding the agency.
“As a father, I knew we had to get involved to help protect education for Palestine refugee children,” said Mr. Khaled Kasih, General Manager of the Kasih Food Production Company.
Gaza/Madrid, 17 de septiembre de 2018.- Las delegaciones internacionales de Médicos del Mundo que trabajan en Palestina están preocupadas por la falta de soluciones sostenibles que respondieron al último llamamiento internacional para que los fondos de emergencia cubran las necesidades críticas de combustible del sector de la salud en Gaza.