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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

20 Jun 2018 description


  • 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.


19 Jun 2018 description

‘Trends in humanitarian funding: where are we now and what lies ahead’ at the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment

Conference Room 12, United Nations, New York, 08:30 a.m. 19 June 2018

As delivered

Excellencies, distinguished guests,

Having heard from Development Initiatives about funding trends through 2017, I am pleased to present the mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview Status Report.

19 Jun 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight



25 May 2018: In Kakuma town, Turkana county, an inter-clan fight at Kakuma refugee camp resulted in the death of a tribal chief and another person. Source: Radio Tamazuj


17 May 2018: In Dikwa town, Borno state, a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated his explosives at an open-air mosque in an internally displaced people (IDP) camp, killing at least four people and injuring 15 more. Source: Punch


12 Jun 2018 description

The Gaza Strip faces an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, impacting the livelihoods and provision of essential services to Gaza’s two million residents. This crisis has been driven by over 11 years of an Israeli blockade and an unsolved internal Palestinian divide, exacerbated since 30 March 2018 by the massive increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations taking place near Israel’s perimeter fence.

11 Jun 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Conflict, poverty, distance to school, overcrowding & lack of teachers among the many challenges children face to complete their education

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AMMAN, 11 June 2018 – An estimated 8 million school children across the Middle East and North Africa are sitting their year-end school exams.

09 Jun 2018 description

Humanitarian crises are increasingly affecting urban areas either directly, through civil conflict, hazards such as flooding or earthquakes, urban violence or outbreaks of disease, or indirectly, through hosting people fleeing these threats. The humanitarian sector has been slow to understand how the challenges and opportunities of working in urban spaces necessitate changes in how they operate. For agencies used to working in rural contexts, the dynamism of the city, with its reliance on markets, complex systems and intricate logistics, can be a daunting challenge.

07 Jun 2018 description

Latest Developments

On 6 June, Israeli forces killed a 21-year-old Palestinian during clashes that erupted in the course of a search and arrest operation in An Nabi Saleh village (Ramallah).

Biweekly highlights

07 Jun 2018 description

Democratic Republic of the Congo tops neglected crises list

African countries top the Norwegian Refugee Council's annual list of neglected displacement crises for a third year in a row.

05 Jun 2018 description


● Over 13,000 Palestinians injured since the start of the Gaza demonstrations, exceeding the number of injuries during the 2014 hostilities, and further straining the already limited capacity of Gaza’s health system.

● The continuation of food assistance programmes targeting over 1.2 million poor Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the second half of 2018 is at risk due to severe funding shortfalls.

02 Jun 2018 description

ILO: Unemployment in the Occupied Palestinian Territory world’s highest

The ILO’s annual report on the situation of workers of the occupied Arab territories calls for dialogue and a joint search for solutions to bring about decent work.

01 Jun 2018 description

Global Overview MAY 2018

01 Jun 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has witnessed an enormous increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations taking place along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza. The demonstrations have occurred as part of the ‘Great March of Return’, a series of mass protests, expected to continue up to 5 June. The large number of casualties among unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators hit by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force by Israeli troops.

31 May 2018 description

Good morning,

Thank you for joining us for this press briefing.

My current visit took place in the aftermath of the weeks of protests and marches here in the Gaza Strip and the appalling impact of the events that followed.

Yesterday, I visited an UNRWA health center in Khan Younis, a partner rehabilitation center in Deir El-Balah and the Al-Shifa hospital. These were shocking and deeply disturbing visits.

Allow me to describe this is some detail, focusing on three main dimensions.

29 May 2018 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
8269th Meeting (AM)

Upon Request, Office Released $16 Million, Sought to Add Staff, He Says

The 2 million people in northern rural Homs, Douma and southern Damascus were among the most desperate in Syria, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told the Security Council today, adding that only six inter‑agency aid convoys had reached those areas this year.

27 May 2018 description

VIENNA, 27th May, 2018 (WAM) -- The OPEC Fund for International Development, OFID, has approved two emergency aid grants totaling US$1 million to help bolster relief efforts in the Gaza Strip and Syria. The grants will be channeled through the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), respectively.