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13 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

• Syrian government forces and Iranian-backed militias have completely retaken the city of Deir al-Zour.

• The regime forces targeted Talbiseh and warplanes raid on the countryside of Hama leaving casualties and wounded.

13 Dec 2017 description

Over 2.2 million people have fled the violence of Boko Haram in North East Nigeria. Suicide bombings and armed violence are regular occurrences. Psychiatrist Marjolein van Duijl supported us to train international aid workers who are working with Internally Displaced Persons in the area. Currently Clinical Director at the Centre for Transcultural Psychiatry Veldzicht in the Netherlands she reflects on her experiences.

13 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

• US-led Coalition’s air force killed civilians and some paramedics in Tal Ash-Shayer area of Al-Duaiji village in rural Deir Ez-Zor, on the Syrian-Iraqi border.

• Russian and US Presidents affirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity; stressing that political settlement of the crisis would take place within framework of the Geneva process - in a joint statement issued on sidelines of the APEC summit in Vietnam.

13 Dec 2017 description

IOM conducted flow monitoring at various cross border points, transit areas, PoCs, and IDP Collective sites across South Sudan. Flow monitoring captures the movement dynamics of the displaced population in the country. 1,967 individuals were recorded transiting through the three Flow Monitoring points in Juba City (Gumbo Park, Customs Park & Juba Port), while 932 individuals were recorded transiting through the Flow Monitoring point in Old Fangak Port and 584 were recorded transiting in and out of the PoC in Abyei Amiet Park.

13 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • SAA (Syrian Army) liberated Albukamal from ISIS, and villages of Harran and Hardana in rural Hama.

  • Syrian Kurdish leaders voiced support on 15 November for a longer-term role for U.S. forces in Syria once Islamic State is defeated.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who flew to Russia for a working visit.

13 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on 03 December it had fully captured Deir al-Zor’s eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.-led coalition and Russia.

  • Miqdad, meeting the National Committee of Syrian expatriates in the Netherlands: Unity of Syrian land and people is an indisputable principle.

13 Dec 2017 description

(Juba, 13 December 2017): The humanitarian community in South Sudan has today launched an appeal for US$1.72 billion to provide critical and life-saving assistance to 6 million people affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a deteriorating economy.

“There is growing need for humanitarian assistance with displacement, food insecurity, malnutrition, violence and economic decline taking a toll on the health, safety and livelihoods of people in need,” said Alain Noudéhou, the Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan.

13 Dec 2017 description

General developments & political & security situation

  • Daily shelling continued to be reported on several areas in East Ghouta, including Duma, Jobar, Zamalka, Ain Tarma, Saqba, Nashabieh, Beit Sawa, Hazzeh, Mistraba and Beit Naiem.

13 Dec 2017 description

Dundo - At least 21.116 citizens from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are based in Angola’s eastern Lunda Norte province as refugees.

The data were released Tuesday by the acting provincial director of Migration and Foreigner Service (SME), Pedro Mulua.

Angop learnt that the group comprises 5,342 men and 5,788 women, accompanied by their 9,986 children.

The source also quoted other 33 unaccompanied children, as joining the group.

Political and military instability in DRC forced roughly 31,241 people seeking refuge in Angola, from April to June 2017.

13 Dec 2017 description

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$500,000 contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society for urgent food assistance to Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for safety in Bangladesh.

The contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society will help WFP to provide food and nutrition assistance to more than 14,000 refugees in the Cox’s Bazar region. Families will be provided with a nutritious food ration of rice, lentils and vegetable oil for a period of three months.

13 Dec 2017 description

This report is for the media and the general public.

SUMMARY

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKIY, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs compared to the previous week.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 22 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

13 Dec 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationCristiano D'Orsi: Research Fellow and Lecturer at the South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL), University of Johannesburg

13 Dec 2017 description

12 December 2017, Tunis - In continuation to the efforts aiming to enhance the capacities of health personnel and improve access to medical supplies in Libya, the EU-funded WHO project “Strengthening Health Information System and Medical Supply Chain Management (SHAMS)” is currently conducting an introductory training workshop on "Pharmaceutical Inventory Management".

13 Dec 2017 description

The organisation of elections cannot be considered a lasting solution to the country’s crisis.

The conclusions of this weekend’s 52nd Ordinary Summit of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will be decisive in resolving the political deadlock in Guinea-Bissau.

13 Dec 2017 description

The ICRC in Tajikistan and the Committee for Religious Affairs jointly organized a two-day workshop on the role of religious leaders in emergencies on from 11 to 12 October 2017.

Due to its geographical location, Tajikistan is highly prone to natural disasters, with over 100 incidents occurring every year. The workshop was organized to raise awareness of disaster preparedness for the potential community participants in relief efforts, and to consider them in the analysis, preparedness and response.

13 Dec 2017 description

Zambia declared a cholera outbreak on 6th October, 2017 after two laboratory confirmed cases were recorded from Mazyopa area in Chipata sub-district in Lusaka district. The outbreak has since spread to other sub-districts within Lusaka and to Chongwe and Shibuyunji districts in Lusaka province including the Copperbelt and Central provinces. The outbreak is affecting people of different age groups including children under the age of five with more than 650 cases and 20 deaths recorded.