Index: MDE 21/8656/2018 2
The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Hamas de facto administration in the Gaza Strip have launched brutal crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators over the last two weeks. Amnesty International strongly condemns the violent actions of the security forces calls on both authorities to take immediate and effective steps to rein in the security forces, uphold the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, and bring to justice those responsible for arbitrary or abusive force.
An escalation in military activity has led to the displacement of almost 6,000 registered IDPs, most of whom have been displaced from North East Dar’a Governorate to other opposition held areas. The number of IDPs is likely to be higher with unconfirmed reports currently being verified through IDP registration.
Outlook for June to December 2018
Frequent and recurrent protests across the country in recent years indicate an already high level of political tension that is likely to grow in the lead-up to presidential elections on 23 December.
Since the beginning of 2015, over 700 protests across the country resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties, and the likelihood of further political violence is high.
The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was revised to include response to the drought and now calls for $547 million.
In May, flash floods and flooding affected more than 46,000 people across the country.
In provinces like Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul or Uruzgan up to 85 per cent of all girls are not going to school.
In 2018, more than 320,000 Afghan citizens have returned from Iran, many of them deported by authorities.
Three years into a full-blown armed conflict that has left more than 6,000 civilians killed, 10,000 injured and more than 2 million displaced, Yemen is enduring one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises, with an estimated 75% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance.
This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. 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.
Security incidents and access constraints
- Par sa résolution 2387 (2017), le Conseil de sécurité a prorogé le mandat de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) jusqu’au 15 novembre 2018 et m’a prié de lui rendre compte de l’exécution de ce mandat le 15 février 2018, puis tous les quatre mois. Le présent rapport est soumis en application de cette résolution.
II. Situation politique
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2018
A UOSSM midwife, Maysoun Harbat, and her daughter were killed on June 21 at 5:00 p.m. Damascus time as a result of heavy shelling in Al-Harak in the Daraa country side. Harbat's other daughter survived the attack but has sustained serious injuries. The attacks coincide with a dramatic escalation of violence in Daraa over the past two days which has resulted in at least five civilian deaths today, numerous injuries and medical staff scrambling to deal with the influx of patients.
The international community has developed a wide array of policies, frameworks, and structures to help respond to health needs in conflict-affected settings, but the international health response still faces gaps and challenges. On June 7th and 8th, 2018, IPI and the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute took up this subject in a retreat in Geneva on “Doctors in War Zones: International Policy and Health Care in Armed Conflict.”
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
Key updates, May 2018
Due to the upcoming elections, 5 health facilities are used as polling centres, which will negatively affect the provision of services.
In May, 10 attacks on health care were reported. These included closure of 6 health facilities, 3 incidents of looting of equipment and supplies, one health worker killed and one more detained by AGEs.
Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought that affects the northern region. Up to 2.2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.
Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 46/182 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui faire rapport chaque année, ainsi qu’au Conseil économique et social, sur la question de la coordination de l’aide humanitaire d’urgence. Il fait également suite à la résolution 72/133 de l’Assemblée et à la résolution 2017/14 du Conseil. Le présent rapport porte sur la période allant du 1er janvier au 31 décembre 2017.
During the month of May 2018, 11,466 persons from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and other countries, arrived in Uganda—the majority from South Sudan.
Refugees from South Sudan report fleeing primarily out of fear of being killed by fighters from either side of the conflict inside the country, while those from DRC report violence related to the upcoming elections as main reason for departure.
The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 72/133 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2017/14. The period covered by the report is 1 January to 31 December 2017.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2018 SESSION, 36TH MEETING (PM)
At a time when the global humanitarian response system was struggling to meet an unprecedented demand in aid for millions of people displaced by natural disasters and conflict, new approaches and stronger partnerships were key to overcome urgent challenges, the Economic and Social Council heard today at the opening of its humanitarian affairs segment.
LE CHEF DES SECOURS DE L'ONU DEMANDE PLUS D'AIDE POUR LE SAHEL
ATTACK HALTS AID OPERATIONS
Key issues in the past week:
Since January, more than 130,000 people have been displaced by conflict across the country.
36 patients with Crimean–Congo Haemorrhagic Fever have been hospitalised in Hirat City.
In Nuristan, armed men set fire to a hospital and detained medical staff for one night.
In Daychopan, Zabul, all three health facilities remained closed for the third week in a row.
Countrywide conflict displacement
In May 2018, the impact of humanitarian access challenges on aid operations was substantial, with three aid workers killed, 19 others detained, and incidents involving looting of humanitarian assets, as well as interference in operations in multiple locations across the country. Fifty-eight incidents were reported compared with 80 in April.