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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Niger - Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

18 May 2021

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Tillabery Refugee Settlement, located some 50 miles from Niger’s capital of Niamey (2019). © OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 18 May 2021

Niger

OCHA says that more than 10,000 people have fled their homes in the western region of Tillabery in Niger since last Friday, 14 May. This follows violent attacks by non-State armed groups in Tillabery’s Anzourou district, near the border with Mali.

The registration of displaced people and the provision of food, education, water, sanitation and hygiene is ongoing.

In recent months, the regions of Tillabery and Tahoua, along the Mali and Burkina Faso border, have experienced escalating cross-border attacks from non-State armed groups, causing acute protections concerns, human rights violations and increased internal displacement.

In January, more than 100 people lost their lives and more than 10,000 others were forced to flee their homes following the deadliest attack by armed groups in Tillabery this year.

The number of internally displaced persons in Tillabery has nearly doubled over the past year and a half, from 57,000 people in December 2019 to 102,000 in May 2021.

Across Niger, 2.3 million people are likely to be severely food insecure during this year’s lean season because of insecurity, drought and floods.

Despite insecurity and funding challenges, humanitarian organizations in Niger have helped more than half of the more than 405,000 people targeted for assistance in Tillabery this year.

About 3.8 million people need humanitarian assistance in Niger. Aid agencies need US$523 million to help the most vulnerable 2.1 million among them. So far, just 7 per cent of the required funding is secured.

 

Occupied Palestinian territory and Israel

The UN acknowledges the opening of the Kerem Shalom crossing today, which has allowed dozens of fuel trucks from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to enter Gaza. Regrettably, other essential humanitarian cargo was unable to cross.

It is critical that the Erez crossing is also opened for the entry and exit of critical humanitarian staff.

Humanitarian access into and out of Gaza for staff and goods must be sustained and appropriate measures taken to ensure safe movement within Gaza.

Overnight, the UN received extremely worrying reports of additional civilian infrastructure being hit in Gaza, including the central COVID-19 testing lab and other health and humanitarian facilities.

In addition, the UN continues to receive reports of significant displacement of Palestinians in Gaza. Some 58,000 Palestinians have been displaced, 47,000 of whom are seeking protection in 58 UNRWA schools across Gaza.

In the West Bank, widespread demonstrations and clashes continue to be ssen. Health partners and community volunteers are treating a substantial number of people injured by live ammunition from Israeli forces.

In Israel, at least 10 people have been killed as of yesterday, with reports coming in of additional casualties today. Hundreds of people have been injured following Palestinian rocket attacks from highly populated civilian neighborhoods into civilian population centres in Israel.

Humanitarian partners are working to provide shelter and have helped more than 500 affected families with non-food items. But needs are constantly increasing.

As far as the security situation allows, the UN, along with its humanitarian partners, is providing food and non-food items to displaced families in Gaza, and immediate cash assistance to more than 56,000 people.