Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Lebanon, Mozambique
TitleDaily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ukraine, Lebanon, Mozambique
A civilian evacuated from Mariupol receives medical attention. (Photo taken on 8 May, 2022). Credit: OCHA/Kateryna Klochko
Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 16 June 2022
Intense and stepped up fighting in the country’s east – especially in and around Sievierodonetsk, the city of Donetsk, and many other locations – continues to impact men, women and children and cause a large number of casualties.
Yesterday, our colleagues from the NGO, World Central Kitchen, which has been doing incredible work across Ukraine to provide hot meals to people displaced by the war, said they lost more than 30 pallets of food. They say this happened when a missile struck and destroyed a wagon of the train that was transporting supplies in the east. No one was injured in the strike.
In Sievierodonetsk, as we have said, thousands of people – including women, children and the elderly – are experiencing constant bombardments and clashes. The parties to the conflict have not reached an agreement to either facilitate safe evacuations of civilians or enable access to aid workers to provide urgent assistance.
Our partners tell us they are particularly concerned by the health situation after most of the health facilities in Sievierodonetsk and the neighbouring city of Lysychansk were damaged or destroyed.
There also continue to be reports of residential areas being shelled in non-Government-controlled-areas of Donetska and Luhanska oblasts. In the past day alone, dozens of houses, a healthcare facility, and a school were damaged, according to local sources.
We again call on the parties to the conflict to fulfill their obligation to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure. We also call on them to allow for the urgent delivery of critical aid and to agree on safe passages for the civilians who wish to leave areas experiencing clashes and constant bombardments. Lives are at stake.
The Humanitarian Coordinator, Najat Rochdi, today launched the country’s revised Emergency Response Plan, which calls for $546 million to help one million people in areas where the needs are greatest.
Initially planned from August 2021 to July this year, the Plan has been extended to December due to the increasing humanitarian needs among the most vulnerable Lebanese people, as well as migrants and Palestine refugees.
Just over half of the funds we need have been received, which has allowed us to reach more than 600,000 people with assistance. The Emergency Response Plan complements support provided through the UN Relief Agency for Palestine refugees, also known as UNRWA, as well as the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan.
Yesterday, Ms. Rochdi announced a $16 million allocation from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund to scale up the humanitarian response. Lebanon is grappling with the combined effects of an economic and financial crisis, COVID-19, the fallout from the war in Ukraine, and the continued impact of the Syrian crisis.
Ordinary people’s lives are worsening day by day. In total, some 2.5 million people need humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, including migrants, and refugees.
More than 17,000 people in the northern districts of Ancuabe and Chiure in Cabo Delgado were forced to flee their homes after attacks in the past week.
A vast majority of the people who have been displaced are women and children. To date, humanitarian organizations have helped more than 1,700 people, with the UN Humanitarian Air Services airlifting aid supplies. Our partners are also pre-positioning food, education and hygiene kits.
The UN is staying and delivering in Cabo Delgado. Since the beginning of the year, we and our partners have reached 100,000 people. We are targeting 84,000 people with regular humanitarian assistance in Ancuabe and Meluco districts in the region.
We remind all parties to the conflict that they must respect and protect civilians, as well as facilitate rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian relief to civilians in need. It is also critical that vulnerable people – including the elderly, people with disabilities, pregnant women and unaccompanied or separated children – are reached with food, shelter, protection and other urgent aid as quickly as possible.