114m people displaced by war, violence Globally -UN

Arab foreign ministers to meet Wednesday on Gaza-Israel War Following a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel, the Arab League announced that its foreign ministers will meet on Wednesday to discuss "Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip." As Israel continues to pound targets in Gaza in the wake of Saturday's attack, the "extraordinary meeting" in Egypt's capital city of Cairo will look for "avenues of political action at the Arab and international level," according to a statement from Arab League deputy secretary general Hossam Zaki. In response to the most recent Israeli escalation, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday asked the Arab League to convene an urgent ministerial-level meeting. The ministry stated in a statement that it had instructed "its permanent delegation to the Arab League to request an emergency meeting of the League Council at the ministerial level. ". The agreement was made in response to "the escalation of Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people," it said. On Sunday, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry demanded an emergency meeting of the Arab League at the level of the Arab foreign ministers for "consultation and coordination on the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip and the emergence of military actions targeting civilians. ". The Arab League's Cairo headquarters will host the meeting this week, and the ministry said extensive consultations are already under way. After the Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed and settler violence increased, Hamas announced Operation Al-Aqsa Flood on Saturday. It claimed to have shot rockets and taken many Israelis hostage. In the attack, at least 350 Israelis were killed and more than 1,860 were hurt, and several soldiers and civilians were taken prisoner by Hamas and returned to Gaza. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, Israel responded with a series of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip that resulted in at least 313 Palestinian fatalities and close to 2,000 injuries.

UN refugee agency says no fewer than 114 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes by the end of September, due to conflict, persecution, and human rights violations.

The main causes of the worrying new total include the war in Ukraine, the conflicts in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Myanmar; drought, floods, and insecurity in Somalia; and a protracted humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, expressed his concern, stating that “globally, far too many conflicts are proliferating or escalating, shattering innocent lives and uprooting people.”

“The international community’s inability to solve conflicts or prevent new ones is driving displacement and misery.

“We must look within, work together to end conflicts, and allow refugees and other displaced people to return home or restart their lives,” he said in a statement.

As of June, the number of forcibly displaced individuals worldwide stood at 110 million, marking an increase of 1.6 million from the end of 2022.

Moreover, between June and the end of September, an additional four million were estimated to have been forcibly displaced, bringing the total to 114 million.

UNHCR’s report does not encompass the consequences of the Israel-Palestine conflict that ignited on October 7, as it fell beyond the report’s scope.

The report also revealed that low and middle-income countries bore the burden of hosting three-quarters of those in need of international

In spite the overwhelming challenges, High Commissioner Grandi remained resolute.

 “As we watch events unfold in Gaza, Sudan, and beyond, the prospect of peace and solutions for refugees and other displaced populations might feel distant.

“But we cannot give up. With our partners, we will keep pushing for – and finding – solutions for refugees,” he said.

This report’s release coincides with the upcoming second Global Refugee Forum, scheduled from Dec. 13 to 15 in Geneva.

The largest forum of its kind – focusing on refugees and forcibly displaced people – brings together governments, refugees, local authorities, international organisations, civil society, and the private sector.


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