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CrisisInSight Weekly Picks, 27 June 2019

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Fighting between the Myanmar Army and Arakan Army, an ethnic armed group seeking autonomy for Rakhine, has escalated since the beginning of 2019, and is placing civilians at risk.

On 21 June the Government temporarily suspended internet access across eight Rakhine townships, an action that humanitarian organisations fear could be used to cover up abuses on the ground.

The shutdown is likely to further restrict the access of humanitarian actors to affected persons, including to the estimated 23,000 people that remain displaced by fighting since the beginning of 2019.

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Peru imposed stricter entry requirements that came into effect on 15 June. Venezuelans must now present a passport and a consular humanitarian visa.

Between 8 and 15 June a surge of 34,000 Venezuelans entered Peru via Tumbes, as they rushed to cross the border before the new rule was implemented.

The influx triggered a scale-up of the humanitarian response to meet shelter, food, health, WASH and protection needs. Arrival rates have now decreased and some 100 people were denied access as they did not meet the new requirements.

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On 20 June WFP partially suspended operations in northern Yemen following continued interference from local authorities who have been diverting aid away from intended distribution points or blocking distribution entirely.

WFP attempted to introduce biometric registration as a measure to prevent aid diversion but were prevented from doing so. The decision of WFP to suspend activities is temporary, but it has already affected 850,000 people in Sana’a city.

Humanitarian organisations face increasing access restrictions across Yemen and aid is unable to reach people in need.

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