Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

Gaza Situation Report 16
The number of displaced people in UNRWA schools now exceeds 141,338 in 83 schools.
Coming to the aid of the Gaza Strip
The beginning of July has seen a dramatic escalation of violence in Gaza as hostilities have erupted between Israel and Hamas, including a massive Israeli military operation that is taking a devastating toll on men, women and children in the Gaza Strip. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has declared an emergency in all five governorates of the Gaza Strip. It appeals today for US$ 60 million to respond to the urgent and pressing humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza , including the thousands who have already fled their homes to seek safety in UNRWA facilities. New funding will enable UNRWA to respond to the immediate shelter, food, health and psycho-social needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), while replenishing emergency supplies and preparing for vital interventions necessary after a cessation of military activities. The emergency response phase is expected to last for one month, and the early recovery a further three to six months. Close to 22,000 civilians, threatened by the current conflict or having seen their homes destroyed or damaged, have already sought shelter in UNRWA facilities; that number is expected to rise to 50,...
Dubai Begins Humanitarian Airlift for UNRWA in GazaDubai Begins Humanitarian Airlift for UNRWA in Gaza
As the number of casualties and injured civilians rises in the Gaza Strip, aid agencies have geared up for the emergency response and mobilized relief supplies from the International Humanitarian City (IHC), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. These supplies have been donated to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for thousands of vulnerable displaced families in Gaza. Under the direction of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, a special airlift in support of displaced families in Gaza began on Sunday from the Royal Wing in Dubai, where a 747 cargo took off carrying 115 metric tons of aid, containing 45,000 mattresses, 10,000 blankets and 220 hygiene kits. The plane landed at Marka International Airport in Amman early on Monday, 21 July. "We are very grateful for the immediate reaction and most generous response we received from Dubai and all the IHC members to our call for help", said Pierre Krähenbühl, UNRWA Commissioner-General, who added that "the Dubai airlift is one of the best examples of how effective humanitarians can be when working together."
Remarks of Mr. Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General  of UNRWA
The Gaza Strip is once again experiencing very dramatic circumstances. The population of Gaza, including Palestine refugees, is once again enduring great suffering and many have lost their lives or sustained serious injuries. As Commissioner-General of UNRWA, I have come to Gaza, together with Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley, to directly observe the situation resulting from the widening military operations. I also came to discuss with our Director of Operations in Gaza, Mr. Robert Turner, the level of UNRWA's preparedness and emergency response capabilities. I am deeply alarmed and affected by the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip and the devastating human and physical toll it is taking on civilians, including Palestine refugees. The casualty numbers are now said to lie at 174 killed and over 1,100 wounded. All indications are -and I find this particulary dramatic - that women and children make up a sizable number of victims of the current strikes. I am equally disturbed that people with disabilities are among the victims, reportedly as a result of Israeli strikes.
Statement by Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Robert Turner On the unfolding situation in the Strip
Again the people of Gaza are suffering. The focus of the cameras will be on the dramatic footage created by massive airstrikes and people fleeing air raid sirens. But at the end of the day - in a wholesale manner – civilians in Gaza will suffer. Already 76 Gazans have reportedly been killed, including 10 children and over 500 injured, including as a result of the apparently deliberate targeting of residences. The United Nations has condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza on civilian areas in Israel and I do so again now. I also condemn use of force by Israeli security forces on Gaza that cause civilian casualties in violation of international humanitarian law. UNRWA has been in Gaza for 64 years, providing human development and relief support to Palestine refugees. Even during this time of conflict we continue to provide critical support; just yesterday as I visited our facilities I met refugee women who, in the midst of a massive bombing operation, brought their children to our health clinic for the their vaccinations, a commitment to their children’s well-being that continues to impress me. Our staff had turned up to work, as I expected they would. Almost 600 refugees...

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Facts & Figures

The Human Toll


Over 756 people killed


4,605 people injured


Over 141,338
people displaced

* Figures are accurate as of 24 July 2014


Gaza In Numbers


1.2 million refugees

230,000+ students


8 refugee camps

21 health centres


12,000+ staff members

12 food distribution


245 schools




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Funding Requirements

On 17 July, UNRWA launched a Flash Appeal for US$60 million to respond to the immediate needs of those affected by the ongoing emergency in the Gaza Strip. However, the dramatic escalation of the Israeli ground offensive in recent days has resulted in a massive increase in displaced persons with many seeking safety in UNRWA Designated Emergency Shelters (DES), and in significant further damage to homes and other civilian infrastructure. As of 21 July, the number of people taking refuge at the DES’s has exceeded 100,000 people. This number continues to increase by the hour.

In response to escalating humanitarian needs, UNRWA has revised its emergency response and expanded it to meet the greater scope of immediate and medium-term needs resulting from the intensified population displacement and infrastructure destruction. UNRWA has thus revisited the requirements presented in the Flash Appeal, and urgently seeks US$ 55 million in addition to the original $60 million. UNRWA now estimates that a total of US$ 115,000,000 is required to provide emergency assistance for up to 150,000 people, through its shelters –where food, NFIs and psycho-social support are provided- and through health and social service facilities available to those not taking refuge in UNRWA shelters. The funding will also position UNRWA to start early recovery activities immediately upon the cessation of hostilities.


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