Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

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10 May - 17 May 2016 | Issue 144 On 15 May, the UNRWA Elderly Programme took the lead within the UNRWA Social Services Division (part of the Agency’s Relief and Social Services Programme (RSSP))to celebrate International Day of Families by organizing different recreational activities such as games for children, women, and the elderly, also singing and competitions between the families, accompanied by refreshments. The activities were held in eight different Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres (CBRCs) and Women Programme Centres (WPCs) across the Gaza Strip. Approximately 180 Palestine...
Mohamed Geith and his daughter Ilham, standing in front of their house in Beach camp. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Mohamed Al Hinawi
Mohamed Ibrahim Geith, 62 years old, is originally from the village of Bashshit, southwest of Al Ramlah. Mohamed lives in beach camp. Known as Abu Islam, he is the father of three girls and two boys. He is unemployed. "Nakba for me is the reason behind all the hardships that I, my children, my parents and my grandparents had to go through the last 68 years," Mohamed explains. "Beach camp is not my homeland; we are forced to live here and to face all these challenges and complications in our lives as refugees". "I was born in Gaza, but the village of Bashshit is alive through the stories I...
Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Bo Schack (middle), with the two teams of innovators from the Gaza Training Centre, during the honouring ceremony. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Mohamed Al Hinawi
UNRWA celebrated the innovation demonstrated by graduates of its Gaza Training Centre (GTC), graduates. The ceremony was attended by the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, Mr. Bo Schack, UNRWA senior staff, the students’ parents and representatives from the industrial sector, General Palestinian Industrial Federation, Unions and None Governmental Organisations in Gaza.
Director of UNRWA Operation Gaza, Mr. Bo Scahck  with Senior External Relations and Projects Officer Mr. Munir Manneh flying the flags of Palestine and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the opening ceremony of Jabalia elementary girls’ school (A&B)  funded by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). Photo credit: ©UNRWA Gaza 2016. Photo by Tamer Hamam.
With the support of the Saudi Fund for Development, UNRWA inaugurated the new building of Jabalia elementary girls school A&B in northern Gaza
© 2015 UNRWA Photo.
UNRWA distributed over US$ 4.65 million in funding available for reconstruction and severe repair works to a total of 710 refugee families across the Gaza Strip
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The scale of human loss and destruction in Gaza during the 2014 conflict was catastrophic and has, in the words of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, “shocked and shamed the world.” During the 50 days from 8 July until 26 August 2014, 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 1,462 of them are believed to be civilians, including 551 children and 299 women. Sixty-six Israeli soldiers and five civilians, including one child, were also killed. Overall, 11,231 Palestinians were injured during the conflict, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children. Roughly one third of these children will have to cope with permanent disabilities for the rest of their lives as a result of their injuries.

During the violence, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. Over 12,600 housing units were totally destroyed and almost 6,500 sustained severe damage. Almost 150,000 additional housing units sustained various degrees of damage and remained inhabitable. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; thousands remain displaced to this day.

More information is available on the #GazaOneYearLater campaign page and the Gaza eight years of blockade infographic

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Facts & Figures

 

2,251 people killed

 

 

11,231 people injured

 

 

300,000

persons spent some

time displaced

in UNRWA shelters

 

 

83 UNRWA schools,

10 health centres

& 25 other instalations

damaged

 

 

47,000+ families

have not received

payments for house

repair works due

to lack of funding
(as of 1 September 2015)

 

 

  Impacted housing units during the 2014 Gaza conflict. © URNWA

 

More information on the impact of the 2014 conflict & UNRWA response

Gap 89.21
Coverage 10.79

Funding Requirements

In the oPt, Palestine refugees are exposed to the lasting consequences of an occupation now approaching 50 years. In Gaza, a decade-long blockade and repeated cycles of conflict has rendered the majority of the population dependent on aid to meet basic needs. Unemployment rates in the small coastal strip are among the highest in the world, particularly for women and youth.

In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, violence and operations by Israeli security forces, access restrictions, forced displacement, demolitions, and other rights violations increased significantly since October 2015. As a result of this intensified protection crisis, as well as the impact of long-term military occupation, Palestinian living standards are undermined, and the demand for humanitarian assistance interventions has remained high.

In 2016, UNRWA needs US$ 403 million to meet the minimum humanitarian needs of Palestine refugees in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Read the full 2016 oPt emergency appeal.

 

Total Appeal$403,000,000
Received to Date$43,500,000
Gap$359,500,000
Coverage10.79%
Gap89.21%

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Gaza Emergency 1
US$ 30 GIVES COUNSELLING TO A TRAUMATISED CHILD
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 2
US$ 40 FEEDS A PERSON TWO DAILY MEALS FOR A WEEK
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 3
US$ 149 PROVIDES A FAMILY WITH MATTRESSES,...
Gaza Emergency Donate Message 4
US$ 1080 FEEDS A FAMILY IN GAZA FOR A MONTH