Gaza Emergency

Gaza Emergency

© 2016 UNRWA Photo
UNRWA commenced the distribution of tarpaulin and nylon sheets as part of its emergency preparedness this winter
#MyVoiceMySchool. Homs camp, Syria. © 2015 UNRWA Photo by Taghrid Mohammad
A student voice project that gives young people a say in their education and future.
The 2014 UNRWA/EU Photography Competition People’s Choice winner photo by Khalid Atif Hasan, Gaza.
The people of Gaza are denied a human standard of living, having to endure chronic fuel and electricity shortages, extreme water pollution and a devastated infrastructure. This was not always the case. Before the imposition of the blockade on the Gaza Strip, it was a relatively developed society with a productive base and a thriving economy
Rafat Khurais and his son in their damaged home in Maghazi camp in Gaza. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam.
The hostilities in the summer of 2014 led to unparalleled human loss and destruction of infrastructure. At the peak of the conflict, 500,000 persons were displaced. Today, over 65,000 families – 70 per cent of them Palestine refugees – remain displaced, many living in unbearable circumstances
Graduate Islam Issa is giving a welcome speech during the graduation ceremony of the Young Women Leaders Programme in Gaza city. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Tamer Hamam
On 30 August the UNRWA Gender Initiative organized a graduation ceremony for 300 young female graduates who participated in three-month training under the Young Women Leaders Programme, which serves to promote equal opportunities for women in Gaza

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. Today, more than 300,000 children are in need of psycho-social support.

During the violence, over 142,000 housing units were impacted by the conflict, of which 9117 were completely destroyed and 5,417 severely damaged. The conflict led to a homelessness crisis in Gaza, with almost 500,000 persons displaced at its peak; 75,000 persons remain displaced to this day. Over the past two years, UNRWA has distributed US 190.7 million as part of its Emergency Shelter Programme. An additional US$720 million are required, of which US$ 257 were pledged, leaving a shortfall of US$463 million.

Also, 118 UNRWA installations were damaged, including 83 schools and 10 health centres. UNRWA has since repaired and rebuilt all of its damaged installations.

More information is available here and 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



persons spent some

time displaced

in UNRWA shelters


83 UNRWA schools,

10 health centres

& 25 other instalations



60,000 families

have not received

payments for house

repair works due

to lack of funding
(as of 20 November 2016)


  2014 Gaza conflict and UNRWA shelter response – updated Oct 2016


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

Gap 63.28
Coverage 36.72

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$148,000,000